Gulliver Survived a Shipwreck, But Boris Fears Drowning

Sep 17, 2019

The Brexit spectacle increasingly appears to have been conceived in the spirit of traditional British holiday pantomime. It has become the longest-running, comically-absurd cliffhanger in European political history, now starring a lone hyperreal hero, Boris Johnson, a man who has far more...

Brexit Shuts Down Parliament
Sep 10, 2019

Brexit Shuts Down Parliament

Trump, Boris and Bolsonaro Are Burning Down the House
Sep 06, 2019

Trump, Boris and Bolsonaro Are Burning Down the House

The World Without American Leadership
Aug 14, 2019

The World Without American Leadership

The Rise (and End) of the Blond Bombshells

The Rise (and End) of the Blond Bombshells

Jul 31, 2019

We have in our midst two political leaders who possess remarkably similar characteristics. This is not just in their demeanor, but also in how they share a political perspective on the world, and what it means for global politics as populism remains on the rise and division and discord are sewn as...

When Free Speech Becomes Hate Speech

When Free Speech Becomes Hate Speech

Jul 30, 2019

As the recent furor surrounding British comedian Jo Brand’s comments on the BBC Radio 4 Heresy program attest, there is very little clarity about what does — and, importantly, what does not — constitute hate speech. In what was clearly a joke, Brand asked why anyone would bother throwing a...

Johnson Can Bring the Country Down With Him in One Final Fail

Johnson Can Bring the Country Down With Him in One Final Fail

Jul 26, 2019

All eyes are focused these days on Boris Johnson, the new prime minister of the United Kingdom.  But that’s not the most important news this month out of Britain. The Labor Party has finally come around to opposing the country’s exit from the European Union, though it’s possibly a case of...

Is the World Undergoing a Deep Populist Transition?

Is the World Undergoing a Deep Populist Transition?

Jul 25, 2019

In academia, we seem to have a fondness for the trope of the “wave” and “wave theory.” Samuel Huntington gave us the waves of democratization — a process of global, though asymmetrical, shift from authoritarian and oligarchic to democratic forms of government and state institutions....

Boris Johnson: Bumbling Buffoon, Pied Piper or Churchillian Statesman?

Boris Johnson: Bumbling Buffoon, Pied Piper or Churchillian Statesman?

Jul 24, 2019

The history of England and indeed the United Kingdom can be summed up as a ding-dong battle between cavaliers and roundheads. Like Gordon Brown, Theresa May is a roundhead. Both are children of men of the church. They work hard, find it hard to delegate and are not exactly the life of the party....

Convictions Are Not Central to Boris Johnson’s Brand

Convictions Are Not Central to Boris Johnson’s Brand

Jul 23, 2019

The United Kingdom, or at least the majority of the 160,000 Conservative Party voters who preferred him to Jeremy Hunt, prepares to welcome Boris Johnson as its shiny new prime minister, ready to tackle Britain's monumental problems. Sarah Lyall in The New York Times reminds her Americans readers...

Britain’s Long Shadow Over Ireland

Britain’s Long Shadow Over Ireland

Jul 18, 2019

The Republic of Ireland has been an enthusiastic member of the European Union since 1973, having both gained and given so much from being part of the EU. In the toxic mayhem of Brexit Britain, one question is perhaps more confounding than most, namely how did the Irish backstop issue emerge as a...

Will Boris Johnson Be the New Face of Britain?

Will Boris Johnson Be the New Face of Britain?

Jul 17, 2019

Boris Johnson, the former UK foreign secretary who is expected to replace Prime Minister Theresa May, earned his right to reign over the presumably final act of Brexit by becoming a media superstar. Adept at multiple roles to keep his audience entertained, in a recent performance he even donned the...

Trump Attempts to Get a Handle on Brexit’s Timing

Trump Attempts to Get a Handle on Brexit’s Timing

Jun 07, 2019

As Theresa May’s resignation becomes official, Donald Trump encourages her to “stick around” for a “great” trade deal. US President Donald Trump, like the pussycat in the nursery rhyme, has “been to London to visit the queen.” He even visited another female leader who, under normal...

The Populist Radical Right Is an Electoral Threat That Is Here to Stay

The Populist Radical Right Is an Electoral Threat That Is Here to Stay

Jun 04, 2019

In the 2019 European Parliament elections, populist radical-right parties have further increased their vote shares. Academic scholarship and media coverage of the populist radical right has expanded considerably in the past few years, due to its rising prominence in global politics. In the 2019...

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