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The BRI in Europe and the Budapest-Belgrade Railway Link

The BRI in Europe and the Budapest-Belgrade Railway Link

23 October 2019 Image credit: hungarytoday   Increasing Chinese influence in Europe has been a growing source of anxiety in Brussels in recent years. This paper seeks to better understand these exacerbated fears through the case of the Budapest-Belgrade railway link refurbishment. The project is part of the 17+1 Cooperation and the Belt and Road

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Altering Article 9: The Prospect of Revising the Constitution

Altering Article 9: The Prospect of Revising the Constitution

30 August 2019 Image credit: CFR   In recent years, Japan has resorted to reinterpreting its Constitution to respond to global trends and its security dilemma. The rate with which Japan is doing this has raised alarms over the possibility that it will gradually defer from this practice to ultimately revise its Constitution under bogus claims

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Taiwan’s Outward Foreign Direct Investment (OFDI) into the European Union (December 2018)

Taiwan’s Outward Foreign Direct Investment (OFDI) into the European Union (December 2018)

In 2018, EIAS in cooperation with the Taipei Representative Office in the European Union, renewed a 2014 EIAS report “Taiwanese Outward Foreign Direct Investment (OFDI) into the European Union.” Split into both a quantitative and qualitative survey, this report unveils how the investment relationship between the EU and Taiwan remains underexploited, with both parties standing

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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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