At times I wonder how come I haven’t come across a similar thought or opinion to mine on the internet regarding a certain topic. There’s a special feeling of satisfaction when I find out pieces of people voicing the same concern. Introducing the “Jigsaw.” “So what do you study?”“International Studies” (In a dismissive manner) “Very … Continue reading Your profession is not your personality; or your ideology.
Dibs on Contiguous Zone becoming more relevant.
‘Oer the land of the free and the home of the brave’ A different 4th of July emerges, with President Biden presenting the U.S. and his leadership as winners, moving forward unmasked and with confidence. The current President’s goal has been to get approximately 2/3 of the American population vaccinated by this time. The initial … Continue reading For the sake of the Fourth
We have talked about videogames. But videogames are not to be confused with Game Theory in social and political sciences.
Bismarck’s Birthday is no joke.
By Nickolaos Angelis It is commonly said that Football is more than just a game. That’s because team sports often offer an intense emotional experience. In support of that claim, an important motive behind the participation in an association is the need to identify with a certain group of people which reflects the experiencing background of … Continue reading 4 + 1 Football Games that Made History For All the Wrong Reasons
If you are interested in economics and psychology, there is a growing Hellenic community of Behavioural Economics enthusiasts that you can join. Among researchers and students, some members of the Pecunia et Bellum team are actively participating in this project. We believe that it is crucial to promote this form of dialogue in Greece, especially … Continue reading Announcement: Behavioural Economics Greece
“Youtube is a mere continuation of Blogs by other means”– Clausewitz, probably A note by Alexandros Sainidis For the past ten days or so I’ve been working on this video for our blog Pecunia et Bellum. This video is an introduction both for me and the viewer. On the one side of the coin, it … Continue reading Pecunia et Bellum is now on Youtube!
One of the trends we see in modern learning is condensed science. Be it in school, university or YouTube, we tend to explain, or be provided knowledge “in a nutshell”. It sounds convenient. My own Grandfather, an architect wishes it was possible to transfer knowledge with ease. “So much knowledge. It is a pity that … Continue reading The Academic Currency
A note by Alexandros Sainidis This has been quite a challenging summer. One of the countries hit by the economic virus is Greece. The coronavirus has butchered tourism in Athens, something which has forced many of us, including me, to seek multiple jobs, more responsibilities, overtime work and alternative ways to make money, in order … Continue reading Summer changes
Europe is generally seen to be easing the lockdown measures. NASA proposes the Artemis Accords, a framework under which lunar mining will be explored with the cooperation other foreign space agencies. Along with Netflix trying to keep up with this trend in its new series, SpaceX became the first private company to have sent actual … Continue reading The World after a While, June 14, 2020
Although a government was, at last, formed in Israel, Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has yet to face the decision of the Supreme Court regarding the charges against him. If the prime minister, suspected of corruption, is unlucky, the Court’s decision will trigger another round of elections. It appears that in order to reduce OPEC’s oil … Continue reading The World after a Week: May 3, 2020
Excuse me for the delay, bad timing with work/days off 😉 President Donald Trump suspended Green Card applications for the next, at least, 60 days. This tactic is used to protect American workers from foreign competition, stemming from legal migration. Iranian authorities reported lauching a military grade satellite into orbit. It is worth noting that … Continue reading The World after a Week – April 26, 2020
In Eastern Ukraine, Russian and Ukraine-backed separatists exchanged prisoners (38 in total) for the first time in 2020, keeping the Minsk Protocol in one piece for the time being, Saudi Arabia offered to raise $7 billion in Bond sale in order to deal with the current spending gap. Partial relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions in Iran, … Continue reading The World after a Week: April 19, 2020
OPEC+ alliance of oil producing states and the Group of 20 nations reached a deal to cut global crude output and put an end to a price war. The total amount that will be cut will reach as much as 9.7 million barrels a day. The Eurogroup set up the current guidelines on fighting the … Continue reading The World after a While – April 12, 2020
