On transcendental changes and a challenging beginning to 2017

in Regions and Cohesion

The year 2017 has started with many significant challenges for region-building in the world. Not only do poverty and socio-economic inequity seem to be extending within and between world regions, but social tensions are manifesting themselves in different forms, from the fallout from electoral divisions in the United States to terrorism in Europe and Turkey. The New Year’s Eve attacks in Istanbul demonstrate the complexity of political positioning in places such as Turkey that act as bridges between regions and thus, connections between economies, political systems, and identities. Whereas nodes of intersections between regions can provide opportunities to dynamic communities, the recent political violence in Turkey has made the risks clear to those residents who must live with such tensions on a daily basis.

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