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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 … Continue reading

Relations | Internationale(s) | Beziehungen / Uncategorized

Menaces sur la démocratie

Petra Staduan Des politiciens démocratiquement élus, qui travaillent au démantèlement de la démocratie, des partis traditionnels en crise, les doutes qui accablent la social-démocratie, ce ne sont là que quelques-uns des exemples qui caractérisent notre époque comme post-démocratique. Le livre Post-Democracy de Colin Crouch donne des pistes de réflexion et peut être chaudement recommandé à … Continue reading

Environment & Technology

Development within the “Bigger Picture”: The Water-Energy-Food Nexus

by Maria Wirth The most efficient greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction measures may not come only from the energy sector. The extraction, treatment and transport of water, for example, accounts for 8% of worldwide energy generation, according to UN-Water. As population growth and climate change are exacerbating resource scarcity, scientists, infrastructure managers and the private sector … Continue reading

Environment & Technology / Uncategorized

The autonomous future: Driverless vehicles and app-based mobility

by Laura Beitz More and more, driverless cars are taking to the streets. Google, BMW and Audi are testing their autonomous cars across the United Kingdom. Gothenburg, Sweden will host Volvo’s launch with 100 cars next year. In California, autonomous vehicles are already a common sight on public streets. In April, squadrons of driverless trucks … Continue reading

Book Review / Profiles & Reviews / Uncategorized

Book Review: Economix: How Our Economy Works (And Doesn’t Work)

by Victoria Haykin When I began my studies at the Diplomatic Academy, I was introduced for the first time in my academic career to the field of economics. Prepared to be entirely disinterested, instead I found my curiosity piqued. Shortly after lectures in Microeconomics began, I picked up a copy of Economix: How Our Economy … Continue reading

Profiles & Reviews

On Exchange: Tales of Travel, Study and Cultural Acclimatization

Where Westerners Look Foreign Anna Ecker and Martin Jörg were the first students to participate in the Diplomatic Academy’s new exchange program with Korea University’s Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS). The program facilitates a four-month exchange between two students from the DA and two students from GSIS and is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme … Continue reading

International Economics

China’s economy – As gloomy as it seems?

by Catherine Lankes The Chinese economy is experiencing a slowdown, transforming the economic wunderkind of the past three decades into an unpredictable teenager. Now, in 2016, China is mired in debt, with a current debt growth rate of 11%. The Renminbi has weakened considerably, following Beijing’s mismanagement of the currency. The property market is in … Continue reading

Black gold? – Plummeting oil prices and their negative effect on exchange rates
International Economics

Black gold? – Plummeting oil prices and their negative effect on exchange rates

©Oli4.D, flickr by Valentina Kiefer and Alexios Seibt In recent months, the oil price has plummeted dramatically, from a relatively stable USD 110 per barrel in mid-2014, to below USD 30 per barrel in January 2016. This has had a significant impact upon the exchange rates of many oil-exporting nations. Canadian, Russian and Norwegian currencies, … Continue reading

Die offene Gesellschaft und ihre Feinde oder im Zweifel gegen den Angeklagten
Relations | Internationale(s) | Beziehungen

Die offene Gesellschaft und ihre Feinde oder im Zweifel gegen den Angeklagten

von Klara Melbinger Angesichts von Krieg und Terror wollen sich viele westliche Staaten vor möglichen zukünftigen Angriffen schützen. Problematisch wird dies allerdings, wenn jene Maßnahmen, die zum Schutz der freien Gesellschaft etabliert wurden, eben jene Freiheit untergraben. „Der Zweck des Staates ist in Wahrheit die Freiheit“, schrieb Spinoza bereits im Jahr 1670 in seinem Theologisch-politischen … Continue reading

L’Union Européenne ou l’optimisme : Les déboires du Partenariat Oriental
Europe / Relations | Internationale(s) | Beziehungen

L’Union Européenne ou l’optimisme : Les déboires du Partenariat Oriental

by Viktoria Holler et Mahault Piéchaud-Boura Comme Candide dans le comte philosophique de Voltaire, l’Union pleine d’optimisme a décidé d’élargir ses horizons. En 2003, elle lance la Politique Européenne de Voisinage pour établir un « cercle d’amis » promouvant la stabilité et la prospérité, et permettant aux pays concernés un rapprochement avec l’Union européenne. Cette politique se … Continue reading

Etat d’Urgence – Qu’est-ce qui vient après?
Europe / Relations | Internationale(s) | Beziehungen

Etat d’Urgence – Qu’est-ce qui vient après?

  by Anthony Bruder « Nous sommes en guerre » a déclaré François Hollande, président de la République française après les attentats du 13 novembre. Daesh a, pour ainsi dire, apporté le combat au foyer. Une instabilité régionale, un conflit ethno-religieux, est devenu et reste encore une guerre totale contre les valeurs de l’Ouest, ces valeurs qui … Continue reading

The Non-Negotiables of Refugee Integration: Ensuring the Safety and Sexual Liberty of Women
Featured / Opinion Piece

The Non-Negotiables of Refugee Integration: Ensuring the Safety and Sexual Liberty of Women

by Sheeva Seyfi In the wake of over one million asylum-seekers’ migration to Europe from sexually conservative regions, effective integration methods regarding total gender equality must be developed and thoroughly implemented. Band-Aids on Broken Bones “Women should in general not go out on the streets at night alone,” advised Vienna’s Police Chief, Gerhard Pürstl. His … Continue reading

