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Spanning the Atlantic

Gifted to the U.S. by France on 4 July 1884, the Statue of Liberty represents not only dear values, but is also a physical manifestation of the bonds between North America and Europe.

Spanning the Atlantic: Our Stories from Europe & North America

How did Sweden turn from trying to develop nuclear weapons itself as a method of self-protection to the becoming the White Knight of nuclear disarmament it so prominently is today? Sweden has continually promoted disarmament policies and spoken out against nuclear testing which has resulted in the Scandinavian nation gaining the nickname the ‘White Knight’ by academics and international institutions alike.

Descendant of Indian royalty and goddaughter of Queen Victoria, Duleep Singh was focal to the British suffragette movement – a turning point in the emancipation of women. Born in 1876, Sophia Duleep Singh was the daughter of Maharaja Duleep Singh and Maharani Bamba. Her father was the last Maharaja (Indian prince) of Punjab before it was annexed by Britain in 1849.

On May 21, 2021, Dr. Sarah Beaulieu, an anthropologist at the University of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia, conducted a ground survey of the apple orchard near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, once Canada’s largest that, at one point, housed 500 Indigenous children and teenagers. Using ground-penetrating radar (GPR), Beaulieu discovered evidence of up to 200 unmarked gravesites containing the bodies of children that went missing from the Kamloops school.

Anne Hidalgo, serving as the Mayor of Paris since 2014, has placed green policies at the top of her agenda to transform the city of light. The goal is to reshape Paris into a “15-minute city” despite its population of 2 million. Most daily necessities should therefore be accomplished within a 15-minute cycle or walk from home. This mainly entails building the city with an inclusive view of its people.

It was 1988 when a fifth of the entire population of modern-day Estonia came together to sing Eestimaa Laul. It was the song of independence and the first time that the restoration of independence was demanded publicly in this Baltic state. Soon after, the Baltic Way, a human chain stretching an almost unimaginable 600km and spanning three countries and capital cities showed to the world that freedom was a powerful force.

The world’s largest island is one covered by glaciers, surrounded by icebergs, and blanketed by snow. It is sparsely populated by just 56,000 inhabitants spanning over 2 million km2. Since the first human settlements were established on the island over 800 years ago, Greenland has been controlled by many outside powers.

The Arctic Council is a truly unique institutions. While it counts 8 members that are UN member states, indigenous communities are involved via six organisations that have Permanent Participant Status in the Council. No other transnational body in the world includes indigenous representations at that level.

'The Swedish Model' is often used as a case study for democracies due to its relatively peaceful early transition. Unlike many violent transitions to democracy, as seen in, for example, French history, Sweden never experienced a revolutionary break. Instead, it underwent a long-term structural change. Once Sweden had become a democracy, it did not break down, even under the pressure of the interwar period during which other democracies collapsed. But surprisingly, Sweden didn't always have the ideal conditions for democracy to emerge.

Whether you like maple syrup or not, you will probably instantly associate it with Canada, and at best on second thoughts with Québec. By contrast, you will probably associate the French language in Canada simply with Québec, not with the country as a whole. The story of both languages in Canada is much more intriguing, though. And it might hold interesting lessons for all of us to learn.

We look at the past 100 years of Ukraine's tumultuous history. A proud nation and people often caught up between great powers. From Soviet times to independence the country has experienced more than a fair share of ruptures. With the nation's future currently at stake, understanding its history is more important than ever.

Many Norwegians take pride in being perceived as a peaceful country. Their advocacy for open international political dialogues and Norway's involvement as a peace mediator has given the country a domestic and international reputation for being a “peace nation”. What are the different historical, social and geopolitical aspects that shaped Norway’s stance in the international arena and made them a “peace nation”?

In October 2021, Najla Bouden took office as Prime Minister of Tunisia, and she became the very first female prime minister of the Arab world. From Singapore to Slovakia, Tanzania to Kosovo, a growing number of women are taking office as Head of their State. Women used to take on historically "masculine" attributes to ascend to leadership positions. Has our notion of "power" already changed?

The ongoing war in Ukraine is the latest event the world had to cope with over the past 10 years leading to an exodus of a country. So-called community sponsorship programmes are refugee resettlement programmes that allow local volunteer groups, such as charities, local faith groups, to sponsor refugee families.

With the war in Ukraine continuing, questions have arisen over the state and fate of Moldova, a small country sandwiches between Ukraine and the EU that knows a Russian-speaking separatist movement and strong Russian political support for it. The Transnistria region has a complicated history worth exploring in the context of the current crisis in Europe's East.

It was mid-October 2021 when Sonia Sotomayor, an Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court, entered the doors of the New York University School of Law. She was about to announce a ground-breaking administrative rule change in the Courts’ structure of oral arguments that would enter the history books as a crucial step towards gender equality

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