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The extreme costs of misunderstanding

01/05/2016 • Opinion

In international relations the costs of a misunderstanding can be extremely high. During the Cold War Moscow and the West were well aware of such risks. Their worldviews differed fundamentally, but they took great care to prevent fateful misunderstandings. Nowadays, the situation has been turned upside down.

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The parliamentarisation of the EU’s economic policy

29/04/2016 • Policy briefs

The role of the European Parliament (EP) in economic governance is increasing. Using mostly informal mechanisms, the EP is setting in motion an incremental process towards further control. Even though the formal role of the EP is still limited, Europe’s political union seems to draw ever closer.

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The resistible rise of TTIP

29/04/2016 • Opinion

Why has the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) turned into such a controversial project, ruffling feathers left and right? And why the hurry to rush things through so quickly?

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Oorlog om Helena, dat is verleden tijd

27/04/2016 • Opinion

Oorlogen om liefde, zoals bijvoorbeeld de Trojaanse oorlogen, worden tegenwoordig niet meer gevoerd, aldus Ko Colijn. In de hedendaagse conflicten spelen vormen van geperverteerde liefde zoals ontvoering, slavernij en misbruik wel een rol, maar aanleiding zijn vaak geloof, grondstoffen en macht. Oorlog vloekt met liefde.

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Trumps metamorphosis and the odds of a 'First Lady President'

26/04/2016 • Opinion

Due to a broad ideological consensus on the capitalist nature of American society, the difference between presidential candidates can only be clarified by making it personal. The spectators of this 'political spectacle' have recently been given value for money in 2016.

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The political dynamics of security in fragile states

26/04/2016 • Opinion

Whether it is in the slums of Nairobi, the port of Karachi, or the corridors of power in Bujumbura, in many fragile societies state security organizations serve the interest of ruling elites in maintaining political power or their own institutional interests. Senior Research Fellow Erwin van Veen explores the critical links between political power and the organization of security in fragile societies.

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The unsustainability of independent fiscal institutions

22/04/2016 • Policy briefs

Since the economic and financial crises, the European Union (EU) is stepping up its efforts to develop credible and reliable independent fiscal institutions (IFIs). In this policy brief the governance framework surrounding the IFIs is assessed. How are IFIs managed, does this correspond with what we know about effective governance frameworks?

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Three cheers for the Paris Agreement on climate change

21/04/2016 • Opinion

Over 150 representatives of various states are gathering in New York to reconfirm their commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement. The signing of the Agreement marks an important highpoint in the history of international climate politics but will it have a definitive and long-lasting impact?

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Keep calm but stay committed in Afghanistan

20/04/2016 • Opinion

A suicide attack in Kabul this week left at least 28 dead and more than 300 wounded. As the Taliban claimed its responsibility, the attack seems to mark the start of the annual spring offensive of the various insurgent groups. Should we be worried about this latest attack?

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Bonbons voor mevrouw Assad: Achter de linies van het Syrische regime

20/04/2016 • Books and articles

Journalist Robert Dulmers interviewt in dit boek Clingendaelexpert Erwin van Veen over de achtergronden van het conflict in Syrië.

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EU Transition towards green and smart mobility

15/04/2016 • Reports and papers

How to achieve smart and sustainable mobility, and a competitive, zero-emission European transport sector? This report provides input for a discussion between European Ministers of Transport and Environment in the framework of the Dutch EU Presidency.

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The European Union in the fog

15/04/2016 • Reports and papers

Within this final report of the project 'Building Bridges Between National Perspectives on the European Union' the authors shed light on Member States’ motivations to participate in the EU and views on its future. Clingendael expert Adriaan Schout focuses on the Dutch perspective.

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