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Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon: Diversification and Modernization (November 2017)

Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon: Diversification and Modernization (November 2017)

This paper examines the prospects for the diversification and modernization of Bhutan’s economy, focusing in particular on the private sector, the IT/ICT sector, digital connectivity, the financial sector, and the strategies employed to reach this goal. At the same time, this development is juxtaposed with preserving the country’s unique cultural heritage and environmental sustainability, which

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EU-China Energy Cooperation: An Institutional Analysis (February 2017)

EU-China Energy Cooperation: An Institutional Analysis (February 2017)

As one of the components of the EU–China relations, the EU–China energy relationship has experienced an evolution of institutionalization for over two decades. Now, an EU–China energy cooperation institutional framework has been constructed. These institutions have been playing a significant role in helping EU–China energy cooperation by promoting bilateral dialogues and fostering cooperation projects. However,

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Rising Extremism in Central Asia? Stability in the Heartland for a Secure Eurasia (February 2016)

Rising Extremism in Central Asia? Stability in the Heartland for a Secure Eurasia (February 2016)

When the ‘Heartland’ theory was first published in 1904, it soon became a milestone for geopolitics. Due to the current events, Mackinder’s paradigm seems to have concrete relevance within the international scenario today. The geographical position of Central Asia as the crossroads of the Eurasian continent together with the abundance of important energy resources has increased the strategic

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Smart Cities Cooperation between the EU and China (June 2015)

Smart Cities Cooperation between the EU and China (June 2015)

Urbanisation is on the rise, and the conditions under which it takes place have profound consequences on the outcomes of millions, if not billions, of people. This report analyses the current smart cities initiatives in Europe and China, and it examines the state of the EU-China Partnership on smart and sustainable urbanisation. The report discusses

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