Four years after the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear accident and the subsequent shutdown of all nuclear plants in Japan, the Abe government announced earlier this year that it would gradually restart its nuclear energy production, sparking criticisms both… [Read more]
Month: November 2015
The EU Should Embrace this New HIV-Prevention Plan
Gay men have feared contracting the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) for over thirty years. Many gay men, or men who have sex with men (MSM), have watched the virus devastate their communities.As HIV transmission rates… [Read more]
Pakistan: Why ‘Failed’ Infrastructure Projects Can be Successful
In 2013, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif unveiled the first of several Metrobus lines in the nation’s second largest city Lahore. Eponymously named the “Lahore Metrobus” the provincial government hailed the project as a vital… [Read more]
After the Revolution: Why We Need a Better Understanding of the Role Civil Resistance Movements Play in Political Transitions
“How to topple a dictator” was the title of a TED talk given by Srdja Popovic (Popovic 2011). As one of the leaders of the nonviolent Serbian student movement that brought down Slobodan Milosevic in 2000, Popovic then proceeded to teach activists from… [Read more]
Should the UK Welcome the Rise in Zero-Hours Contract Jobs?
The zero-hours contract, a type of employment relationship which carries no mutuality of obligation between employer and employee, has become an almost entrenched feature of the UK’s post-recession labour market landscape. Dr John Philpott questions… [Read more]
Can the European Union Come Up with a Real Security Strategy?
It has been five years since the European Union last debated its security strategy. Twelve years have passed since the adoption of the so-called 2003 Solana Strategy “A Secure Europe in a Better World”. The… [Read more]
TV Shows and Public Administration – A Watching List
Should I watch TV or read literature on public management, politics and governance? This choice seems to be getting harder every week, what with new TV shows popping up at an increasing rate. Not to… [Read more]
Smart Commitments in Europe
Our “things” are becoming smarter — smart phones, smart cars, and smart meters. Smart technology has extended its reach to almost every corner of the modern lifestyle, whether it be communication, travel, or providing these… [Read more]
Change of Roles: The Weakness of the Developing World
World markets are going through a period of uncertainty. The struggle of the financial market in China is harming the expectation of growth in developing economies. Subsequently, the risk aversion of investors has risen, and… [Read more]
Why is Open Government Data Needed to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals?
Adopted on September 25th 2015, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) drive an ambitious post-2015 development agenda for the coming 15 years. Building on the 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of 2000, the SDGs go… [Read more]