Newspeak 2.0 – How political correctness hinders a critical debate about the refugee crisis
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Newspeak 2.0 – How political correctness hinders a critical debate about the refugee crisis

by Christina Ginthör By the end of World War II, the power of propaganda as a political tool had been well established, although not always well understood by the wider public. So when George Orwell´s Nineteen Eighty-Four was first published in 1949, Orwell recast public discourse and perception about the inevitable and horrific growth of … Continue reading

Environment & Technology

The Third Machine Age – Beyond General Intelligence

by Klara Melbinger From the invention of the simple Spinning Jenny to Amazon’s launch of the Echo, humankind has oscillated between the virtue and the vice of machines. The Second Machine Age created “smart technology” consisting of iPhones, 3D printers and smart sleeping systems. AI, the art of engineering intelligent rather than smart machines, could … Continue reading

From Fixed Feed-in-Tariffs to a Power Exchange Market: Advancing or Deterring Investment in Renewables?
Environment & Technology / Uncategorized

From Fixed Feed-in-Tariffs to a Power Exchange Market: Advancing or Deterring Investment in Renewables?

by Maria Wirth The popular Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) system in place in several countries in the European Union enabled renewable energies to cover 48% of the EU power mix in 2015. Intended as a temporary measure, the tariffs are subject to continuous degression. Amid cases of disproportional cuts, investors are threatening to turn away from renewable … Continue reading

The Paris Climate Change Conference – Road to a Universal Climate Agreement or a Second Kyoto?
Environment & Technology

The Paris Climate Change Conference – Road to a Universal Climate Agreement or a Second Kyoto?

by Constantin Muraru and Valentin Stein “I do not even like the term negotiate. There is nothing to negotiate with the environment.” – The Island President This December, high-ranking officials will meet at the Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris for two weeks to discuss a new climate agreement intended to collectively mitigate the … Continue reading

Das Fremde in uns
Relations | Internationale(s) | Beziehungen

Das Fremde in uns

©Ksenia Poplavskaya Valentina Kiefer Die mediale Auseinandersetzung mit Ausländerfeindlichkeit und den diesbezüglichen Ängsten der europäischen Bevölkerung ist im Moment allgegenwärtig und wirft Fragen auf, die uns als Einzelne und unsere Gesellschaften als Ganze betreffen. Oft vergessen oder übersehen wir dabei nämlich, wie schnell der Einzelne zum Fremden werden kann – auch in ähnlichen Kulturkreisen. Ich … Continue reading

Europe / Relations | Internationale(s) | Beziehungen / World

Immigration: le passé oublié

Emigrant’s farewell by Antoine Volkmar © Wikimedia Commons by Guido Long Cet été, Matteo Salvini, leader du parti populiste de droite italien la Ligue du Nord, partageait sur sa page Facebook un article au titre clair : « Les ex-émigrés disent non aux réfugiés ». Article éloquent sur la situation actuelle de l’Europe. Les pays auraient-ils oublié leur passé? … Continue reading

Deleuzian Philosophy and Political Reality
Profiles & Reviews

Deleuzian Philosophy and Political Reality

by Pietro Siena “The world is neither true nor real, it is living” — G. Deleuze Gilles Deleize © Flickr.com The famous French philosopher Michel Foucault stated, “one day, perhaps, this century will be called Deleuzian.” Foucault’s moving tribute to his friend and fellow French philosopher Gilles Deleuze is a sign of the potential impact that … Continue reading

St. George Does Business with the Dragon
International Economics

St. George Does Business with the Dragon

George Osborne © Flickr.com by Filippo Amodeo Grabau On his trip to China in September 2015, surrounded by the electrifying atmosphere of the Shanghai Stock Exchange, British Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, referred to the reestablishment of the “UK-China relationship for many years to come” as the “Golden Era.” He said this with the intention … Continue reading

Africa’s Chinese Challenge – Towards a More Sustainable Partnership
Africa / Asia / International Economics

Africa’s Chinese Challenge – Towards a More Sustainable Partnership

by Caroline Bartel On December 4–5, 2015, Chinese and African leaders and ministers will gather in Johannesburg to open the sixth Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). For China, it will be an opportunity to set its African policy for the following three years. For African countries, the summit challenges them to insist on their own … Continue reading

Super Power Tools: The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership are a Means to Accomplishing America’s Global Ambitions
International Economics

Super Power Tools: The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership are a Means to Accomplishing America’s Global Ambitions

by Jamie Lee-Brown and Dominik Draxler A Brief History of TPP The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is, on paper, an attempt to breathe life into the biggest international trade deal seen in two decades. It has been billed as a chance to boost the world economy by $223 billion by 2025, to introduce the world to … Continue reading

Fighting Boko Haram — A Long Battle Ahead
Africa / International Politics

Fighting Boko Haram — A Long Battle Ahead

by Enia Bearzotti Although largely ignored by most mass media outlets in Western countries, the activities of Boko Haram are still ongoing and are affecting a significant portion of Africa. The group first gained worldwide attention in April 2014 following the kidnapping of 276 girls from a school in Chibok, Borno State. These missing girls … Continue reading