Open Think Tank
24 Sep 2016
11 Sep 2016
Leonid Bershidsky, a Bloomberg columnist, this July provocatively stated that ‘Russia Has the Most Boring Election of 2016’, especially when compared to the immense spectacle of the U.S. presidential and senate elections. Despite the fact that the upcoming state Duma election is the first election since the 1990s that is taking place during an economic downturn, few aspects point to changes in the composition of the Duma or any major effects for the general Russian political system. Nevertheless, the elections might give insights into the general mood of the population and the Russian political theater.
2 Sep 2016
On 24 June 2016, the day the EU started to implode, India and Pakistan joined the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). The crossover between the events could indicate a geopolitical upheaval because after the South-East Asian states joined the SCO now represents 40% of the global population and is therefore the world’s largest regional organisation.
18 Aug 2016
“Any law that the people have not ratified in person is void, is not law at all.“
(Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract 1763)
Micro-level case study: Brazilian Inequality and Social Stratification
“Building Bridges: Drawing Borders” compares the lives of two young women who grew up in neighbouring municipalities in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. Urban segregation, dividing the megalopolis into favelas (shanty towns) and gated communities, reflect the social inequality between them. In spite of the introduction of more integrative policies in the past, the underlying problem remains the same: Because of a gap between the rich and poor, the majority of Brazilians miss the opportunity to improve their quality of life in the long run.
2 Aug 2016
At the end of 2011, the friendship between former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin manifested itself in the 1224 kilometre-long Nord Stream I Pipeline, through which natural gas is imported from Russia to the EU. Five years later, Europe is discussing a twin project: Nord Stream II. If the investors Gazprom (50 per cent share), Uniper, OMV, Shell, Wintershall and ENGIE had their way, the project would have been launched yesterday; however, there is still a rocky political path to be travelled from the start of construction until the opening.
30 Aug 2016
Am 1. Oktober 2016 veranstaltet IFAIRs Impact Group UN Parliament ein Symposium zum Thema „Die Idee eines Weltparlaments: Demokratisierung globaler Politik oder Verstetigung hegemonialer Ordnung?“ in Berlin. Referenten sind hochrangige Persönlichkeit aus Wissenschaft und Zivilgesellschaft. Die Impact Group lädt Doktoranden und MA-Studierende unterschiedlicher Fachbereiche herzlich dazu ein, an dem Symposium teilzunehmen und gerne auch einen ca. 15-minütigen Impulsvortrag zu halten. Bewerbungen bitte bis 10. September 2016 an firstname.lastname@example.org. Die Anzahl der Plätze für Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer ist begrenzt.
24 Aug 2016
While gender equality is a global issue, it manifests in different forms across the globe. Is there common ground for an interregional agenda to reduce gender-based discrimination and violence in Europe and Asia? To approach this question from the perspective of young people, students and young professionals from 14 different countries discussed gender problems in the two regions and brainstormed on solutions onine in IFAIR’s 3rd EU-ASEAN Perspectives dialogue (EUAP III). Weiterlesen..