Foreign Affairs: Analysis
11 july 2014
It’s time for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil and stadiums throughout the Samba Land are filled with large English posters promoting the slogans of FIFA’s sports diplomacy. We asked Eric Ehrmann, Brazilian columnist and RIAC blogger, to share his views on Mundial 2014 and its implications for Brazil and other countries that host this event.
In June 2014 Bulgaria and Serbia announced the suspension of works on the South Stream pipeline. What is the fate of the South stream pipeline in such a situation? Will Bulgaria and Serbia bring economic damage? What does European Commission evaluate the situation on the South Stream pipeline? Dr. Carole Nakhle, energy economist, expert for the Fiscal Affairs Department at the International Monetary Fund, offer her views here.
10 july 2014
What will education be like in 100 years? The simple answer is as follows: education will be the driver of a new knowledge-based economy and society. This type of education will promote values that are shaped by society and include academic freedom; student self-government; the establishment of self-governing research teams composed of professors and students; a dynamism in constantly generating and mastering new knowledge and competencies; and the ability to concentrate intellectual and financial resources on key topics of interest.
09 july 2014
The European security system is facing hard times. However, lessons should be learned from crises. Decision-making on key issues must involve all countries in the region. The OSCE provides ample opportunities for seeking consensus and is able to adapt to new challenges.
Year in year out we have the World Bank, World Economic Forum, IMD in Switzerland to name a few, grading countries’ competitiveness and business processes. Yet the most competitive countries are not necessarily the happiest to live in according to the Happiest Country Raking. Where does Ethics rank in any of these rankings? How do we evaluate ethics? Is Ethics in Business so nebulous in its concept and form that we shy away from measuring or legislating it?
Author: Firoz Abdul Hamid, Fellow of Royal Society of Arts.
08 july 2014
In 2013, Africa celebrated the golden jubilee of its continental organization – the Organization of African Unity, which in 2002 was reorganized into the African Union. To what extent has the dream of its “founding fathers” to unite Africa become a reality? How many more years will it take for this to come true, or is it time to admit that achieving unity is no different from chasing a rainbow?
07 july 2014
This article offers an analysis of the importance of demography as a major influence on the development of ties between Russia and Georgia, a factor which effectively facilitated neighborly and mutually beneficial relations between the two countries more than two centuries ago. Today, demographic factors, including migration, may help improve the bilateral dialogue, despite political and territorial differences (among them over Abkhazia and South Ossetia) that have severely aggravated ties over the past 20 years.
First World War, European Political Landscape, Russian-Georgian Normalization, Sino-American geopolitical interests
Early July summer heat seems to have reached international affairs too. Everyone is either watching Mundial 2014 or relaxing at some spa beach resort. And yet the hectic world of IR is moving, experts are giving their opinion and politics is on the go. Here you will find publications on: a forever memory of the First World war beginning, changing European political landscape, Russian-Georgian normalization, Sino-American geopolitical interests and a book on Global Value exchange.
04 july 2014
In mid-May last year, Portugal officially exited the financial assistance program launched in 2011 by the European Union, European Central Bank, and International Monetary Fund. Although it was not the first country to turn its back on these loans (Ireland had that honor), Portugal has attracted significant public attention. After a painstaking implementation of international creditors’ guidelines, Lisbon has progressed along the path of reform and returned to the world credit market. Spain and Greece have also been rather successful in bridling the negative economic trends to prove that PIGS countries offer a good example of the focused execution of complicated homework.
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