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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Let’s Tune In To The EU’s Periphery: Greece Makes History While Leaving Italy Behind

Greece makes history as the first Orthodox Christian nation to pass legislation allowing same-sex marriage. Italy remains the sole nation in western Europe not allowing same-sex marriages.
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THE JANUARY 2024 ERUPTION: DRUG GANGS VS. ARMED FORCES IN ECUADOR

Daniel Noboa, Ecuador’s new president, is facing severe challenges with drug-related violence escalating. Gang wars have intensified following gangster 'Fito's' escape, resulting in numerous attacks, including a notably violent incident at TC Television. Noboa declared a state of emergency, involved the military, and won unprecedented parliamentary support despite lacking a majority. With Ecuador becoming an international drug hub, his militarized strategy and international cooperation are crucial to his presidency’s success.
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Let’s Tune In To The EU’s Periphery: Spanish PM Sanchez Faces Surprising Political Setback 

Spanish Prime Minister was unsuccessful in passing an amnesty bill which is important in order to maintain the coalition government. It will be nearly impossible to create a version of the bill that will receive enough votes to be passed.
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Essequibo Escalation: From Historical Dispute to Modern-day Tensions and the Specter of Military Action

The Venezuela-Guyana Essequibo dispute reignited in 2015 with ExxonMobil's oil discovery, escalating under Maduro's sovereignty claims. Recent actions include a contentious referendum and military exercises. Historical efforts temporarily eased tensions, but post-2015 incidents strained relations. Analysts view a Venezuelan military move as improbable, given global opposition, economic challenges, and unfavorable court rulings. Tensions persist, but military actions seem driven more by domestic considerations than a genuine threat.
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South Africa v. Israel at the ICJ: History in the Making

A scene depicting the Israel-Hamas War as bombs and rocket fire are exchanged. Source: AP News “Gaza has become a...
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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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[REPORT] France Between Je Suis Charlie and Terrorist Threats

France has been one of the European countries with the biggest number of Islamic terrorist attacks perpetrated by young people, usually of the second generation of immigrant people, who were recruited by the Islamic State (IS). There are many prominent factors that have played an influential role in the launching of these attacks, including the historical relation and colonisation of Middle Eastern countries, socio-economic estrangement, France’s secularism and its cultural diversity.
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