Global Trend: New and Social Media – instruments of utopian desires or enhanced empowerment?
How do authoritarian regimes react facing the omnipresence and common use of new media? Are new and social media a real “tool for societal change” or just another “opiate for the masses?” And how can digital communication be exploited in terms of social innovation and policy-making processes? In the face of the conflict in Ukraine, the events of the “Arab Spring” and protests in Venezuela we decided to measure the connections on the axis: new media – new social movements – and the modes of awareness they create. In this Global Trends we have chosen to highlight a few dimensions of these recent events and confront them with a closer look through the most popular theories related with new media and new social movements.
Regional issue: Regional Issues: Regional Integration in Africa: internal and external actors
Having past the first decade of the 21st century we are witnesses to a new emerging global perspective on Africa. Despite the continued poverty and ongoing conflicts (fueled by outside forces) in some parts, Africa is increasingly portrayed as “the new emerging market.” Not only for resources but also for its labor force. As the continent becomes the new focus of the global economy we will analyze how African states prepare for this renewed attention. Who are the drivers of such trends within and outside Africa? And how do African institutions respond to the growing need of cooperation?