Category: Europe

On the Right to Self-Determination and a State-Centric World

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The Scottish Independence Referendum, on September 18, was perhaps the most anticipated political event of 2014; however, it clearly was not without precedent. Nationalistic movements, culminating in a demand for the recognition of the people’s right to self-determination, have been…

New Horizons for Diplomacy between Iran and the U.S.

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Amidst the recent clashes between ISIL, NATO and Kurdish Peshmerga forces, along with widespread global unease surrounding the Islamist group’s recent territorial gains, the UN General Assembly has reconvened in New York to discuss another contentious issue in the MENA…

BRICS, Russia and Ukraine: Geopolitics, Solidarity, Quiet Diplomacy, and Structural Challenges

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The ‘BRICS’, referring to the nations of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, is a cooperative group of nations in global and economic affairs. The importance of BRICS has increased, from adding South Africa in 2010, to a vision of…

Between the Bear and a New Rome: Ukraine’s Geopolitical Choice

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On November 21st, the Ukrainian government announced it was halting negotiations over a free trade and economic development agreement with the European Union (EU). This was justified as necessary in the hopes of reestablishing normal political and economic relations with…

Resolved: This House Would Institute a Universal Basic Income

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PROPOSITION Soon, Switzerland will have a referendum on a proposal to give a universal basic income (UBI) of 2,500 Swiss francs ($2,800 dollars per month) to every working-age adult, regardless of income. That works out to $33,600 a year in…