Newsletter GR:EEN e Rastanews

  • May 2015 /4

    Venerdì, 29 Maggio, 2015

    The Final GR:EEN Policy Report

    This final report is to be regarded as part of the strategy that the GR:EEN project has been pursuing through the whole life of the project – and beyond – aimed at ensuring the dissemination of its research conclusions and findings, maximising the impact of research by presenting it in a variety of different formats for different audiences. With this report, ISPI (which led WP8 on Impact and dissemination) further contributes to fulfilling the need to ‘translate’ scholarly research in a compact and recommendation-based manner.

  • May 2015 /3

    Mercoledì, 27 Maggio, 2015

    Multipolar Learning: Organizing a New Modus Operandi for an Age of Globalization

    Ours is an age of perplexity and flux. In one arena after another old habits and practices have been characterized by ruptures, blockages and conflicts. These ruptures and blockages do not only happen in peripheral parts of the socio-economic system, but has crept into what many considered to be the very core of governance regimes constructed in the aftermath of Fordism and Keynesianism (Aglietta 1976). The financial crisis of 2008 marked not only the rupturing of a subsystem of the post-Keynesian-Fordist system, but undermined the very core of that system as finance came to dominate both private enterprises and national governments.

  • May 2015/2

    Lunedì, 25 Maggio, 2015

    A Liberal Actor in a Realist World? States, Markets and European Union Energy Policy

    Since 1992 the European Union has put liberalisation at the core of its energy policy agenda. At the time, this aspiration was very much in line with the emerging post–cold War multipolar international order, and particularly the new international political economy driven by the neo-liberal (Washington) consensus. The central challenge for the EU is that the world has changed, while the EU has not. More precisely, several important global trends that were at odds with this new international political economy were evident as early as the end of the 1990s: the rise of China, Russia’s increased assertiveness, persistent energy price volatility and supply risk.

  • May 2015

    Giovedì, 21 Maggio, 2015

    The Politics of Transatlantic Trade Negotiations
    By focusing on the wider process of negotiations, this novel volume presents the first systematic analysis of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The authors include outstanding scholars and relevant practitioners from across disciplines and various academic institutions around Europe and North America, but also from outside of the transatlantic basin. While presenting a thorough examination of the process of TTIP negotiations, the volume is divided into four parts with each part examining a broader theme and offering three or four shorter exploratory chapters that are accessible to academics, students, policy–makers and a wider audience.

  • April 2015

    Mercoledì, 13 Maggio, 2015

    Arctic expert networks in chilly geopolitical weather

    Science and scientists have been an integral part of Arctic governance for centuries. Arctic exploration was driven forward by dreams of resource conquest and shipping passages – but also by various states’ and empires’ thirst for cartographic knowledge and explorers’ curiosity about how scientific instruments would function ever closer to the magnetic North Pole. During the Cold War, scientific cooperation was the only form of cooperation that crossed the “Ice Curtain” in a circumpolar region characterized by militarization and mutual threat deterrence capabilities.

  • March 2015

    Mercoledì, 1 Aprile, 2015

    Securing impact: the GR:EEN Final Dissemination Conference

    The multiplicity of the objects investigated, as well as the variety of methods applied to so vast a topic as ‘the EU and global reordering’, have been an asset as much as a challenge throughout the GR:EEN project’s 4–year span. Approaches more focused on the global and international politics implications of the changes affecting the international system have been applied alongside perspectives more focused on the public policies underlying the development of genuine European networks. Nevertheless, keeping the manifold aspects of the project’s research activities within a consistent analytical framework was only part of the task, since this in-built diverseness has also had to be made the most of to lay out an effective dissemination of the GR:EEN findings. In order to process the project’s results in a set of viable policy recommendations, partners from all the ‘provinces’ of the project met up with an array of stakeholders to ensure a significant impact of the GR:EEN activities on relevant decision–making processes.

  • RastaNews and The Role of Central Banks

    Martedì, 23 Dicembre, 2014

    Sluggish GDP growth and low inflation rates have characterized the years following the financial crisis of 2008/2009, notwithstanding a huge expansion of central banks’ balance sheets. Interest rates have hit the 0% nominal level (also known as the zero lower bound) and conventional monetary policy has lost traction. Many commentators argue that increasing central banks’ inflation targets above the pre-crisis 2% level could help getting the economy out of the low-growth, low-inflation trap and avoid hitting the zero lower bound again in the future.

  • Understanding the causes of the Great Recession (part 2 of 2)

    Venerdì, 19 Settembre, 2014

    Due to the euro area sovereign debt crisis, recovery from the Great Recession has not proceeded at a similar pace worldwide, with Europe still lagging behind. The severity of the recession and the sizeable increase in macroeconomic fluctuations ensued by the financial crisis have led analysts and scholars to question whether the prolonged period of subdued macroeconomic volatility, known as the Great Moderation, has come to an end.

  • September 2014

    Giovedì, 18 Settembre, 2014

    Awakening Inter-regionalism?The EU and Regional Arab Organizations Post-2011

    At the core of the debate on the transformative Middle East political and security environment in the aftermath of the Arab uprisings lies a heated discussion on the revived role of regional Arab organizations. On top of these are the all-encompassing League of Arab States (LAS) and the sub-regional Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), as both organizations have had important roles in the MENA region following the widespread uprisings in late 2010 and early 2011. Despite its poor record in representing collective Arab action, the LAS started to assume a notable role in regional dynamics, especially in conflict areas. This was particularly clear in the case of backing the NATO operation in Libya, endorsing the Gulf initiative for a smooth transition of power in Yemen, and engaging in active mediation for crisis management in Syria.

  • RastaNEWS and the Great Recession

    Lunedì, 25 Agosto, 2014

    Due to the euro area sovereign debt crisis, recovery from the Great Recession has not proceeded at a similar pace worldwide, with Europe still lagging behind. The severity of the recession and the sizeable increase in macroeconomic fluctuations ensued by the financial crisis have led analysts and scholars to question whether the prolonged period of subdued macroeconomic volatility, known as the Great Moderation, has come to an end.

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