Researches

09.05.2014

Australia: Has an 'out of control' intelligence community compromised 'Australia in the Asian Century'?

Ironically Australia is cutting its foreign aid budget by AUD 4.5 Billion over the next 4 years, while at the same time increasing its intelligence budget. This is not a good message to be sending out to the region if sincere and open engagement is truly sort by the Abbott Government. Asia is judging Australia by its actions, not rhetoric, and there appears to be a massive failure which the Abbott Government must quickly react to, if Australia's interests are to be safeguarded.

09.05.2014

Vietnam: The ongoing public debt crisis in the European Union: impacts on and lessons for Vietnam

As has been discussed, the macro-economy of Vietnam is currently displaying a number of worrying issues and symptoms. The crisis has struck in the wake of Vietnam's rapidly changing economy and exposed a number of key weaknesses in the country's macro-economy such as inflation, state budget deficit and the inefficient use of SOEs as spearhead for the economy, to name a few.

09.05.2014

Balancing austerity and growth isn’t impossible

There is a far too little ’s compromise achieved between politicians or their economic advisers on how to stimulate debt-ridden economies. However, former OECD Secretary-General Donald J. Johnston argues that a satisfactory middle ground could be discussed and agreed upon lastingly.

09.05.2014

How real is the danger of an EU collapse? My verdict: It’s receding

Popular nationalism an inter-governmental brinkmanship still threaten the EU’s future, says former Irish Prime Minister John Bruton. And although its existential crisis is abating, it could yet be severely damaged if the British “re-negotiation” goes wrong.

09.05.2014

Israel and Palestine: The prospect for settlement and the regional balance of power

A significant problem that hammers the revival of the peace talks is the lack of domestic unity of the two sides, Israel and Palestinians. The political system of Israel favors the participation many political parties in Knesset. The winner party of the elections is extremely difficult to win the majority of the parliament. The governmental coalition is hostage to the political interests of the parties that participate in the government.

09.05.2014

Kosovo – 2013 local election: The Battle for Prishtina

Such early election will be of great importance not only for local development and improvement of the life of Kosovo citizens, but will at the same time trigger a fight to take over local communities by the competent young people who are willing to make their best efforts for the benefit of their fellow citizens, or by certain individuals whose primary goals have been, for many years, to satisfy their own personal interests and needs.

09.05.2014

Macedonia: Between self-isolation and Euro-Atlantic integration

Following the Belgrade-Pristina model of negotiations the EU is ready to mediate also in the negotiations on the name dispute between Skopje and Athens should the agreements be respected by both sides – notably by Prime Minister Gruevski who has so far had solo performances and failed to respect the reached agreements.

09.05.2014

In Defense of Cross-Fertilization: Europe and Its Identity Contradictions

To sum it up: it seems impossible to think outside the binary dichotomy of "us" against "them" as we perceive ourselves as members of a particular community. Only if we see the planet as the ultimate border will we be capable (though not necessarily willing to do so) of seeing ourselves as members of the very abstract concept, the community of human beings. I understand very well that collective identities in the past 200 years have been based on nations.

09.05.2014

Powerful friends: educational corruption in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina

This study analyzes a set of structural elements, procedures, and behaviors within the country’s higher education that have jointly created an encouraging space for the increasing and self-serving utilization of higher education by the country’s post-war elite. Of the particular interest is this elite’s impact on the forms of educational corruption, which have shifted away from standard bribing processes and moved towards more complex favor reciprocation networks.

09.05.2014

Serbia-EU: Pride Parade – yesterday a step back was made again, when will steps forward be taken?

The country is sinking in the mess of political scrambles, oustings, disqualifications, threats, set-ups, smearing and defamation of semi-truths and untruths. Increasing political pressures and announced new early local and parliamentary elections have further aggravated the situation in which political clans are mobilising all available capacities.

09.05.2014

Albania: Retirement of Berisha and return of the left-wing

Albanian voters seem to be ready to send the incumbent Prime Minister and PD leader Sali Berisha to retirement after his eight years of ruling. The atmosphere in Albania reflects the need for a change in power, which was also confirmed by the recent public opinion polls. According to AlbStat research agency, the Socialist Party would win 40.4% and the Democratic Party 31.4% of votes, while the left-wing coalition would get as much as 60% of votes.

09.05.2014

Turkey:Democracy Genie is out of Bottle

What is happening in Turkey in last ten days pulls the attention of global public opinion. Demonstrations for the support of “Gezi Park” take place not only across Turkey but also around the world from Paris to Sydney or New York where Turks live. Certainly, this is not a simple protest based on environmental concerns to stop the construction of a Shopping Mall (AVM) in the Center of Istanbul-Taksim, but the outbreak of a people’s reaction against the policies of an Islamist party (JDP).