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Belts, roads and regions: mapping imaginations

By C. Cindy Fan / 18 June, 2018

Spatial representations such as maps are instrumental to understanding and interpreting China’s policies. Official maps are available for some policies, while researchers and observers have also created their own spatial representations of policies. Either way, spatial visualisations help to translate policies into potential impacts on people and places and to...

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President Trump’s reckless decision requires a clear answer

By Knut Fleckenstein / 8 June, 2018

With his unnecessary decision to unilaterally leave the Iran nuclear deal, US President Donald Trump showed that he has no will to maintain a common policy with his allies.   On May 8 US president Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive...

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Iran’s Leadership After Trump Abandons The JCPOA

By Reza Marashi / 8 June, 2018

With Donald Trump abandoning the JCPOA, all eyes are now on Tehran. How will Trump’s unilateralism affect the balance of power in Iranian politics? As America seeks to re-impose sanctions, conventional wisdom presumes that Hassan Rouhani and his team are now marginalized. However, declarations of their demise are premature and...

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BRI : Making the Belt and Road Initiative a Two-Way Street

By Vassilis Ntousas / 8 June, 2018

For a city like Brussels, which is used to institutional and diplomatic wrangling, a report leaked to the German daily Handelsblatt some weeks ago that focuses on China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), caught many in Brussels by surprise.   According to the newspaper, the European Union’s 27 ambassadors to...

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BRI : an assessment of EU-China relations

By Jo Leinen / 8 June, 2018

In an interview with the Progressive Post, MEP Jo Leinen gave his views on EU-China relations, including China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Chinese investments in the EU such as buying the Port of Piraeus in Greece and future cooperation between the EU and China.   PP: How would you...

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BRI : Europe, China’s Silk Roads and India

By C. Raja Mohan / 8 June, 2018

One of the long term consequences of China’s expansive Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is the reorganisation of the physical, economic and political space in Asia and Europe as well as the Indian and Pacific oceans.   While the two continents and the two oceans were seen as separate geographies...

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Belt and Road Initiative and Europe’s fate: still united in diversity?

By Alisée Pornet / 8 June, 2018

Throughout 2017, several authors debated “Europe’s Destiny” (Ivan Krastev) as challenged by the refugee crisis and defied in “its conquest of ideals” (François Jullien) by the harsh reality of a political community that has been for too long led by economically driven issues. Alisée Pornet provides some insights with regard...

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What it will take to keep the deal alive

By Adnan Tabatabai / 7 June, 2018

The U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear agreement between Iran and the EU/E3+3 constitutes a strong rejection of multilateralism by the Trump administration and leaves the remaining parties of the agreement with the challenge to safeguard its survival. Europe has been ascribed a leading role in this quest, as it has...

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What we can do with Africa, together

By Federica Mogherini / 14 February, 2018

Europe’s attitude towards Africa is changing rapidly and radically. For too long Europeans have been mainly divided between those who wanted to exploit Africa’s resources and those who wanted, patronisingly, to “save” the continent through charity. Neither approach could lead us far in today’s world. Finally, we are starting to...

A new approach to EU convergence

By Heikki Patomäki / 13 February, 2018

The trend for economic and social convergence between EU countries in the early years of the euro turned out to be short lived. The absence of euro area growth from 2010 to 2017 resulted in greater rather than smaller divergences in economic and social outcomes. The euro crisis followed by...

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