Madman theory is a political theory commonly associated with the U.S. President Richard Nixon. He and his administration strove to convince the leaders of hostile countries that Nixon was irrational and volatile enough to take unpredictable actions. This tactic was supposed to induce the hostile nation to stand down and avoid provoking the United States, fearing an unpredictable American...

France’s secular ayatollahs (by Paul Taylor) 5 March 2018 In our previous edition, we have touched upon the French problem of integrating Muslims in the French society and President Macron’s attempts to handle this problem. At Politico, Paul Taylor contemplates about the different aspect of the problem: the phenomenon of French militant secularists allergic to any hint of religious presence in...

Today, the British Prime Minister is expected to announce whatever sanction measures are to address the alleged Kremlin-led attempts to murder former GRU colonel and a British agent Sergey Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, UK. Why the widespread apprehension and anger as a reaction towards the act of using deadly chemicals in full daylight, without much concern for the security of bystanders, is...

Launched in 2013, the Antall József Summer School is a twelve-day programme focusing on one of the most important regional partnerships of Europe, the Visegrad Cooperation. Through traditional and more interactive forms of education, including lectures, workshops, debates, roundtable discussions, and short trainings, the event series, organised annually, provides a profound analysis of the Visegrad...

From trigger happy generals to irrational leaders, who should be trusted with U.S. nuclear button? Let’s find out. For decades wise nuclear experts like Ash Carter and Peter D. Fever have written about the nuclear hair triggers. To their respected warnings, I’ll add another. We all know that in the United States, President has the legal and political authority to order the launch of nuclear...

Baltic International Summer School June 19 – 30, 2018 Our values, attitudes, and behavior are constantly tested by disinformation, fake news, attempts of spinning and twisting the reality and defining normality. They are often difficult to grasp and their relationship to various political, economic, or personal agendas initially may seem unclear. The aim of this intensive program is to...

What can cross-cultural psychology tell you about your own cultural assumptions? Are you able to understand the unique challenges and benefits of living in a multicultural society? Are your professional or academic goals aimed at working successfully in international businesses, or in multicultural teams?    Content: In this program you and a group of internationally-oriented students will...

The Executive Summer School is organized by the University of Leuven in cooperation with the European Institute of Social Security. This intensive, postgraduate-level Executive Summer School aims to provide participants with basic knowledge of social security in its various aspects. The Summer School will last two-and-a-half weeks and will be held at the end of August through early September (For 2017: 28...

Iran may pull out of the nuclear deal before the US (by Massoumeh Torfeh)  1 March 2018 In the opinion piece by Massoumeh Torfeh, she claims that Iran will leave a nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)) if it cannot gain economic benefits from it. Meanwhile, the author talks about Trump’s desire to increase sanctions against Iran and his violation of deal through creating...

Level: BA / MA Credits: 4 ECTS Application deadline: 13 May, 2018   Week I in Tallinn - Estonian Business Environment 8-14 July Week II in Tartu - EU and Russian Relations 15-21 July   The programme will introduce the challenges and achievements of social, economic and political reforms and their past, present and future impacts on local as well as on international scale. Students will learn of...

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