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  • CataloniaEurope

    Catalonia conflicting ideals and objectives

    At the onset of Spain’s democracy, a Spanish politician wrongly predicted that with the consolidation of democratic rule in Spain peripheral nationalisms –namely Basque and Catalan- would disappear. As a matter of fact, not only Catalan and Basque nationalisms have not vanished, in fact a brand-new sort of Spanish nationalism has in recent years re-appeared […]

  • Middle East

    Syria between War and Peace under Bashar al-Assad

    INTRODUCTION This March marked the seventh anniversary of the beginning of the Syrian conflict back in 2011 and I believe it is fair to say at this point that, for most of the general public, Syria is barely more than a product of mass consumption. There appears to be something we can call a ‘Syria […]

  • Asia

    China and the BRICS’ New Development Bank: towards an alternative to Bretton Woods?

    INTRODUCTION Despite those who argue that international institutions are neutral or, at least, should be neutral in principle, the fact is that they are a representation of the balance of power in the international system, and a tool that great powers use to spread and project their influence over other states. Xi Jinping’s China, as […]

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    Marc Gafarot Monjó, Abel Riu, and Miquel Vila Moreno join CAPESIC

    CAPESIC is delighted to announce that Marc Gafarot Monjó (L), Abel Riu (C), and Miquel Vila Moreno (R) have joined us as an analysts: Marc Gafarot Monjó joins CAPESIC as an analyst for Catalonia, European Union Affairs, Independentist Movements and Nationalism. Marc Gafarot Monjó holds a Master’s degree in European Studies from the London School […]

At the onset of Spain’s democracy, a Spanish politician wrongly predicted that with the consolidation of democratic rule in Spain peripheral nationalisms –namely Basque and Catalan- would disappear. As a matter of fact, not only Catalan and Basque nationalisms have not vanished, in fact a brand-new sort of Spanish nationalism has in recent years re-appeared […]

Rouhani’s re-election is an embarrassing defeat for the conservative establishment of the Islamic Republic Hassan Rouhani has been re-elected president of Iran, confirming the Iranian people’s thirst for democracy and reform. His victory was not unexpected, given both his considerable popularity and historic precedent; since 1981, no Iranian president has failed to secure a second […]