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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Hezbollah’s Footprints in Latin America – How the Wars on Drugs and Terror Coincide

The Tri-Border Area (TBA) of Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina is the breeding ground of a peculiar partnership, which intertwines two of the most complex conflicts of this century: the wars

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Death of a Dynasty: Change vs. continuity in Cuba

For the first time in almost six decades, Cuba is headed by a man whose last name isn’t Castro: former vice-president Miguel Díaz-Canel succeeded 86-year-old Raúl Castro on Thursday as

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Marketing for States – the Power of Nation Branding

The common war strategy of demoralizing the enemy by providing them with one’s own ideology over radio airwaves had found its way into the Cold War tactics. Western German radio

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Power of the Passport and Controversies of Investment Immigration

This article was inspired by an open lecture on the 13th of February given by a RUG professor from the faculty of law, Dimitry Kochenov. In this lecture, which carried

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