Category: <span>Political</span>

Meet the Expert: Roelof Schuurman-Meeske
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Meet the Expert: Roelof Schuurman-Meeske

Roelof Schuurman-Meeske, Risk Consultant at Proximities knows the company from the inside out. He joined right after its establishment. After his master’s in international Relations, he became Proximities’ first employee and started working as an analyst. Since then, both Roelof and the company have grown considerably.

Two Elections with Geopolitical Implications
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Two Elections with Geopolitical Implications

This week, elections are held in Sri Lanka and Belarus. The outcome of both elections could have geopolitical implications for years to come. Belarus Developments in Belarus have always been closely monitored by policymakers due to its strategic location in the borderland region between Russia and the West. This year’s presidential election is especially interesting...

Three Demands of Thai Protest Movement
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Three Demands of Thai Protest Movement

In recent weeks, thousands of Thai youth have defied COVID-19 restrictions by gathering to protest against the country’s government. The demonstrations are politically motivated but have been fuelled by bleak economic prospects. Due to the impact of the coronavirus on the tourism industry, the Thai economy is expected to shrink by more than 8% this...

The Lost Work Force
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The Lost Work Force

Hundreds of thousands of seafarers are currently estimated to be stuck on sea as a result of worldwide COVID-19 restrictions. Afraid of further spread of the virus, governments are hesitant to allow entry to the seafarers. Moreover, hampered by visa restrictions, replacement crews experience great difficulty in traveling towards ports. Due to this situation, many...

In Focus: Developments You Might Have Missed
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In Focus: Developments You Might Have Missed

Still in the midst of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the headlines continue to be dominated by virus-related developments. Due to this overwhelming amount of information, it is easy to overlook other developments in international politics.  In Latin America, for example, the US Navy conducted a ‘freedom of navigation operation’ in an area...

Cameroon: Health Capacity and COVID-19
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Cameroon: Health Capacity and COVID-19

On June 11, the WHO stated that a ‘steady increase’ in COVID-19 cases in Africa should be expected until a vaccine is developed. The organization identified Cameroon, together with South Africa and Algeria, as one of the continent’s hotspots that require strong public health measures in the near future.   The announcement comes after the authorities...

COVID-19 Hotbeds
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COVID-19 Hotbeds

Since the COVID-19 outbreak started in China at the end of last year, the virus has spread throughout the world and affected regions in different ways. Due to the disparity in (active) cases between the US and the rest of the world, the inclusion of this country distorts maps showing the world’s current hotbeds of...

Hong Kong Protests
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Hong Kong Protests

Today, low-level clashes between demonstrators and police took place at the International Financial Centre in Hong Kong . In the protest that preceded the clashes, dozens of pro-democracy activists gathered to demand political reform. Over the past weeks, similar demonstrations and accompanying clashes have occurred multiple times after a lull in protests during the COVID-19...

Oil Price Slump
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Oil Price Slump

After last week’s OPEC+ meeting failed to reach an agreement, an oil-war has been started. Although Saudi Arabia has low production costs, its government is highly reliant on oil revenues facing budget cuts. The US faces opposite challenges, where private producers have relatively high costs, the government is not reliant on oil revenue. Russia has...

New European Gas Pipelines
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New European Gas Pipelines

Greater competition between gas supplying countries can be expected over the next decade. Gas is an important fuel in the European energy mix and as such the continent is depended on gas imports. Therefore, gas infrastructure projects are still being developed especially in the Mediterranean where gas exploration has led to new findings of the...

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