Paper – Moving mountains: Common policy goals among landlocked, mountainous countries may serve as a basis for UNFCCC coalition-building

Linus Höller,Northwestern University[1] First published 2023 June 7 Abstract Landlocked, mountainous countries, although scattered around the globe, share a unifying set of geographical features and are impacted by climate change in similar ways. Yet the concerns of mountain countries find relatively little international recognition, including in international environmental and climate change negotiations, owing in part…

Neutral Austria and Switzerland join Germany’s “Sky Shield,” further redefining Europe’s Defense future

By Linus Höller The foreign ministers of traditionally neutral Austria and Switzerland officially declared their intent to join the German-led “Sky Shield” air defense alliance Friday. The move has reignited debates about what it means to maintain neutrality and is likely to draw criticism from France and Italy for its reliance on American — rather…

Schengen’t: Overview of Border Closures in Europe due to COVID-19

¡Lea este artículo en Español aquí! Europe has become the epicenter for COVID-19, the respiratory disease sweeping the world and completely uprooting established ways of life in early 2020. In full panic mode and racing to contain the outbreak, most countries have imposed harsh restrictions on movement both within their borders and across them. The…