Athletes Shake Up Sports Governance

Apr 14, 2021

Sports governance worldwide has had its legs knocked out from under it. Yet national and international sports administrators are slow in realizing the magnitude of what has hit them. Tectonic plates underlying the guiding principle that sports and politics are unrelated have shifted, driven by a...

The Risk of a No-Deal Brexit Remains
Apr 09, 2021

The Risk of a No-Deal Brexit Remains

What Lies Behind Turkey’s Withdrawal From the Istanbul Convention?
Apr 06, 2021

What Lies Behind Turkey’s Withdrawal From the Istanbul Convention?

It’s Time to Act, Not React, on North Korea
Mar 30, 2021

It’s Time to Act, Not React, on North Korea

Turkey Doubles Down on Hard Power

Turkey Doubles Down on Hard Power

Mar 30, 2021

A few years ago, the very notion of Turkish foreign military interventions would have seemed extraordinary. The Turkish republic has been, for most of its history, determinedly introspective. Until the 20th century, it was largely disengaged from its immediate neighborhood, favoring ties with the...

Will Multilateralism Be Great Again?

Will Multilateralism Be Great Again?

Mar 29, 2021

A few weeks ago, six eminent world leaders — including UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Angela Merkel — called for the revitalization of multilateral cooperation. They reminded us of the UN Millennium...

The Missing Pieces to Avoid a Climate Disaster

The Missing Pieces to Avoid a Climate Disaster

Mar 25, 2021

After stepping down as Microsoft CEO in 2000, Bill Gates gradually shifted his focus to the operations of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which set out to improve global health and development, as well as education in the US. Partially through his role with the foundation, Gates came to...

The Quantum Age Will Require a Quantum Generation

The Quantum Age Will Require a Quantum Generation

Mar 23, 2021

Past the glow of the Shanghai evening, a single red beam threads its way into the silent stratosphere. It is a laser originating from a laboratory whose machinery few can operate or explain. The laser is meant to bounce off a distant satellite before returning for the purpose of encrypting an...

Why the US Return to the WHO Matters

Why the US Return to the WHO Matters

Mar 18, 2021

In compliance with major statements made repeatedly during his electoral campaign, US President Joe Biden, on his first day in office on January 20, signed two important executive orders — among 15 others, a record number — signaling the United States’ return to the international arena, to...

What Meghan Markle Failed to Understand About the British Monarchy

What Meghan Markle Failed to Understand About the British Monarchy

Mar 16, 2021

“We are very much not a racist family,” shouted back Prince William at the reporter. The journalist had asked the wrong question. The right question would have been, “Is your family class conscious?” The reply to that would have been silence. When Meghan Markle, the duchess of Sussex...

Guillaume Faye, the “Golden One” and the Metapolitical Legion

Guillaume Faye, the “Golden One” and the Metapolitical Legion

Mar 12, 2021

March 7 marked two years since the death of Guillaume Faye, the former number two of the French nouvelle droite (new right). His death wasn’t big news in the media. In academic research, Faye exists mostly in the shadows of the so-called number one of the new right, Alain de Benoist. This...

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...

American Democracy: We Have Misread the Signs of the Coming Storm

American Democracy: We Have Misread the Signs of the Coming Storm

Feb 11, 2021

The January 6 storming of the US Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump in an attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election has left many of us pondering the future of democracy in the United States. The symbol of American democracy withstood the onslaught this time, but the...

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