French Presidential Election – Make it or Break it for the European Union?

Nationalism, populism and racism are increasing across both Europe and the rest of the Western world. The presidential election in the United States and the Brexit referendum in Britain taught us that the outcome of free elections cannot be predicted in advance. Later this spring, France will elect their new president, …

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Guns Don’t Kill People: The Case of Switzerland

When a disgruntled gun owner opened fire inside a regional parliament in 2001, it was the first mass shooting in Switzerland’s modern history. Fourteen people were killed, and another fourteen injured, all with standard issue weapons kept by many Swiss people at home. Despite the overall high gun ownership in …

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Caging the Russian Bear – are NATO and the EU playing a dangerous game?

This article is a part of The Perspective’s Open Mind Theme week. The aim of this week is to broaden perspectives and reveal new angles of subjects you may have thought were crystal clear. The views expressed here do not necessarily represent the views of The Perspective or the Association of Foreign Affairs …

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How to Talk About Islam

This article is a part of The Perspective’s Open Mind Theme week. The aim of this week is to broaden perspectives and reveal new angles of subjects you may have thought were crystal clear. The views expressed here do not necessarily represent the views of The Perspective or the Association of Foreign Affairs …

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“Chinese Democracy is the World’s Best Democracy”

Xi Jinping is a highly experienced bureaucrat, and worked as a local leader in Shaanxi province. Source: Kremlin.ru.

This article is a part of The Perspective’s Open Mind Theme week. The aim of this week is to broaden perspectives and reveal new angles of subjects you may have thought were crystal clear. The views expressed here do not necessarily represent the views of The Perspective or the Association of Foreign Affairs …

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The Human Cost of the Global Gag Rule

A few days into his presidency Donald Trump, like his Republican predecessors before him, reinstated the infamous Global Gag Rule. In its more than 30 years of on-and-off existence, this rule has severely affected organisations working with sexual and reproductive health services in countries all over the world. It was during …

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Strategy or Ambiguity? Taiwan-China Relations in the Age of Trump

Before even having time to organize his sock drawer in the White House, Donald Trump managed to endanger US relations with China and broke the policy tradition that had seen six presidents before him come and go. Traditionally, the US has acknowledged the One China Policy while engaging in trade …

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Gambling in Japan: Has Abe Gone Too Far?

Everyone travelling to Japan knows it: Pachinko (パチンコ). In the loud, well-lit halls dozens of people gamble, throwing steel balls into slot machines. The steel balls make a clicking sound (sounding like ‘Pachinko’ – explaining the name), and together the multiple rows of machines make a deafening noise. Still, the …

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Eating Climate Change

Animal agriculture is one of the main causes of climate change, with different sources claiming that our meat production and consumption produces between 14.5% and 51% of global greenhouse-gas emissions. The tremendous effect of climate change on the economy and society has received a great deal of attention in the …

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Same, Same, But Different – the Future of the Saami People

The Saami are an indigenous people who have lived in an area in the northern hemisphere referred to as Sápmi for about a thousand years. In time this area came to be divided into modern-day Sweden, Finland, Norway and Russia. A debate is currently raging among the Saami, on account …

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