eContributions

We cover highly dynamic thematics and therefore we accept eContributions up to 700 words which reflect on IR as they happen. To provide a timely commentary on the current unfolding developments, these bits are non-peer reviewed and published online. There should be no notations included.

Sharing Lessons and Perspectives with Chinese Education Innovators

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Stephanie Novak

Sharing Lessons and Perspectives with Chinese Education Innovators

What can the world learn from China and its education system; and what can we teach the Chinese? That was the burning question at a key regional seminar in Beijing last weekend. Some of the leading lights in education from the UK, US and around the globe travelled to the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) gathering in Beijing, China, entitled ‘Innovating for Equity and Empowerment’. The WISE-LIFE China Forum, developed by WISE and partners the 21st Century Education Research…

On the Brink? Assessing the US Election, 2016

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Iuliia Shirinkina

On the Brink? Assessing the US Election, 2016

While the presidential elections in the US are approaching to its final stage, more information is being published about the two candidates. The large amounts of personal information or facts that have not been considered significant in the past are now being revealed and spread around by numerous media outlets. As the campaigning is nearing its end any significant fact may change the voters’ opinions on candidates by emphasizing the flaws in their political campaigns, previous careers and…

Romania: Still at Odds with the Rule of Law

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Radko Hokovský

Romania: Still at Odds with the Rule of Law

With nearly 20 million inhabitants Romania joined the EU together with Bulgaria in 2007. While Romania is scheduled to hold the EU Council presidency in 2019, the country remains at the periphery of the Union in terms of its geography, economic performance and the level of its institutional integration. Romania fulfils neither the fiscal criteria for the adoption of the Euro currency, nor has it been allowed to join the Schengen Area. And, moreover, it is still under the so-called Cooperation…

Private vs. Public Interest: Whose City is it?

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Ewelina Szczech

Private vs. Public Interest: Whose City is it?

Comparing Public Space Models in Central and Eastern Europe—A Look at Bucharest, Romania and Warsaw, Poland What defines a character of a city is its public space, not its private space. What defines the value of the private assets of the space are not the assets by themselves but the common assets. The value of the public good affects the value of the private good. We need to show every day that public spaces are an asset to a city. — Clos, Executive Director, UN-Habitat This reflection…

Human Rights in Romania? The Scent of Hypocrisy

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Adisa Avdić-Küsmüş

Human Rights in Romania? The Scent of Hypocrisy

Amid growing security concerns and an unfolding migrant crisis, developing adequate mechanisms for human rights development has tumbled down the priority list in Romania--a country that lacks strong democratic traditions and continues to carry the heavy burden of its communist past. This is producing a generation of policy makers hostile to the anchors of European values. Consider that earlier this year Romanian Justice Minister, Raluca Pruna, suggested that human rights are a 'theoretical…

Massive Immigration Overshadowed by the Upcoming Wave of Robots

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Laszlo Lovaszy

Massive Immigration Overshadowed by the Upcoming Wave of Robots

Everybody now talks about Brexit and illegal immigration; however there was another crucial referendum on our future several weeks ago. Voters in Switzerland rejected with a large and convincing majority the idea of introducing the so-called unconditional basic income (UBI) scheme this June. According to supporters of this campaign, over 90 % of office workers will be replaced by computers soon. Let’s see the case of Artificial Intelligence (AI) first. According to a recent Nature article, we…

The Italian Ally In The V4 Gas Security Battle

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Matteo Tacconi

The Italian Ally In The V4 Gas Security Battle

The Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has aggressively challenged Angela Merkel’s European Economic policy. Flexibility, banking union, and Eurozone governance are the main friction points between the two leaders. Renzi claims that Europe has to cease its austerity period and focus on growth. While Merkel continues to believe that budgetary discipline is still key to recovery, her stance is increasingly less firm. Among the instruments Renzi is using to influence this disagreement, the Nord…

Turkey's Loaded Discussion On System Change: Presidentialism Vs. Parliamentarism

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Birol Akgün

Turkey's Loaded Discussion On System Change: Presidentialism Vs. Parliamentarism

Turkey is currently embroiled in a heated domestic debate about transitioning from a parliamentary system to a presidential system.There are deep divisions among both Turkey’s political class and different segments of society about the proposed political system and constitutional change. In this article, the author lays out the reasons behind the AK Party’s push for establishing an executive presidency, the opposition parties’ positions vis-a-vis this change, and the different dimensions of the…

The European Immigration Crisis: A Review

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Alireza Salehi Nejad, Affiliation University of Tehran

The European Immigration Crisis: A Review

Issues including the immigration flows, increased diversity of the society, and alienation of parts of the population are not necessarily new phenomena for the European Union. As an illustration, Frontex, the EU Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders, was founded in 2004 in the light of the uncontrolled immigration from Africa to control the cooperation between national border guards securing its external borders, or EUROSUR (the European Border…

Saudi-Iranian Tensions: The View From the Arabian Gulf

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Cinzia Bianco

Saudi-Iranian Tensions: The View From the Arabian Gulf

On 02 January, Saudi Arabia executed some 47 people on terrorism charges. Among those executed forty-three were from the Sunni sect – and, mostly, associated with al Qa’ida – while four were from the Shia sect. The prominent dissident cleric, Nimr al-Nimr, the de facto spiritual pulse leader of the 2011 protests that shook Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich Eastern Province, was among those executed. Upon his death, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, declared al-Nimr a shaheed (martyr) and…

2017 - Volume 11, Issue 1