• Global Europe
  • Migration and Integration

Building a bridge between powerlessness and hope

There are now more than 65 million refugees and displaced persons worldwide, according to the latest figures from the United Nations. These people have fled terror, poverty, violence, persecution and discrimination in regions torn apart by conflict and crisis – not least the Syrian civil war, currently the world’s greatest humanitarian disaster, which human rights… Read article ›

  • Global Europe
  • Migration and Integration

Providing jobs for refugees won’t fix the broken system

In their new book ‘Refuge’, published last month, Oxford professors Alexander Betts and Paul Collier argue that “the broken refugee system” can be mended by establishing jobs for refugees in special economic zones (SEZs) in countries neighbouring conflict areas. The authors focus on Jordan, currently host to an estimated 650,000 refugees from Syria. The proposition… Read article ›

  • Global Europe

Tunisia’s Muslim democracy is exceptional – but doesn’t have to be an exception

For the European Union, the value of promoting democracy and stability abroad has been proven without doubt. From Greece, Spain and Portugal to the first democratic openings in Eastern Europe the EU has an impressive track record of engaging with young democracies, strengthening their civil societies and bringing them more fully into the liberal international… Read article ›

  • Global Europe
  • President Trump

Forget ‘The Wall’: building bridges benefits both America and Mexico

During the 2016 United States presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised to put ‘America first’ by bringing in several measures. One of them was building a “beautiful wall” along the country’s southern border in a bid to halt migration. Another was to end “unfair” trade agreements which had “left the US at a disadvantage”, such as… Read article ›

  • Brexit
  • Global Europe

Brexit seen from Australia: pragmatism should trump nostalgia

The United Kingdom’s momentous decision to leave the European Union will have long-lasting consequences for Australia’s relationship with both the EU and the UK. Will Brexit result in reinvigorated ties between Australia and the UK and the EU, or will it disrupt current and future engagement? Brexit will cause much uncertainty in the coming years,… Read article ›