This week has witnessed some events of global importance which take place in a single most important super-region of the world - Eurasia. Thus, we juggle with the the concept of 'Heartland', and 'Rimland' in order to understand how the world functions this week.
Elections for the European Parliament, catastrophic floods in the Balkans, the long-awaited gas deal between Russia and China and a coup d’etat in Thailand are dominating the headlines. Otherwise, the new words found their place in the dictionaries, while the research shows that Latin American nations are the happiest in the world. Let’s go to this week's readings:
While more than 500 million Europeans are voting in 28 member states, the Economist brings the story about “boothies”, a rising trend of mobile phone picture taking during the voting procedure. Let us know about some interesting moments from your polling station.
The winner of the elections in India is getting a lot of attention, and the greatest challenge for him will be to “overcome the obstacles to growth-promoting policies using democratic methods”, writes Michael Mandelbaum for Project Syndicate.
In a 30 year gas deal worth more that 400 billion US Dollars there is more than just economic interest, writes the Economist.
Michael Brzoska’s article in the E-IR dissects the history and meaning of sanctions as a tool of international relations. Everything you wanted to know about sanctions, but…
In your pursuit of happiness you shall move to Paraguay, Panama and Guatemala, while the least happy places in the world are Syria, Chad and Lithuania. Check this Gallup research and see how your country fares.
Millennials live and travel in this interdependent world, and here are some good tips on how to make your trip more comfortable.