China’s paradox: can increased authoritarianism be paired with economic liberalization?

During his speech at the China International Import Expo on the 5th of November, President Xi Jinping further urged global leaders to resist protectionism and make concerted efforts towards greater

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From a wind of change to a whiff of disappointment – The implications of the elections in East Germany 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall

If in 1989, one were to ask the people of East or West Germany what separates the one from the other, the answer would have been robust and straightforward: The

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Those for Whom the War Lives On – A View on The Aftermath of Agent Orange

As a geopolitical foreign policy strategy, the ‘Containment’ of a Communist spread into various regions of the Global South kept the United States actively engaged abroad throughout the Cold War.

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Educators on Strike in Chicago: Demanding Changes that Extend to Broader Social Issues

In October 2019, Chicago teachers went on strike for 11 days. Unique about this strike was the attention given to social issues extending beyond school ones, such as affordable housing and homelessness under students. So next to more funding for public education, the teachers want more support staff in schools, to help students that do not have a home or have experienced trauma. Even though the teachers did not get everything they wanted regarding the demands that extended beyond school issues, they achieved more than they ever did before.

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Fighting for the Environment: Waging War & Making Peace in the Anthropocene

Merely two years after it won independence from Portugal, a devastating civil war erupted in Mozambique. During this brutal conflict, violence and starvation claimed over a million casualties and displaced

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Beyond the Tax Intifada: Understanding the Meaning of the Lebanon Protests

After eight days of persistent protests, which brought Lebanon to a standstill, it was about time that the country’s president finally addressed the demonstrators in a televised broadcast. Yesterday, Michel

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What is driving the EU NUTS?: Regional Competitiveness in the EU

On the 7th of October, the European Commission received the fourth edition of the Regional Competitiveness Index (RCI). This report concerns the competitive position of all regions in the European

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Power of the People: Ecuadoran Indigenous Movement Strikes Deal to Cancel Austerity Package

It is after almost two weeks of protests filled with smoke from teargas, streets piled high with tires, and clashes between police and protesters, that the Ecuadoran president Lenín Moreno

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The Hard Reality of a Hard Border: Significance of a No-deal Brexit for Northern Ireland

Following the June 2016 referendum, rarely a day has passed when Brexit has not been of central discussion in the news. The referendum was predominately fueled by concerns about immigration,

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From declassification to decriminalization: the long road to LGBT equality in India

In September 2018, LGBT people in India celebrated after the country’s Supreme Court unanimously struck down a colonial-era ban on gay intimacy. This judgment legalized the sex lives of an

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