Nation States: Organizational Hierarchies or Networks?

Last semester, during a seminar at Goethe Universit√§t on Geographies of Violence: state, space and power relations in Latin America, the idea of "Nation States as institutional hierarchies" was fiercily challenged by the idea of "Nation States as networks". The "network party", as Anne-Marie Slaughter calls it (2014: pp. 59), is a paradigm change for …

Elon Musk’s cyborg technology

Let me start by apologizing for the rather radical shift in the nature of my post today, but this is actually a reflection of my ongoing scientific research. I do believe, however, that this shift presents itself quite appropriately. Our technological apparatus is advancing in such a rapid pace that I believe human-machine symbiosis is …

Ad Hoc: Complexity in Science, Culture and Society

The research group Complexity¬†met on April 1st of 2019 at the Research College for Human Sciences (Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften) in Bad Homburg, Germany to participate in a discussion with the South African cosmolgist George Ellis. His recent work "The Dynamical Emergence of Biology From Physics: Branching Causation via Biomolecules" was the basis for the workshop held …

2019 Global Economic Outlook: World Bank Report

The World Bank released its 2019 Global Economy Outlook in January this year. In this post I try to highlight the key facts and information from their press released and patially from the report as well. Global Summary International trade and manufacturing activity have slowed down. Intensifying trade tensions could result in even weaker global …

[Podcast] Christine Lagarde’s call for action – IMF World Economic Outlook

In today's podcast we are going to be speaking about the IMF World Economic Outlook, which is a publication that was release by the International Monetary Fund in October of 2018. I actually want to focus this conversation a little more on the press conference that was delivered in the World Economic Forum on January …

[Podcast] Creating the Corporate Foreign Policy

The topic today is Corporate Foreign Policy, but how did we come up with this name? Because Corporate Diplomacy is pretty much a reflection of traditional Public Diplomacy, we borrowed the term Foreign Policy. States, in Public Diplomacy, have specific interests that they need to defend in the international environment, so they build up this …

The Economics of China’s New Era – Prof. Lin from Peking University

Prof. Justin Yifu Lin from Peking University delivered a lecture to a full auditorium at Goethe University (Frankfurt, Germany) on the new Era of the Chinese Economy, on this Jan. 21st. The event was made possible by IZO, the Interdicsciplinary Eastern Asian Studies, on its 10th year aniversary. Professor Lin acquired his PhD from the …