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...

Can the British Army Modernize Under Pressure?
Mar 03, 2021

Can the British Army Modernize Under Pressure?

The Italian Far Right’s Long-Term Investment
Mar 01, 2021

The Italian Far Right’s Long-Term Investment

Georgia’s Democracy Is on the Brink of Chaos
Feb 26, 2021

Georgia’s Democracy Is on the Brink of Chaos

Fascism and Peace: Incompatible or Inseparable?

Fascism and Peace: Incompatible or Inseparable?

Feb 25, 2021

For Benito Mussolini, life was an eternal struggle. Shaped by a social Darwinist worldview and following Georges Sorel’s philosophy of the virtue of violence, Il Duce (the leader), as Mussolini was known, regarded war as men’s essential purpose in life. It was through war that he intended to...

Alternative for Germany Is Failing to Keep Up

Alternative for Germany Is Failing to Keep Up

Feb 23, 2021

If not for the familiar awkwardness of social distancing rules, the scene at the digital party conference of Germany's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) would have been fit for a daytime game show. With the theme from “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” playing in the background and the CDU's...

The Italian Job: Can Mario Draghi Master It?

The Italian Job: Can Mario Draghi Master It?

Feb 19, 2021

A political crisis was the last thing Italy needed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet a personal conflict between the leader of Italia Viva, Matteo Renzi, and the previous prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, led to the collapse of the coalition in mid-January. President Sergio Mattarella then...

Germany’s Greens Are Within Earshot of Power

Germany’s Greens Are Within Earshot of Power

Feb 18, 2021

In 1983, long-haired MPs wearing knitted sweaters and carrying flowers entered Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag. These obscure and humble beginnings of the Greens as an anti-establishment party are long gone from the German political scene. From 1998 to 2005, the party formed a governing...

Will Britain Become Scot-Free?

Will Britain Become Scot-Free?

Feb 17, 2021

Among the consequences of Boris Johnson’s greatest accomplishment, Brexit, the question looms of the possible imminent fracturing of the union of nations known as the United Kingdom. The act of shattering one union — the EU — may have launched a trend.  As the second most important...

The Storming of the US Capitol Through Identitarian Eyes

The Storming of the US Capitol Through Identitarian Eyes

Feb 16, 2021

As history unfolded before those refreshing their Twitter feeds and watching live TV, attempts to define the storming of the US Capitol in Washington, DC, immediately emerged, including those by the radical right. Among the various radical-right voices that tried to frame the event, evaluations...

Is Turkey’s Ruling Alliance on the Attack or the Defensive?

Is Turkey’s Ruling Alliance on the Attack or the Defensive?

Feb 16, 2021

Since January 4, Istanbul’s prestigious and politically liberal Bogazici University has been gripped by student unrest. The protests were initially provoked by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s decision to appoint a member of his Justice and Development Party (AKP) as rector. The...

Beating Back the Far Right

Beating Back the Far Right

Feb 15, 2021

After four years of shock, confusion and paralysis, the United States is finally taking action against the far right. Perhaps most dramatic has been the de-platforming of Donald Trump: the suspension of his Twitter and Facebook accounts and the targeting of his prominent followers across social...

Russia Joins the Red Sea Scramble

Russia Joins the Red Sea Scramble

Feb 09, 2021

Russia has come back to the crowded Red Sea. On November 11, 2020, the Russian government announced its agreement with Sudan to establish a naval base at the city of Port Sudan. While the Russian navy already enjoys access rights to the port, the concession with Khartoum envisages the creation of...

When Auschwitz Loses Its Meaning

When Auschwitz Loses Its Meaning

Feb 05, 2021

Andy Warhol is credited for the bon mot that in the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes. Robert Keith Packer would probably agree. A nobody from Virginia, Packer made international news for the sweatshirt he wore during the recent assault on the US Capitol. Sweatshirts bear all...

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