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As a first-year student I try to get my head around the many very diverse fields of IRIO while picking up some exceptional news for you. Be ready to hear about topics as varied as minority and religious politics as well as the economic background of world politics.

The Real Crisis in Ukraine

With the conflict in Eastern Ukraine simmering on for more than a year now, global public attention has largely moved on to other theaters of conflict. From a strategic perspective though, one statistic about Ukraine still deserves thorough analysis: In 1990, the total Ukrainian population was about 52 million people, today it is less than 46 million, with UN estimates ... Read More »

Interview with Jean-Pierre Kempeneers

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On the 30th of April Clio will host its annual conference under the theme “Diplomacy unravelled?”. At this conference, Jean-Pierre Kempeneers will lead a workshop on the importance of economic diplomacy. Mr Kempeneers has been serving in the Dutch diplomatic service for almost two decades. In 2014 he changed into the private sector and started working as Head of the ... Read More »

Why Tröglitz matters

On the eve of Easter Sunday a house went up in flames in the small village of Tröglitz in East Germany; the result of an arson attack. The building was supposed to accommodate 40 refugees from May onwards. This particular incident is illustrative for a change in German politics. Its implications might ultimately be felt in all of Europe. The ... Read More »

Move over the Donbass, new fault lines are in sight.

With the conflict in Eastern Ukraine lingering on into a ceasefire that does not really live up to its name, the international community should nevertheless take a broader view. As Russia seems to be on a path to reasserting a more dominant role in regional politics, a multitude of conflicts that have been “frozen” pretty much since the end of ... Read More »

Never forget

While we are commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp, it is time to ask what the Holocaust means for young Germans today. How can Germany as a country deal with its Nazi-past? How are future generations going to remember this past, when there are no witnesses anymore to tell about the horror of genocide? ... Read More »

A Voice for Tolerance, a Voice for Hope

Northern Syria is surely not a place that produces much good news at the moment. The Syrian civil war is in its fourth year, the advance of the Islamic State has shown to the world what atrocities Syrians have to face and the desperate struggle for Kobani is still not decided. And yet one can find stories of cooperation, tolerance ... Read More »

Interview with Siruan H. Hossein

Below you can find the original questions that we asked to Mr Hossein, founder of ARTA FM, and his responses, in their exact wording. Also check out the article, here. C&B: When exactly was Arta FM established, by whom and with which goals in mind? Siruan H. Hossein: ARTA FM first went on Air on July 6th 2013 in Amuda ... Read More »

The Greatest Trek in History

With China’s economy having experienced a rise that is second to none, the government often boasts about having lifted hundreds of millions out of poverty. What is often forgotten is that this has also led to one of the greatest migration movements in human history. China booms, but it does not do so everywhere. While the overwhelming majority of industrial ... Read More »

Taiwan: How Not to Communicate Negotiations

While the US and the EU continue their negotiations about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) under disputable circumstances, namely the lack of public oversight, negotiators should maybe take a look at Taiwan: The student-led mass protests give a striking example of what can happen if governments try to implement questionable trade agreements behind closed doors or even against ... Read More »

The postponed conflict – Bosnia’s challenges

When the Dayton Agreements that ended the war in Bosnia were signed on November 21st 1995, they were commonly seen as a major diplomatic achievement that brought peace back to the Balkans. In the protests that rocked Bosnia-Herzegovina in early and mid-February however, the dangerous legacy of these treaties became shockingly visible. On February 4, it was just too much ... Read More »