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What is negotiation?

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Negotiation is unequivocally one of the most essential tools in any conflict management an resolution activities. The primary purpose of any negotiation activity is to reduce differences between the parties. The differences that are at the core of the dispute. The faster conflict escalates, the more crucial it is to start considering negotiation as an […]

What is international mediation?

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Today we are going to talk about mediation with a particular  focus on multi-party mediation efforts. Even thought they might try their best, negotiatiors often do not succeed in reaching a negotiate agreement. In some cases, conflicting parties won’t even engage in negotiations without the help of an actor who is not party to the […]

Ebola in Europe

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WHO’s European director says continent remains at low risk and one of the best prepared places to respond to the infection. Ebola has infected about 7,200 people in west Africa, killing more than 3,400 of them in the largest outbreak of the disease in history. Cases have also been imported into Nigeria, Senegal and the US. […]

Do International Institutions matter? Why?

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Actually the question is: Do International Institutions, mainly, reflect the preferences of the most powerful states? Or can they develop a life of their own?  I think they often reflect both. Obviously the most powerful states crucial for setting up these Organizations and for obtaining as credible International Organizations, but. Over a period of time, the Organizations often do develop a particular culture, […]

When Europe was created.

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Before becoming a real political objective, the idea of uniting Europe was just a dream in the minds of philosophers and visionaries. Victor Hugo, for example, imagined a peaceful ‘United States of Europe’ inspired by humanistic ideals. The dream was shattered by the terrible wars that ravaged the continen during the first half of the 20th century. However, a […]

EU’s Foreign Policy

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Since the establishment of the United Nations, there were attempts of European countries to coordinate their positions in the United Nations. Starting with regular consultations. The first actual forum of foreign policy coordination is in what then was the European Community was in 1970 when European Political Cooperation or EPC was established. EPC relied on intergovernmental processes of coordination. mAnd could, of course, not always […]

The coming age of Europe

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At the end of the 80s, beginning of the 90s, the political shape of Europe dramatically changed when the Berlin wall fell. You may remember in 1989, images coming from Berlin portraying these people. This led to a unified Germany and the coming of democracy to the countries of central and eastern Europe. Amid this […]

A brief history about European Union

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Today we will deal with an important regional organization, the European Union, or EU. And see how it has developed over time. We will start by briefly exploring its origins and then see how it has developed and where it stands now. We will also familiarize you with core concepts of some important theories of integration. After World War II, an important development in European integration […]

The European Human Rights system

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Today we’ll focus on the evolution of the European system, with a brief overview of its key institutions and the composition, structure, and functions of the European court. And we’ll also review in brief, some of the Court’s key achievements, and some of the potential risks of its success. Let’s begin with a brief overview of the Council of Europe and the European Convention on Human Rights. […]

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