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Voice of civil society in the debate „Conference on the future of Europe”
The Global Gateway: A Fresh Start, or New Management?
Attempting to break new ground, China implemented its One Belt One Road Strategy in late 2013. Later renamed The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the massive infrastructure plan sought to physically connect major industrial hubs in China to the European market with train tracks, as well as through various other sea and air pathways. Naturally, it was lauded by many at the time as a bold, revolutionary, and tenacious plan that could potentially improve all parties involved. This strategy by China was quickly embraced globally and to-date has brought about multiple different infrastructure projects in multiple different countries across the globe. However, much of the applause for the project came before the actuality of the project came to light. Critics point out that the entire project has essentially become a form of debt-trapping diplomacy by the Chinese Communist Party in their efforts to expand their superpower status, or perhaps even drive towards hegemony.
The Russian-Ukrainian War: A PMCS and Logistical Nightmare
Quite often attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte himself, the idiom “An army marches on its stomach,” has been time-honored within the military realm. It essentially means that soldiers cannot soldier without food and can be further extrapolated to include other logistical necessities such as fuel, ammo, water, and, just as important, toiletries. No soldier wants to be unbathed for weeks on end, despite how often it does happen. From this thought, attention becomes the current war in Ukraine between Russian attacking forces and Ukrainian defending forces. It is important to make this distinction because it is much more difficult to win a battle as an attacker than it is to win as a defender. Questions surrounding the war quite often pertain to the humanitarian aspect of the war, but I would like to draw attention to the militaristic side of things. My question is, quite simply, “How on Earth is Russia taking this long?”