Haunted by ethnic war – Bosnia’s long road to development

In post-conflict Bosnia (1995-today) the efficient implementation of the Dayton Accords have produced a lasting peace and several elections for parliament. Although this can, and should, be regarded as a major achievement, the real issues in Bosnia have yet to be dealt with. Ethnic divisions are still haunting this nation …

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Dashing through the snow; the resource race in the Arctic

The words “Arctic Circle” are usually associated with pictures of husky dogs, polar bears and researchers with icicles in their faces. It is difficult to find connections between the Arctic Circle, submarines, science fiction type snowmobiles, NATO and India. But believe it or not, all of those are entwined. The …

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We Shouldn’t Use The F-Word, Should We?

With Russia’s activities in Ukraine and the Baltic region, Finland has recently found itself in a very sensitive geopolitical and economic position. This position is one that they are not entirely unfamiliar with; during the Cold War Finland had to navigate on tricky political waters. In order to keep a …

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New Zealand, is it time for re-branding?

New Zealand has been stuck in a perpetual identity crisis, but perhaps a solution is on the horizon. Taking inspiration from companies such as Apple and Starbucks maybe an image makeover is what this country needs to move forward out of their postcolonial slump. The proposed re-branding is to change …

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Mos Maiorum: A hunt for the undocumented

Between the 13th and 26th of October 2014, a hunt for illegal immigrants took place in several countries in the European Union. The operation was initiated by the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in cooperation with the European border authority Frontex. All the EU countries were …

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What’s Obama been up to? – Race in the United States

When the Democrats only elected two new Senators in the 2004 election, it was, along with the re-election of George W. Bush, considered a failure. The pool of new talent was looking shallow, and worried voices were raised about the future of the Democratic Party. But one of those new …

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Ultra-monarchism in Thailand, using an old law as a political weapon.

The political situation in Thailand is an unsettling one. Thailand has had a long history of military coups, but the latest one brings to light numerous problems regarding democracy, human rights and freedom of expression. Since the coup in 2006 the use of the infamous “lèse majesté” law has increased …

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Clean consciousness, dirty digging: The real price of a clean future

While the global climate negotiations are at a halt and the prospects of making serious commitments to stop climate change appear depressingly far away, companies and consumers sit on parts of the solution. The sudden boom in the production and sales of e-cars can be seen as a part of …

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US gang policy, perpetuating international crime?

Mara Salvatrucha is one of the largest Hispanic street gangs in the United States and has been dubbed the world’s most dangerous gang by the media. It is one of few truly international gangs, whose members are notorious for their brutal violence and their signature tattoos, which often cover their faces. …

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Qatar 2022: A story of blood, sweat and corruption

 #130168839 / gettyimages.com Many people were surprised when the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) announced Qatar as the host for the World Cup in football 2022. Qatar is not a big football nation; in fact it has never managed to qualify to the World Cup. During summer, which is …

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