Representing Non-Representation

by Ed Alvarado “No taxation without representation!” This slogan was propagated throughout the Thirteen Colonies during the 1750s and 1760s. It underlined the sentiments that led to the American Revolution, and it revived ideals from the English Civil War regarding legitimate taxation and proper representation. But in 2016, during a time of globalization, migration and…

Dodging a Bullet? Austria’s Asylum Policy and the TFEU

by David Lansky In stark contrast to Angela Merkel’s disputed “Willkommenskultur,” the Austrian government made a dramatic about-face, in comparison to Germany’s open-door policy, in April of this year. A month after the Balkans Conference, Austria reinstated border controls based on its new asylum package. Human rights organizations were outraged, claiming it was in outright…

Rethinking National Sovereignty in a Changing World

by Hana Đogović Traditionally, the concept of sovereignty has been defined as the power of individual nation states to delineate their authority within their territorial boundaries. In 1648, the Treaty of W estphalia first established the present-day understanding of state sovereignty, which rests basically on two principles: Territoriality and the exclusion of external actors from…

The Silent Majority: DA Survey Results

by Ed Alvarado In 1947, Winston Churchill delivered a speech in which he declared: “No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” Democracy is all about representing and…