5 May 2015
Chinese Financial Prowess in the Service of Political Ambitions
Author: Oded Eran
Institute for National Security Studies (INSS)
This article discusses the ways in which China's political leadership is harnessing the country's financial resources in order to establish economic and political regional supremacy.
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Afghanistan's Continuing Fiscal Crisis
Author: William A Byrd
United States Institute of Peace (USIP)
This paper discusses the fiscal crisis - caused by stagnant government revenues, corruption, and a weakening economy - which hit Afghanistan in 2014.
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The World in Europe
Author: Nicolás de Pedro, Eduard Soler i Lecha, Eckart Woertz, Moussa Bourekba, Elena Sánchez Montijano, Anna Ayuso, Jordi Bacaria, Carmen Claudín, Roberto Toscano, Emma Hooper, Francis Ghilès, Oriol Farrés, Luigi Carafa, Pol Morillas
Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB)
This paper identifies some of the most significant global challenges and trends today and how they are affecting Europe, the responses of the EU to these problems and how the Union can deal with these challenges in the future.
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The Balance-Sheet of Conflict: Criminal Revenues and Warlords in Syria
Author: Omar Abdulaziz Hallaj
Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre (NOREF) /
Netherlands Institute of International Relations (Clingendael)
This report looks at the emergence of a war economy in Syria and how hostile groups are resorting to the sale of archaeological artifacts; looting and smuggling; drug and oil trafficking; kidnapping, and border levies in order to fund their activitie...
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