The Eurogroup set up the current guidelines on fighting the economic plight of COVID-19a. The release of €540 billion corona packageb. A €25 billion European Investment Bank guarantee.c. The deployment of the SURE (Support to mitigate Unemployment Risks in an Emergency) programme. This will provide €100 billion in total among member statesd. Precautionary financial assistance … Continue reading Eurogroup’s economic plan for the Covid-19 crisis
The coronavirus is a disease for the economy as well. The International Monetary Fund, in its effort to become an global “economic doctor” gathered $50 billion to fight the Covid-19. In terms of Government Spending, Brexit preparations have cost the United Kingdom at least 5 billion euros. Days after the “historic” truce between the United … Continue reading The World After a Week – March 8th 2020
During my freshman year at the Panteion University, where I studied International Relations, Brexit surfaced as a theme of contemporary political dialogue. Ironically, the Brexit referendum was held during the day of the European Integration course examination. How could a student expect good results given the circumstances? Since then, British Politics became a real time … Continue reading Mapping Brexit: A Tale of Sovereignty
Merkel’s successor, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, suddenly resigned as leader of Germany’s Christian Democrats. Sinn Fein, the party historically associated with the Irish Republican Army, won the elections. This unexpected victory will probably become a factor for the status of the post-Brexit Irish border. The United States decided to downgrade their military effort against extremism in the … Continue reading The World After a Week – February 16, 2020
January and 1/3 of a February.
With this humble post, the Pecunia et Bellum team would like to express its graditute towards Feedspot for featuring our blog in its “Top International Relations Blogs” section. The internet is like the international system: anarchic. It’s hard to know, beforehand, which website is worth reading. Not to mention that opening eight different websites to … Continue reading A Post of Gratitude – Feedspot
Today’s Weekly Brief
The Russian Federation got banned from the next Olympics and the football World Cup (more). Russia’s only aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, caught fire and is undergoing repairs (more). Russia and Ukraine hold their first summit on the Crimean – East Ukrainian conflict in Paris, agreeing on a cease-fire (more). In Great Britain the Conservative Party … Continue reading The World After a Week – December 15, 2019
Diplomacy and Russia: – Bulgarian diplomat expelled from Russia in tit-for-tat move after Sofia asked the Kremlin to recall a diplomat under suspicion of espionage. Bulgaria also declined granting visa to a Russian defense attache (basically an ambassador). Given the strong cultural ties and energy relations between the two countries, this response of Bulgaria causes … Continue reading The World After a Week December 8, 2019
North Korea launched dummy missiles towards Japan again. Now North Korea threatens Japan with real missiles. Again (more). According to Lowy Institute, China has the most embassies and consulates with 276 diplomatic posts worldwide. In case you wonder how well your country is doing, you can check this Global Diplomacy Index. Despite most of the … Continue reading The World After a Week December 1, 2019
Pope visited Thailand, the most heavily Bhuddist country (more). Russia returned naval vessels which were captured during the Kerch Strait incident. The Ukrainian navy reported that three of the vessels were vandalized by Russians (more). Google will prevent advertisers from targetiing election ads using data containing public voter records and general political affiliations (more). Microsoft … Continue reading The World After a Week – November 24, 2019
Evo Morales, the Bolivian leader, lost power and sought asylum in Mexico. An interim government is currently in charge. The Brazilian embassy in Venezuela is occupied by Guaido supporters. Chilean protests are paving the way for a referendum in 2020 on whether the citizens of Chile want a new constitution. Spanish elections: Left still governs, … Continue reading The World After a Week November 17, 2019
Fifteen Asia-Pacific countries including China sign a trade pact without India. It is called Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). It is promised to be a big one. India is now more likely to agree on a trade agreement with Europe in order to avoid the outcome of being isolated. Speaking of India, its police has … Continue reading The World After a Week November 10, 2019
In case you were too busy these days to follow the news. United States impose new sanctions on Iran but waivers other existing ones Oil price rose by 4% Mass anti-government demonstrations in Iraq. Protests in Lebanon and Chile The Islamic State claims responsibility for the killing of 53 millitants in Mali Turkey and Russia … Continue reading The world after a week 3/11/2019