Assessing the Potential of Austria’s New Government Coalition

After Austria’s government collapsed in May 2019, Austrian chancellor and leader of the conservative party ÖVP Sebastian Kurz was voted back into office in a snap election only 4 months later. Having previously formed a coalition with the country’s far-right wing party FPÖ, Kurz is now teaming up with the green party to form a new government ...

Associated Risks of the Libyan Civil War

On January 8, 2020, Russia and Turkey released a joint statement advocating for a ceasefire in Libya, where conflict continues between the UN-backed Government of National Accord and the Libyan National Army. The following day, however, the leader of the LNA, Khalifa Haftar, rejected the ceasefire and ...

Insurance and Economic Costs of Australia’s Bushfires

Since November 2019, sweeping bushfires have been ravaging Australia’s coastlines in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, and Southern Australia. Relief from the catastrophic fires is likely not imminent, as summer temperatures in Australia peak in January and February, increasing the risk of heatwaves, droughts, and bushfires. News reports state that ...

The Risks and Opportunities of Offshore Wind Energy

In a world facing an ever-increasing demand for energy and a rising sense of urgency around environmental concerns, a growing number of countries are turning to offshore wind energy to address these challenges. While offshore wind energy presents substantial opportunities, this method of energy generation also presents several risks ...

Fintech and the Digitalization of Austria’s Banking Sector

Austria may have a relatively small fintech industry, but the Austrian government is making efforts...

Solar Energy in Japan: Innovations and Policy Outlook

The effects of climate change have led governments around the world to increase the share of...