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Romania and the Belt and Road Initiative

Romania and the Belt and Road Initiative

Historically, Romanian territories have been frequently a key to the geopolitical ambitions of the rising players on the international arena due to their strategic geographic position, Romania being located at a crossroads between the East and West, between the CIS, Middle East and Western spheres of influence, on the Danube and the Black Sea’s shores, rich in natural resources and with one of the highest degrees of energy independence in Europe. Nowadays, an additional advantage comes from its human resources, its educated class standing out in essential niches like various branches of the IT sector. More

No. 3, Jan.-Feb. 2017 2017


Space Debris – Visualizing the Risk and Informing Stakeholders

Space Debris – Visualizing the Risk and Informing Stakeholders

Everybody in a reasonably advanced society (and many of the not so advanced ones) uses products and services that are dependent on satellites and their specific capabilities, many of which cannot be substituted for on Earth. You may use satellite communications and weather prediction services, and sometimes you may use GPS (for transport, tourism and for tagging your friends on Facebook), but you are also consuming space services through intermediaries. Your Amazon order arrived safely, cheaply and on time through a GPS dependent global distribution service. The gadget you bought was the result of a globalized production chain kept viable by global communications, global transport and global finance. Your online payments, bank transactions and stock market investments are time stamped by atomic clocks located in GPS satellites. One day, you may even receive medical services or even have a robot perform surgery on you through telemedicine. And, in a crisis and emergency situation, space services such as Earth Observation are invaluable for decision makers and responders. The list goes on and on. More

No. 3, Jan.-Feb. 2017 2017


The Chinese Dream – an Exhortation to Achieve

The Chinese Dream – an Exhortation to Achieve

35% of Chinese think that the USA is an ideal country, while 26% claim that China is the ideal country. Ten years from now, however, 42% of Chinese will claim that their country is the ideal one, while only 14% will say the same about the US. The figures come from a comparative analysis published in 2014 by the British advertising and communication group WPP, titled “The Power and Potential of the Chinese Dream”. More

No. 2, Nov.-Dec. 2016 2016


The 12 Labours of Narendra Modi: India’s Demonetisation Saga

The 12 Labours of Narendra Modi: India’s Demonetisation Saga

On the 8th of November 2016, the same day in which a revolutionary election took place, empowering Donald J. Trump to become the next President of the United States of America, the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, announced a radical decision for his country. In his address to the Nation, and in his endeavour to fight corruption and black money and to eradicate poverty and terrorism, Modi proclaimed that the five hundred and thousand rupee notes “will no longer be legal tender”, thus becoming “worthless pieces of paper”. More

No. 2, Nov.-Dec. 2016 2016


Saudi Arabia vs. Iran: From Proxy to Hybrid Warfare

Saudi Arabia vs. Iran: From Proxy to Hybrid Warfare

Formerly strategic partners, Saudi Arabia and Iran have transformed the entire Middle East in a geopolitical chessboard. The breach occurred in 1979 when, in the aftermath of large protests, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was forced to abandon Iran, allowing the regime led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to seize power in Tehran. More

No. 2, Nov.-Dec. 2016 2016


Youth Engagement for Development in the Danube Region

Youth Engagement for Development in the Danube Region

The Danube river region has represented throughout history a cradle of civilization and of cultural, social and economic development. The choice for the motto of the European Union’s Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) was obvious and it transmitted an important message of hope in order to marshal people and resources in the region towards the direction of development: “Danube, the river of opportunities”. More

No. 2, Nov.-Dec. 2016 2016


Tears in the Land of Smiles

Tears in the Land of Smiles

For most of us, Thailand is synonymous with exotic beaches, wildlife safaris, and tropical fruit unheard of in our part of the world – a well-deserved, yet too narrow portrait. Less is known, to the international public, about its social fabric and political struggles, although there are important evolutions to observe and discuss in these areas. Long story short, Thailand is one of the very few countries currently governed by a military junta, following a successful overthrow of the elected civilian government in May 2014, the second episode of its kind in the last decade. In fact, this country carries a long history of abrupt regime changes, having survived 19 coups in the past century, out of which 12 successful ones. In its oscillations between military authoritarianism and constitutional democracy, Thailand represents an interesting, rare mixture of monarchy, military rulers and civil politicians, being open and modern, yet unique in Oriental specificity.  More

No. 2, Nov.-Dec. 2016 2016


To a Sustainable, Secure and Safe Space Environment

To a Sustainable, Secure and Safe Space Environment

Space-based systems play an important role in our daily lives and businesses. Telecommunications, weather forecasting, financial services, positioning applications and television are just a few of the thousands of services that heavily rely on space-based systems. As space-based systems are vulnerable to various threats, protecting these systems requires us to pay attention to (a) the space segment, (b) the ground, or control segment that is used to upload data to the satellites, to control the satellites’ orbit and performance and its associated ground communications network, and (c) the user segment that consists of any device allowing either to access services. This protection shall consider all phases of the overall mission lifecycle e.g. design, manufacturing, operations including launch phase and disposal phase. More

No. 2, Nov.-Dec. 2016 2016


China is Playing Go on the Global Board

China is Playing Go on the Global Board

It has been almost a decade since the onset of the 2008 crisis and the global arena is defined more and more by new characteristics that reflect changes in the number and intensity of interactions among all sorts of economic, political, military, spiritual actors, the obsolescence of International institutions, as well as the advances of science and disruptive technology. More

No. 1, Sep.-Oct. 2016 2016


Iran, the Latest Outstanding Emerging Market

Iran, the Latest Outstanding Emerging Market

Iran advertises a vast array of opportunities and advantages for investment, starting with the highest level of security in the region, human capital (having a population of approximately 80 million people), a young, well-educated and skilled labor force as well as rich energy reserves. Its location on the Persian Gulf eases its integration into global markets, as well as offering a strategic position in proximity to the growing Gulf region’s financial and trading hubs. More

No. 1, Sep.-Oct. 2016 2016


Space Inspires Us to Protect Earth

Space Inspires Us to Protect Earth

On May 14th 1981, two astronauts were rapidly ascending from platform 17 on Baikonur Cosmodrome: Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu, a young lieutenant-major of the Romanian Air Force and an engineer specialized in aeronautics, who had scored the highest results among all the non-Soviet astronauts during his training in Star City, and Leonid Popov, a Soviet cosmonaut, the only one who had matched the record of 185 days spent in space at that time. More

No. 1, Sep.-Oct. 2016 2016


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OEconomica No. 1, 2016