United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres: A Year in Review

His popularity in previous roles as Prime Minister of Portugal and High Commissioner of the UNHCR generated high expectations for António Guterres’ appointment as UN Secretary-General in January 2017. One year later, celebrated commentators...

The Female Tide of Russian Conservatism

A century ago, after revolutions which toppled the Tsar, Russia became one of the first countries to grant women the right to vote. International Women’s Day was declared a national holiday that same year....

The Failing Marriage of Convenience

The 2015 nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) struck between the Islamic Republic of Iran and six world powers - the US, UK, Russia, France, China, and Germany – used to be the...

Look at me! This is Attention Economics!

There’s a new resource in today’s economic market, which has spawned a lucrative, fast-paced industry, and is more sought after than any other. That resource is not oil or diamonds, but attention, and the economy...

The death of an Empire, the birth of a Republic: Austria commemorates its 100th...

This year, Austria commemorates the 100th anniversary of the deaths of four titans of Viennese modernism: Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Kolomon Moser and Otto Wager. Yet 2018 also marks several other notable anniversaries which...

The EU as a Global Actor?

The European Union is facing new challenges, particularly in regards to its decision-making and the Ukrainian crisis, according to a panel of experts gathered at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna to discuss the EU...

Brexit as an Opportunity for Reforms?

Moving Past the Wake-Up Call of Brexit to Start Considering Answers In June 2016 the electorate of the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU. The strategy of the UK government towards the fallout has provided...

The European Narrative: EU & the Media

The state of the media in the European Union is under intense pressure, facing threats such as fake news and physical risk to journalists, according to experts at The Diplomatic Academy Students Initiative Conference...

Islamisation of Europe: Myth or Reality?

Beyond Islamisation; a roadmap for integration of Muslims in Europe The term Islamisation increasingly dominates the media, political campaigns and even daily life in European countries; however, many reject the term and the identification of...

Beyond EU Borders: Accession, Association, Alienation

The great double-bluff between the EU and its neighbourhood The EU’s half-hearted commitment to enlargement has not gone unnoticed in its neighbourhood and a new form of pragmatism has led to a selective application of...