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Taxing non-renewable resource extraction: for more transparency, fairness and sustainability

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Essay submitted in October 2014 for the 2014 Amartya Sen Prize Contest on how illicit financial flows relate to global poverty and inequality.

Illicit financial flows are one of the symptoms of unharnessed globalisation. While trade and finance have become more and more international, with an accelerated rhythm since the end of the Cold War, governance has not kept pace and all states, including the most powerful, face the consequences of non-cooperative behavior and free ride, from other state entities as well as from non-state actors whose influence can exceed that of entire countries.

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The war that Ukraine (and the West) can win

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Essay submitted for the November 2014 edition of the MindSketch competition organized by VoxUkraine.

Full-blown war with Russia has never been so likely. Ukraine has no chance to win it, nor can it count on a decisive military support from the West. Both must therefore focus on socio-economic development to win hearts and minds through the establishment of a “Marshall plan” for energy efficiency.

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Is genocide still possible in the 21st century?

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Essay submitted for the I International Essay Contest after Raphael Lemkin “Genocide – dark mark of humanity”, organized in autumn 2014 by the Society Initiatives Institute.

In January 2015, the world will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz extermination camp. Though not being the first – nor the last – genocide in human history, the Shoah, with its unique combination of destructive ideology and industrial means that led to the annihilation of millions of individuals within a few years, has sadly become its most popular expression and Auschwitz, its most famous symbol.

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For a smarter and fairer socio-economic model in 21st century Europe

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Winning essay of the Re-Inventing Europe 2014 competition.

In 2000, the Lisbon Strategy was setting the goal for the EU to become within ten years the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world. After it failed to meet its objectives, it has been replaced with the Europe 2020 strategy focusing on five key targets to achieve smart, sustainable, inclusive growth. While some are likely to be reached by 2020, e.g. in the realm of energy and climate, the persisting economic crisis challenges the overall chances of success of the strategy, especially in relation to employment and poverty.

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Poland’s Energy Union proposal: a fair deal for both the EU and Russia?

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Article published in the Knowledge Centre Review (Summer Special Issue, 2014) of the Energy Charter Secretariat.

In April this year, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk published a column in the Financial Times calling for the creation of an Energy Union based on six pillars with thegoal of making energy more competitive and secure in the EU and its neighbourhood. Its most ambitious part would consist in setting up “a single European body charged with buying [Russian] gas.

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