2024 Symposium on Global Affairs & Disinformation
2024 Symposium on Global Affairs & Disinformation

The Symposium strives to be financially accessible and high-quality space for students, young researchers and young professionals to present their original research (whether published or not) to an international audience. Applications are open until 10 February 2024!

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The Tian-Shan Gambit: Europe’s Ambitions in Central Asia 

Central Asia is a vast and resource-rich region situated between three major centers of influence. Formerly part of both the Russian Empire and then the Soviet Union, its nations have only recently gained independence following the dissolution of the Soviet Union. They continue to be influenced by Moscow, although they have made some significant strides towards autonomy in their own right. The Russian military's actions in Ukraine have continuously eroded the credibility of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), a Russian-led military alliance. This, coupled with a significant loss of soft power in the countries of the post- Soviet space, which traditionally formed part of its sphere of influence, could create an opening for other influential actors to emerge as real alternative partners. The European Union wishes to consider an even more proactive role in Central Asia, given the young nations' of Central Asia newfound pragmatism in foreign policy and its potential to enhance EU interests.
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Is Ecuador Experiencing the Birth of a New ‘Plan Colombia’ Amidst Heightened Security Concerns?

In January, Ecuador experienced a surge of violence, prompting swift responses from both local and international actors. The United States pledged substantial aid to bolster Ecuador's security infrastructure, marking a significant collaboration. However, this cooperation differs from the historic Plan Colombia due to distinct challenges Ecuador faces, including its role as a transit corridor for drug trafficking.
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The Outcome of the EU Parliamentary Elections 2024: The Likelihood of a Far-Right Wave

This text explores the recent success of the far-right in different national elections in Europe to try and determine whether this might translate into a far-right “wave” at the next EU parliamentarian elections.
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Lebanon: When everything went South

The conflict between Palestine and Israel has heavily impacted the southern region of Lebanon, exacerbating the situation across the entire country. Israel's motivations, including concerns over border security and control over certain territories, add complexity to the conflict, particularly in the South. Despite diplomatic efforts aimed at preventing further escalation, internal divisions within Lebanon continue to pose challenges.
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(Report) One Year Into the War: The EU’s Confusing Russia Policy

Nineteen months into the war and the EU still has not officially amended its Russia policy. Nevertheless, the EU has significantly changed its behavior towards Russia and is increasingly becoming a de facto geopolitical player. What does this mean for the future of EU-Russia relations?
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(REPORT) Italy and the BRI: in the Shadow of Sino-American Competition and Balancing National Interest

Italy's BRI engagement economic promises fell short. Italy's reassessing aligns with US priorities. Taiwan's ties could help distancing from China but strain relations. Balancing interests, alliances, and economics, Italy navigates a complex situation. Exiting the BRI may offer security assurances while maintaining diplomatic and economic hedging with the US and China.
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[REPORT] Table for Two?: Italy and Other Upper-Middle Powers in Modern Global Affairs

This February, France's President Emmanuel Macron hosted Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelenskyy as well as Germany's Olaf Scholz. Italy's Giorgina Meloni was not invited to the dinner and this has caused some tensions between European leaders. While a dinner may seem small, the challenges that the European Union faces are not.
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[REPORT] Myanmar: a long quest for democracy & freedom

Since independence from the United Kingdom, Myanmar's quest for freedom and democracy has been a long and ongoing battle. While its people and the international community hoped that Aung San Suu Kyi would move Myanmar down the path of democracy, the military coup of February 2021 has moved the Southeast Asian country further away from the democratic path, while strengthening its political ties with Russia and China.
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[REPORT] Evolution of Women’s Rights in Turkey: The Fall of a Democracy

How the correlation between women’s rights and the democratic process of Turkey underlines that Erdoğan fails at respecting both of them?
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[REPORT] Is Green Development an Oxymoron or Is It a Sign to Rethink the Global Productive Matrix?

Is it possible to build a sustainable global policy with concrete objectives? Is there enough space and resources to build this initiative without economic growth?
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