Occasional papers

How Reforms Facilitate Central Asia’s Rise to International Prominence

Stefan Antić

Central Asian states have sought to connect themselves to global markets and chart their own path to prosperity ever since gaining independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

The "Belt and Road" Initiative and its implications for Southeast Europe

Jasna Plevnik

THIS PAPER explores the opportunities and challenges of developing cooperation between the countries of Southeast Europe and China within the framework of the “Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road” development project, which China presented publicly in 2013.

Changing Tides: On the Political Changes Occurring in Latin America

Carlos Roa

For the past decade and a half, most governments in the region of Latin America have been of the political center-left/left wing variety. The have prioritized the tackling of societal and economic inequality through various redistributive programs. Within the media and academia, this became known as the Pink Tide. This era appears to be ending, though, as the region appears to be turning away from the governments and associated values of the Pink Tide, raising questions as to what will follow them.