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Harlan Koff, Carmen Maganda, Philippe De Lombaerde, Edith Kauffer, and Julia Ros Cuellar

regions play in global affairs in the near- to medium-term future? The articles published here provide a snapshot of the state of regional integration in the world today. These articles also engage the field of regional studies, discuss its strengths and

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Denielle M. Perry and Kate A. Berry

environmental regulations. As the relative strength of corporations increases, furthermore, the level of regulatory power by state governments or a coordinated international body may weaken commensurately (2003, p. 33). Hydropower development in Costa

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Refugia Roundtable

Imagining Refugia: Thinking Outside the Current Refugee Regime

Nicholas Van Hear, Veronique Barbelet, Christina Bennett, and Helma Lutz

aid system. The problems inherent in such a state substitution model are well known—UNHCR has long faced similar challenges—and any of the potential perks outlined by Refugia (refugee bargaining power, strength in solidarity) fall well short of refugee

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Migration and Citizenship in “Athens of Crisis”

An Interview with Vice Mayor Lefteris Papagiannakis

Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou and Nina Papachristou

has taken a hit and is only just starting to recover. The conservative parties are gaining strength, but that’s not only a Greek trend, that’s a European trend. For me, the financial crisis is the underlining factor for everything in a sense, because

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From proclamation to denial

Indigenous rights and political participation in Venezuela

Catherine Alès

) in Amazonas State, the electoral intentions of leaders outweigh the strength of autonomous indigenous organizations, which are diminished in comparison to the power of political and governmental organizations. This effect is strengthened especially as

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Ecosystem integrity and policy coherence for development

Tools aimed at achieving balance as the basis for transformative development

Harlan Koff, Miguel Equihua Zamora, Carmen Maganda, and Octavio Pérez-Maqueo

standpoint when applied to specific development contexts, such as water basins or clearly defined ecosystems. While current uses of PCD as a policy tool highlight its strengths because they prioritize sustainable development over competing policy arenas and

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EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region

A new space for a study of novel forms of diplomacy

Zane Šime

communities that can lend their strengths to work toward novel solutions. Daryl Copeland generalizes that “scientists and diplomats have different training, and ways of thinking. Diplomats are risk averse, change resistant, practical, and focused on

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Regional and sub-regional effects on development policies

The Benelux and the Nordic countries compared

Lauri Siitonen

European Union (EU) studies and development studies by testing the strengths of Europeanization and sub-regional identification in explaining development policies. It is also linked with the recent debates on European identities (Council of Europe 2013

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Human rights-based service delivery

Assessing the role of national human rights institutions in democracy and development in Ghana and Uganda

Richard Iroanya, Patrick Dzimiri, and Edith Phaswana

-being of all. However, it must be pointed out that the fulfillment of the role of bridging the protection gap between individual rights and the responsibility of the states largely depends on the strength and effectiveness of NHRIs. Thus, adequate

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From philanthropy to impact investing

The case of Luxembourg

Shirlita Espinosa

on Filipinos Overseas, 2013 ), a call for solidarity to become “enablers of development” through giving is potentially a promise worth making. In particular, I present the specificities of Luxembourg and how its economic strengths as a financial hub