Asia

Invisible Countries: Turkmenistan

In The Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino describes 55 cities explored by Marco Polo. He describes how Maurilia, for example, is a metropolis where visitors look at postcards and billboards that illustrate it as when it…




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Japan Soft Power House

We tend to look to the Western World for references to our way of behavior, not only regarding political organization, but also in cultural terms. It is not strange to anyone that perhaps the United…



The World in December 21 to 27

Brexit: Habemus Acordum! This Thursday the United Kingdom and the European Union reached a post-Brexit trade agreement, after months of negotiations. Prime Minister Boris Johnson considered it a “good deal” for the whole of Europe,…


The World from December 14 to 20

Possible post-Brexit deal According to the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michael Barnier, a post-Brexit free trade agreement with the United Kingdom may be close and could be reached as early as Sunday. The European…


BRI: Germany as the European Coordinator of the Initiative

In January, Germany chancellor Angela Merkel cited in a speech an observation by Henry Kissinger about the importance of Europe’s transatlantic relations and dependence with the United States, to reevaluate the strategic position of Europeans…



BRI: History of the Silk Road

In the next 3 Tuesdays, we’ll be publishing a series of articles addressing the Belt and Road Initiative, placing the project in a historical context and analyzing its application in practice. The BRI, as its…