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…

Conflict and the Media

by Natalie Tavadze 2016 marks the fifth year of the Syrian Civil War, the second year of the conflict in the Ukraine, the second year of the Iraqi Civil War, a year of war in Afghanistan, following the 2001-2014 phase, a year of Yemeni Civil War, the seventh year of the Boko Haram insurgency, the…

Media in Russia: A Closed Circuit

by Anton Palladin Despite government claims to the contrary, the media in Russia is deceptively and decidedly pro-government. Frequent cases of disinformation, self-censorship and killings of journalists characterize the Russian media space. Nevertheless, by presenting Russia in a consistently positive light, state media arms adroitly mask such bias. Because many uneducated Russians cannot access wider…

The Winds of Change in South America

by Maria-Jose Alvear For more than fifteen years, extreme left-wing governments have ruled several countries in South America in an attempt to combat extreme inequality, poverty and concentration of income. Recently, however, an inadequate management of the economy has caused recessions and social unrest in countries run by populist administrations. The outcomes of two important…

Canada’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

by Christa Jetté Being Canadian comes with a set of unwritten values, cultural ideals and views on world issues that set a Canadian apart from someone who is British, Australian or even American. For these reasons, Justin Trudeau’s victory in the 2015 national election was and is a crucial development in the history of Canadian…