Macron Enriches French Vocabulary and Impoverishes Political Thought

Mar 03, 2021

France appears to be living through a strange transitional period that could be described as the waning of the Fifth Republic. It contains no sense of what a sixth republic might look like or why it might even be necessary. But today’s republic, with its unique electoral system, has achieved a...

Alternative for Germany Is Failing to Keep Up
Feb 23, 2021

Alternative for Germany Is Failing to Keep Up

Angela Merkel: A Retrospective
Jan 21, 2021

Angela Merkel: A Retrospective

Amidst the Pandemic, Central and Eastern Europe Witnesses an Erosion of Democracy
Dec 10, 2020

Amidst the Pandemic, Central and Eastern Europe Witnesses an Erosion of Democracy

Did Emmanuel Macron Have It Coming?

Did Emmanuel Macron Have It Coming?

Dec 07, 2020

After watching the video of a street battle raging directly below the Paris apartment I once occupied at a time when François Mitterand was president, I turned to The New York Times’ editorial board’s response to President Emmanuel Macron’s accusation that The Times and other...

The Rapid Growth of Emmanuel Macron’s Authoritarianism

The Rapid Growth of Emmanuel Macron’s Authoritarianism

Nov 25, 2020

In early October, French President Emmanuel Macron, as a preparation for the 2022 election, made the decision to mount a campaign blaming France’s Muslims for their failure to embrace the country’s increasingly dogmatic “Republican culture.” To counter Marine Le Pen’s anti-immigration...

Macron’s Problem With the News in English

Macron's Problem With the News in English

Nov 17, 2020

At some moment in the recent past, French President Emmanuel Macron assigned himself the mission to single-handedly reform Islam and imbue it with the Enlightenment values that made it possible for a lowly Rothschild banker to rise up to become the democratically elected pseudo-monarch of...

What Is Behind the Rise of Islamophobia in France?

What Is Behind the Rise of Islamophobia in France?

Nov 05, 2020

On October 29, the French Ministry of Interior sent out a message on social media warning of “Violent radicalization, Islamism ... If you have any doubts about someone you know, contact the toll-free number.” The situation in France has exploded into what is now increasingly reminiscent...

Emmanuel Macron Defends His Crusade

Emmanuel Macron Defends His Crusade

Nov 02, 2020

Throughout the month of October, French President Emmanuel Macron projected himself into the global news cycle as the leader of a new crusade launched ostensibly to bring Islam into conformity with French Enlightenment ideals. In reality, his campaign is aimed at bolstering his chances of winning...

Belarus: Is There a Way Out of the Crisis?

Belarus: Is There a Way Out of the Crisis?

Sep 29, 2020

Belarus is politically deadlocked. The peaceful movement protesting against veteran ruler Alexander Lukashenko and the manipulation of the presidential election on August 9 is too strong for the state to simply suppress it by force. As long as the political leadership continues to respond with...

How Alexei Navalny Created Russia’s Main Opposition Platform

How Alexei Navalny Created Russia’s Main Opposition Platform

Sep 11, 2020

On September 2, German authorities stated that Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny had been poisoned with a nerve agent from the Novichok group. Since August 22, Navalny has been treated at the Charité university hospital in Berlin, where he was transported from Russia in an induced...

What Can the Gulf States Learn from the Belarus Crisis?

What Can the Gulf States Learn from the Belarus Crisis?

Sep 07, 2020

It might come as a surprise that the Gulf states have more than a passing interest in events in Belarus. Beyond growing economic ties, the political drama provides valuable lessons for the region’s monarchies and their efforts to maintain standards of living for their citizens without...

Russia’s Denials of Navalny’s Poisoning Fall on Deaf Ears

Russia’s Denials of Navalny’s Poisoning Fall on Deaf Ears

Aug 28, 2020

The Russian government has said it will not investigate the poisoning of the opposition politician and anti-corruption investigator Alexei Navalny until there is evidence of a crime. Navalny, who is 44, collapsed during a flight to Moscow after drinking a cup of tea at Tomsk airport on August 20....

How Russia Views the Election Aftermath in Belarus

How Russia Views the Election Aftermath in Belarus

Aug 18, 2020

In Moscow, all eyes are on Belarus. Russia and Belarus are intimately connected, so political actors in Russia feel an immediate connection with developments there. In formal terms, the two countries form a “union state” and an economic and defense community. Belarus is Moscow’s closest...

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