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Academic work from members broadens the scope of the policy marketplace. Research and policy analysis are not just the work of senior experts; such work is done daily by students around the world, but needs to find its way to a larger audience. With this feature we hope to empower an up and coming generation of students, junior think tankers and other young professionals and involve them in the policy forming process.

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Countering Russia's Hybrid Warfare in the Baltic Region

Taking the Baltic states as an example, this commentary argues that the increasing prominence of ‘hybrid threats' in the current conflict that opposes the West to Russia makes a case for a redefinition of what constitutes a 'security threat' by NATO allies, and highlights the need for a fundamental rethink of NATO strategy towards Russia. While NATO has long focused on the ‘hard' dimension of security, leaders should bear in mind that the current standoff with Russia is no longer ‘just' a military matter. View

NATO's Burden Sharing: Challenges and Opportunities

In the last years the pressure for NATO members in Europe to take more responsibilities inside the Alliance has increased. Issues such as persistent budgetary pressures and austerity measures in the European Union, new threats falling to the European portfolio, the US rebalancing policy toward Asia Pacific, and the defense shrinking budgets are part of the burden sharing debate. View

Diversity Management and Equity as Factors for Student Success

One of the main takeaways from the recent International Dialogue on Education Berlin Conference is that diversity and excellence are inherently tied together. Students with migrant backgrounds are sometimes seen as a burden on the school system, even though they have been found to prioritize education and work harder to get better grades, and universities should overtly focus on changing this negative perception into the sentiment that differences are worth celebrating and enrich the entire campus. View

Good News for the Alliance System: TPP Completed; on to TTIP?

The new TPP and TTIP agreements are the greatest deepening OECD has ever seen. True, they deepen it in two halves, one Atlantic, one Pacific; this is because some of the socio-cultural issues are different, and it enables the inclusion of several non-OECD allies from the diverse Pacific region, laying grounds for a further OECD widening when some of these countries become socioeconomically ripe. The two agreements could nevertheless be fruitfully linked later on. View

Ukraine and NATO

It used to be that Ukrainians were heavily pro-Russian, and would have agreed to join NATO only alongside Russia's joining. However, in light of the conflict ignited almost two years ago, it appears that Ukrainians have finally had enough and today, a supermajority favors joining NATO without Russia. The new thinking in Ukraine requires the West to do its own new thinking. It needs to make a decision on Ukraine and NATO, at a time when either option, yes or no, is riskier than ever. View

Review of Dirty Entanglements: Corruption, Crime, and Terrorism

Louise Shelley’s book, Dirty Entanglements: Corruption, Crime, and Terrorism, seamlessly captures these three formidable forces into one concise read. It is clearly explained, thoroughly researched, and an overall enlightening overview of just how much terrorism, like business industries today, has become truly globalized in nature. The focus on corruption and crime is explored in relation to their facilitative effects on a group’s abilities to carry out a terrorist act. Shelley’s treatment of terrorist organizations as a business is a compelling argument, however, attempts to provide concrete policy recommendations at the end fall short. View

The Islamic State and Charlie Hebdo

The growing threats posed by the Islamic State allows the EU to adopt a collective security policy as these threats are perceived to be a shared burden among the EU member states. While these new policies measures have the added benefit of creating more transatlantic collaboration since proposed policies align with previously created US policies. They will, however, have to balance the need for collective security with the treasured rights of data privacy in Europe. View

To What Extent Has the Transnational Managerial Class Hegemony Been Damaged and Neoliberalism Challenged as a Result of the 2007/08 Financial Crisis?

This dissertation examines the effect of the 2007/8 global financial crisis on the Transnational Managerial Class as defined by Robert Cox. It focuses on international financial practice leading up to the crisis; the responses of international institutions such as the IMF; ECB; and the actions of states affected by the crisis to understand whether solutions and policies were influenced by them so as to maintain a neoliberal hegemony. View

Software Products and Regulation of Intellectual Property Rights under the Treaty Establishing the European Community

The aim of this paper is to present a qualitative examination of the spectrum of protection for intellectual property and fair competition practices in the Community legal order with particular reference to software products. Structured around the 2004 decision of the European Court of Justice on Microsoft following an act of annulment that the company filed against previous Commission decisions on its abusive market practices, the research covers all major developments in the field of intellectual property and competition regulation under European Community law since the early days of the European Community. View

Re-boost: Western Civilian Political Engagement in Eastern Europe

This policy report offers a comprehensive perspective on the situation in Central and Eastern Europe focused on civilian means as a second pillar of Western Geopolitics aside from NATO. By highlighting the initial success and exploring the later regression of such measures, the report proceeds to offer guidelines on how to remedy the failing transatlantic response to the current crisis in this strategically important region. View