Getting an Education in the Age of COVID-19

Sep 25, 2020

In a matter of months, the novel coronavirus has swept across the globe and entirely up-ended our understanding of normality. Now, as the virus continues to rage and signs of a second surge are emerging even before the first has ended, we’re rethinking everything we’d assumed and hoped for at...

Buzzfeed Reveals a Banking Virus That Could Become a Pandemic
Sep 23, 2020

Buzzfeed Reveals a Banking Virus That Could Become a Pandemic

QAnon: A Conspiracy for Our Time
Sep 22, 2020

QAnon: A Conspiracy for Our Time

Is Switzerland’s Air2030 Program the Right Choice for the Country?
Sep 22, 2020

Is Switzerland’s Air2030 Program the Right Choice for the Country?

Spain’s Monarchy Is at a Crossroads Amid Corruption Scandal

Spain’s Monarchy Is at a Crossroads Amid Corruption Scandal

Sep 21, 2020

The former king of Spain, Juan Carlos de Bourbon, is facing growing allegations of corruption from Spanish public prosecutors. The current scandal will have an unprecedented impact on the future of the Spanish monarchy, an opaque institution that has been for many years shielded from public...

COVID-19 Drives Conspiracy Theories and Islamophobia

COVID-19 Drives Conspiracy Theories and Islamophobia

Sep 18, 2020

For the past decade, I have been researching the impact of Islamophobia on social media. After the outbreak of COVID-19, I was commissioned, alongside my colleague Roxana Khan Williams, by the chair and independent members of the Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group to produce an evidenced-based...

Boris Johnson Pushes Unreason to an Extreme

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?

Following the poisoning of the Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny with a nerve agent from the Novichok group, the possibility of using Nord Stream 2 to put pressure on Russia has been widely discussed. Specifically, there are calls to abandon the project, to impose a moratorium or to...

Failing to Protect the Independence of the European Commission

Failing to Protect the Independence of the European Commission

Sep 14, 2020

I have always believed that the independence of members of the European Commission (EC) was a keystone of successful European integration. Commissioners are obliged by their oath of office to seek a European solution to problems, rather than just seek a balance between conflicting national...

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...

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...

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