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Multiple Challenges for Transatlantic Partnerships
The document reflects the international conference Multiple Challenges for Transatlantic Partnerships, which discussed the partnership from economic, political and security perspectives. The conference was attended by European Parliament Vice-President Dita Charanzová, ALDE Vice-President and Ukrainian MP Kira Rudyk, Nobel Prize winner Oleksandra Matviichuk and other prominent speakers.
Sportwashing in the Gulf
The FIFA World Cup in Qatar has highlighted the phenomenon of sportswashing and the problems that are associated with it. Upon winning the bid to host the competition in 2010, there have been continual critiques of the country’s human rights records, treatment of journalists, and the persecution of homosexuality. It has shown that more must be done to stop sportswashing in the future.
FIFA and other international sporting organisations are operating without any oversight or regulations, allowing them to centralise power with a small number of people. Governments must pressure these organisations to not allow this form of soft power projection from states looking to cover up their human rights abuses.
As Sanctions Build, Russian Elites Back Putin
The ongoing war in Ukraine has revealed a straining relationship between Russia’s elites and Vladimir Putin. Confusion over Putin’s unilateral invasion combined with economic and political trouble caused by sanctions has caused apprehension in elite ranks to build up on multiple fronts, with numerous elites in business and politics calling for an end to the war. Liberals and business oligarchs are feeling pressure as the Russian economy and foreign relations are set back decades by sanctions imposed by the west, and many have had their personal assets around the world frozen or seized. While economic controls and energy sales hold the ruble stable for now, long term economic growth has been crippled. On the other side, hardliners in the Russian government have criticized the president for not being aggressive enough in Ukraine and are frustrated by stalling progress. Operating between these groups with few advisors left who can reach his ear, Putin has done little to quell the worries of Russia’s elite, instead expecting elites to figure out solutions themselves. However, hopes that rising elite tension with the president could lead to elites forcing Putin to cease hostilities or even ousting the president from power are more or less impossible.