GPPW Quarterly Newsletter 1

One Year of GPPW

This is the first of what will become a quarterly GPPW newsletter, featuring selected articles, latest news and updates on our research projects and activities. If you would like to receive our newsletters by email you can subscribe here.

This first newsletter comes just three months after our one year anniversary in October, a year in which GPPW grew from being a small wordpress blog run by three recent graduates to a fledgling think tank with an ever-growing audience, number of partners, contributors, interns and volunteers. We also established ourselves as a UK-based company and welcomed our fourth director, Moritz Borchardt, to the team.

We could not have gotten this far this quickly without the dedication of our interns, contributors and volunteers and the support from our partners. We would like to offer our sincere thanks to everyone who has helped GPPW on its way and we look forward to continue working with you in 2015.

From everyone at GPPW, we wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a prosperous 2015 / Year of the Goat.


Latest News

Given that this is the first GPPW newsletter and has to cover an entire year’s worth of articles, we thought instead of recounting an endless list of news we would share with you a chart illustrating the milestones we have achieved from GPPW’s establishment in October 2013 to date.

Over the past 15 months one of the most consistent things has been the rate of growth and development that GPPW has gone through – and that never ceases to amaze us.



Our Current Projects

Past. Future. Present. – A Comparative View on Postcolonial Societies Today


Cover image ‘3rd Farewell to Post Colonialism’ by Hérésie

Initiated in November 2014 and to be published in Spring 2015, GPPW’s latest research project, coordinated by Moritz Borchardt and implemented with Mario Zorro and a group of volunteers from the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy deals with the different effects of colonialism on societies around the globe.


Some Call it Belarus


Cover image ‘Free Belarus Now’ by English PEN

Curated and written by Moritz Borchardt, ‘Some call it Belarus’ takes a look on the oft-forgotten case of Belarus and highlights some of the issues the country faces and showcases why we think the country and the situation within deserve more attention.


Winter Skies, Frozen Seas and Northern Shores


Cover image ‘Cold Response DV dag‘ by Soldatnytt

Also known as the ‘Arctic Project’ and with over 18 articles published on the subject, Winter Skies, Frozen Seas and Northern Shores co-ordinated by Mario Zorro represents the longest article series and first research project launched by GPPW.


Top Articles

How Can Negotiating With ‘Terrorists’ Affect The Reduction Of Violence?

Abit Hoxha

In the light of the insurgence of ISIS, GPPW regular contributor Abit Hoxha confronts in detail the issue of how to face the threat of terrorism and the dilemma of whether to negotiate with terrorists.

Eurasian Integration Must Be Based On Clear Values And Principles Rather Than Simply Russian Influence

Catherine Lefèvre

In an article published both at GPPW and the London School of Economics, Catherine Lefèvre takes an in-depth look at the forthcoming Eurasian Union and argues that Russian influence and coercion in many potential member countries is not enough to ensure a stable and productive union.

Learning From Past Mistakes: What Afghanistan Can Learn From Iraq

Giorgi Shengelia

In a timely piece, GPPW intern Giorgi Shengelia takes a look at the challenges faced by the Iraqi government in Baghdad since American troops left the country and asks if the new Afghan leadership will be able to avoid similar issues after ISAF troops leave the country in 2014.

Shale Oil and World Politics

Felix Troeltzsch

With the recent news of the OPEC meeting in Vienna and on-going environmental concerns, shale oil production has been in the spotlight lately. In his latest article, GPPW regular contributor Felix Troeltzsch explores the issue in-depth and asks if it is truly a long term solution.

The EU Should Push for a Transnational Cyber Security Network

Catherine Lefèvre

Published in March and shortlisted in the top ten entries for the 2014 Young Professionals in Foreign Policy article prize, Catherine Lefèvre’s article on future cyber security in Europe reflects on the status quo of state-based digital security strategies and their connectedness amongst EU member states and makes the case for a truly transnational cyber security network. As a prize for being shortlisted, Catherine was able to attend and represent GPPW at the 2014 annual EDA conference in Brussels.

Kosovo: Six Years of Independence

Donika Emini

Written in early 2014, this piece by Donika Emini reports on the situation of Kosovo six years into the country’s independence in the international arena and the obstacles en route to becoming an internationally accepted representative of its people.

Drawing A Line Between Criticism And Blasphemy

Musa Aziz

In a personal piece, GPPW regular contributor Musa Aziz highlights the issue of free speech in his native Afghanistan and makes a clear distinction between fair criticism of religious issues and blasphemy.

The 2013 ‘Gezi’ Protests In Turkey – The Authorities’ Failure To Curb Its Legacy

Golnaz A. Jafari

In this piece, GPPW intern, Golnaz A. Jafari takes a look at the ‘Gezi’ protests of 2013 in Turkey and their aftermath for the Turkish government and impact they have had on the political status quo one year after.

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