Boris Johnson Pushes Unreason to an Extreme

Sep 16, 2020

The Guardian offered its readers what is certainly the most comic and hyperreal sentence of the week when it reported that “Boris Johnson accused the EU of preparing to go to ‘extreme and unreasonable lengths’ in Brexit talks as he defended breaching international law amid a mounting...

Nord Stream 2: Leverage Against Russia?

Nord Stream 2: Leverage Against Russia?

Failing to Protect the Independence of the European Commission
Sep 14, 2020

Failing to Protect the Independence of the European Commission

How Alexei Navalny Created Russia’s Main Opposition Platform
Sep 11, 2020

How Alexei Navalny Created Russia’s Main Opposition Platform

The Mechanics of Discontent Visible in Berlin

The Mechanics of Discontent Visible in Berlin

Sep 11, 2020

The vacuum of leadership and the visible missteps throughout much of the Western world have turned developed nations into a fertile ground for what some people see as the resurgence of modern versions of fascism. Until the past few months, such a statement would have sounded provocative at best,...

Did a French Far-Right Thinker Predict 2020?

Did a French Far-Right Thinker Predict 2020?

Sep 10, 2020

The year 2020 has thrown the world into disarray, with a severe pandemic creating many unforeseen challenges. The COVID-19 plague has so far infected nearly 30 million people worldwide, with the death toll climbing toward a million. With rising unemployment and sector-specific industry...

The Tangled Maps of Greece and Turkey

The Tangled Maps of Greece and Turkey

Sep 07, 2020

A person sitting at a café in the small town of Kaş, on Turkey’s southern coast, where the Taurus Mountains drop precipitously into the Mediterranean, would look out upon a blue bay and a small island. If they asked the waiter, he would tell them that the island — almost unbelievably — is...

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...

No Credible Alternative to the US Grand Strategy in Europe

No Credible Alternative to the US Grand Strategy in Europe

Sep 04, 2020

Never in the last 75 years has the US-led liberal order in Europe been intellectually more contested. Some in the United States, especially among realist and neorealist scholars, disapprove of what is commonly referred to as the West-centric institutional and rules-based order. They generally...

Discovery of Natural Gas Exposes Turkey’s Political Rifts

Discovery of Natural Gas Exposes Turkey’s Political Rifts

Sep 01, 2020

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s announcement on August 21 that Turkey had discovered some 320 billion cubic meters of natural gas in the Black Sea has exposed the acutely divided domestic political environment in the country. Whereas the pro-Erdogan camp hailed the development as an...

Could COVID-19 Bring Down Autocrats?

Could COVID-19 Bring Down Autocrats?

Aug 28, 2020

The outbreak of COVID-19 initially looked like a gift to autocrats around the world. What better pretext for a state of emergency than a pandemic? It was a golden opportunity to close borders, suppress civil society and issue decrees left and right (mostly right). Donald Trump in the United...

For Yemen, No Consistent EU Policy in Sight

For Yemen, No Consistent EU Policy in Sight

Aug 28, 2020

The European Union and its member states have presented an approach to the ongoing conflict in Yemen that has lacked both coordination and coherence. The situation in Yemen, which was the poorest Arab country already before the eruption of a civil war in 2014, has been described by the Secretary...

The Infiltration of Law Enforcement by Racist Extremists

The Infiltration of Law Enforcement by Racist Extremists

Aug 27, 2020

As protests continue to bring cities across the United States to a standstill, the problem of racist policing is more evident than ever before. The killing of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department was the latest in a long line of violent assaults on people of color by law...

Britain Fails Its Exams

Britain Fails Its Exams

Aug 27, 2020

The Advanced Level Certificate (A-level), together with the General Certificate of Education (GCSE), is one of two sets of exams students across England, Wales and Northern Ireland (Scotland has its own system) sit in the summer. The GCSE is a ticket to spending two years studying for A-levels,...

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