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The GPI draws on both a rich pool of international thinkers, academics, and professionals from diverse backgrounds, including international affairs, banking and finance, industry, technology and science, media and international organisations. What we all have in common is a strong belief that new and fresh ideas are needed for a rapidly changing world, and a shared dedication to devising innovative yet practical policy solutions to that can make a real difference.

The Future of Money: Central Bank Digital Currencies

The article (link) examines the rationale behind the exploration by the vast majority of the world’s central banks of introducing central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). The phenomenon is discussed in the context of a number of key issues: a) the...
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Is EU Independence Threatened?

Two well-respected analysts and commentators, John Mearsheimer (2022) and Wolfgang Streeck (2022a and b), have recently put forward a persuasive thesis that historical and contemporary fault-lines are placing the EU in a position where its political and economic independence may...
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The Nation State, Territorial Integrity, and Reality

Despite the apparent acceptance at international level of several linked, though in some cases contradictory, norms, namely the (civic) nation-state sovereignty, the territorial integrity of nations-states, unitary and federal governance structures, and the right of self-determination, these norms are frequently...
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Reflections on “The Power of the Powerless”

In 1978, Vaclac Havel wrote an essay, “The Power of the Powerless”. It followed the publication of “Charter 77” in 1977. In the essay Havel attempted to explain his view of what it meant to be a dissident in Czechoslovakia...
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Ukraine and the Failure of Statecraft

Baker had asked Gorbachev “whether he would prefer a united Germany outside of NATO, independent and without any American troops, or whether Germany should remain part of NATO, with the assurance that NATO jurisdiction would not move one inch eastwards...
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Karine de Vergeron delivered keynote address ‘Global Challenges for EU Cultural Diplomacy’

Karine Lisbonne de Vergeron, associate director and head of the Europe Programme of the GPI delivered the keynote address « Global Challenges for EU Cultural Diplomacy » as part of the international symposium PD-PCF UC Reactik entitled « Cultural Diplomacy...
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Update of the 2015 Perceptions Study – Dr Karine de Vergeron

The Global Policy Institute is very happy to announce the release of the Update of the 2015 Perceptions Study funded by the EU Foreign Partnership Instrument and edited by PD-PCF and PPMI to which GPI Associate Director and Head of...
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Cold War Mark 2: Is the US the Ideologue Now?

There seems little doubt either that a new Cold War is appearing in the world, or of its ideological content. This is not to dismiss economic competition and security issues, but there needs to be a recognition of the ideological...
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How to get to a place of peace for Ukraine

Negotiation involving compromises on both sides will spare the people suffering, while preserving their sovereignty and independence. “Forget the cheese – let’s get out of the trap” — Robert A. Lovett, U.S. Secretary of Defense 1951-53. The talks now underway...
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The Catastrophe in Ukraine

In response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the West now has no choice but to impose the toughest possible economic sanctions on Russia and to seek to unite as much of the world as possible in pressing Russia to...
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Europe’s ‘unity’ for the sake of ‘unity’ against Russia is misguided

In recent years, the world’s great powers have increasingly placed their own narrow interests and their deepening competition with one another ahead of the well-being of the wider international order: the United States reiterates its lofty principles without truly addressing...
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Europe-India: New Strategic Challenges

The most recent India-EU summits, held on 15 July 2020 and 8 May 2021, significantly enhanced the strategic dimension of the bilateral relationship. India was one of the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with the European Union when representatives...
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Dr Lisbonne-Szais de Vergeron nominated to Scientific Council of the Robert Schuman Foundation

GPI Associate Director and Head of the Europe Programme, Dr Karine Lisbonne-Szais de Vergeron, has been nominated to the  Scientific Council of the Robert Schuman Foundation, a leading European research and studies centre with offices in Paris and Brussels: https://www.robert-schuman.eu/en/scientific-council...
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Russia Can’t Be Excluded From European Affairs

The Western attempt to expel Russia from Europe has failed. That there was such an attempt was always implicit in the strategy of seeking to admit every European country but Russia into NATO and the European Union. In this context,...
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In the shadow of war – Ukraine and the limits of a ‘geopolitical’ EU

The EU’s relationship with Russia for the past decade or more has been characterised by uncertainty. That uncertainty finally came to an end in 2021, albeit in a fashion which raised further questions over the EU’s ability to become a...
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