Insights on Philippine’s sturdy approval of Duterte

A Manila-based polling group, Social Weather Stations, had surveyed over 1000 adults across the country over a period from 24th to 27th September to gain an insight on what the population at large felt about Rodrigo Duterte’s performance as President of the Philippines without making specific reference to his infamous drug war. As a result, interestingly,…

Article Review : Gaddis, John (1991) Toward the Post-Cold World

The following article is a review of the well known article of John Lewis Gaddis, published in Foreign Affairs in 1991. John Gaddis is probably the best known historian writing in English about the Cold War. His most famous work is perhaps the highly influential Strategies of Containment (1982), which analyzes in detail the theory and practice of…

Central Bank Independence – To be or not to be

Central Banks are crucial to the economic well-being of countries due to the various fiscal and monetary policies that are being carefully implemented to achieve the goal of a sustained economic growth and development in the long run. However, a widely discussed issue related to central banks would be the independence of it — that…

IMF : Mission Concluding Statement on Greece.

On September 23 the official mission of IMF in Greece released a report regarding developments in the country. The Mission Concluding Statement according to IMF describes the preliminary findings of IMF’s staff at the end of an official staff visit in a member country. These missions are undertaken as part of regular (usually annual) consultations,…

WTO and EU: Promoting sustainable development in trade

The World Trade Organisation (WTO), being a vital player in international trade, incorporates all major trading blocs in the world including the European Union (EU). The ties that the WTO and EU hold are extremely significant and relevant to the countries of the EU as well as the trading partners of the EU. Through the…

Civil Society and Europeanization

In its most explicit form, Europeanization is conceptualized as the process of adopting and internalizing European Union directives, regulations and institutional structures at the domestic level. The concept of Europeanization became increasingly relevant after the collapse of European empires at the end of World War I, where successor states were transitioning to a more democratic…

October 2016: Selfies and the Politician.

US elections is the most discussed issue these days, as in almost a month US citizens will vote for the future President.  On the one hand, Hillary Clinton is a technocrat and has been often criticised for being unable to fulfil the demands of such a position due to her age and the looming health…

October 2016: Updates on “Europe stretched to the limit”

In April 2016, The Economist Intelligence Unit released a report entitled Europe stretched to the limit, covering the then-potential Brexit, instability in Greece and the migration crisis which was believed to have the capacity to push Europe over the edge. According to this report, Europe’s crisis stemmed from economic troubles and the situation has only gotten worse…