Scars Too Deep to Heal: Historical Legacies and the Japanese-South Korean Trade Dispute

As territorial claims in the South China Sea continue to test the patience of regional hegemons and superpowers alike, an economic conflict of a less visible, yet equally significant nature,

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Those that Faustus most desires; The global problem of student debt

“I accuse Macron, Hollande, Sarkozy and the EU of killing me by creating uncertainties about the future of everyone, and I also accuse Le Pen and columnists of creating not-so-insignificant

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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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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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March for Rights: A reflection on the closing of the Gender Pay Gap

This year’s International Women’s Day has witnessed protests and celebrations across the globe to highlight a range of remarkable stories and achievements. Every year, gender related issues, such as pay

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Africa – The Most Powerful Player in a New Scramble

In December 2018, US national security advisor John Bolton unveiled the United States’ new Africa policy: the “Prosper Africa” strategy. Although vague in means, its goal was all too clear.

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The Need for Renewable Energy Sources: Answers Found in Lithium Mining in Bolivia

Lithium is a vital mineral resource in the storage of energy in the form of batteries. Bolivia, one of the World’s poorest nations, is sitting on the World’s second-largest lithium

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The Pacifying Flows of Virtual Water

In 1995, Ismail Serageldin, vice-president of the World Bank remarked that “if the wars of this century were fought over oil, the wars of the next century will be fought

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