What it takes to be resilient: the Pandemic, the Parliament and Us

Article by Alessandro Zerbini | Illustration by Matilde Morri Euphemistically speaking, 2020 has been a year of great adaptation. Individually and collectively, we have had to accept and adapt to different rhythms and behaviours, and hardly any realm of our societies has been spared from this revolution. Parliaments are...

Apam Aitkan (Mom Said) | Zere

Commentary by Angelachiara Allegretti | Illustration by Armadilly Apam Aitkan, in English ‘Mom said’, is the title of the new song by the young Kyrgyz singer and activist Zere Asylbek, become famous in 2018 with the song Kyz (Girl). Released in November 2020, the song is about the harassment...

Belarus has woken up

Article by Angelachiara Allegretti | Illustration by Niccolò Cedeno The official results of the Belarusian presidential election of 9 August 2020 overwhelmingly sanctioned the victory of outgoing President Aleksandr Lukashenko, who has led the country for the past 26 years. In the weeks before and after the election, numerous...

Policy Toolkit for 2021: What to Bring into the New Year

Article by Laura Morazzini | Illustration by Armadilly 2020 has been a difficult year from many points of view, with new problems upsettingly emerging and old ones inexorably worsening. However, with the new year comes an uplifting drive to change things, and, although it is impossible to draw exhaustive...

On Sovereignty over Western Sahara and Why It Matters

Article by Carlos Severo | Illustration by Viola Bartoli   On 10 December 2020, the President of the United States signed a proclamation recognizing Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara. Through his social media channels, he declared that “Morocco’s serious, credible, and realistic autonomy proposal is the ONLY basis for...

”I wanna go out, but I wanna stay home” | Courtney Barnett

Commentary by Matilde Monteleone | Illustration by Armadilly     We are in the middle of the second wave of this global pandemic, and more and more countries are taking the path of lockdown through some form of restriction. We are often told to “stay at home”, to prevent...

Can robots replace diplomats?

Article by Joana Lopes | Illustration by Matilde Morri Can robots replace diplomats? You might be thinking how strange and bizarre this question is. But is it really? The main question of this article took inspiration from a TED talk of the former French Ambassador to Sweden, David Cvach,...

Something brewing in Kyrgyzstan, again

Article by Angelachiara Allegretti | Illustration by Armadilly After the 4 October parliamentary elections, Kyrgyzstan was shaken by violent protests. The Kyrgyz population took to the streets in the capital Bishkek and throughout the country to protest the results of the vote. The two parties close to the current...

Dealing with the ageing of the Old Continent to prevent a European Collapse

Article by Laura Governi | Illustration by Niccolò Cedeno For decades now, Europe has been facing an alarmingly low birth rate and the concurrent aging of its population. Scholars have argued that these trends could provoke the collapse of the economy. Are we equipped to work on the necessary...

A Post-Privacy World? Big Data and the Privacy Paradox

Article by Anna Groh | Illustration by Francesco Moretti Forecasting the future – a useful gift that mankind could only dream of, until today. Indeed, in the age of digitalization, the rise of the internet and AI, forecasting the future is no longer just a dream. Interestingly, we are...
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