Interview with USAK expert Ali Bakeer on the Geneva II talks

This interview was originally published on the website of the International Strategic Research Organisation (USAK), in Ankara. Interview: Tibor Hargitai, a visiting researcher at USAK . In light of the international efforts to convene the Geneva II meeting next month – aimed at getting all the political actors in Syria, including opposition elements and the Assad…

Mario Monti - former PM of Italy established a transitional government of technocrats

Academics may be relevant in the policy process

What is the relevance for policy makers of scholars theorising about how the world functions? There is wide consensus that the academic community and policy makers are now more detached than ever. But there are ways to bridge this gap. Hiski Haukkala – who has worked as a university teacher and research, as a policy analyst…

Go nuclear, it will bring peace!

Kenneth Waltz is an authority of scholarship in international relations. He is best known for his 1979 book Theories of International, where he proposes a theory entitled structural realism. However, what people would find more interesting his idea that nuclear powers do not engage into war with each other.  For the sake of background information, a couple…

Knowledge of a foreign language in the EU25, 2006

Speaking other languages gives one a big comparative advantage over others, for instance in terms of labour mobility… As for the image below, the EU might be ‘together’ since 1957, but many of the people are not able to communicate with their fellow Union-citizens, due to language gaps. I have always been a strong advocate…