An Election Brings Abkhazia Back into Focus

Aug 23, 2019

The disputed existence of the breakaway republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia has come into focus again in the context of the ongoing diplomatic dispute between Russia and Georgia and the August anniversary of the 2008 Russo-Georgian War. Abkhazia remains at the heart of discussions because...

The Modern Racism of the Post-Soviet States
Aug 21, 2019

The Modern Racism of the Post-Soviet States

A Healthy Police Force Is a Sign of a Healthy Democracy
Aug 15, 2019

A Healthy Police Force Is a Sign of a Healthy Democracy

Understanding Digital Hate Culture
Aug 14, 2019

Understanding Digital Hate Culture

The World Without American Leadership

The World Without American Leadership

Aug 14, 2019

People around the world, including Americans, have argued that the world can get along without US leadership. Today, they may want to scan the global landscape. While acute crises and violent conflict may not seem imminent at the moment, the view isn’t a hopeful one. For Americans, naively...

Giving Away Equity to Create a More Equitable Society

Giving Away Equity to Create a More Equitable Society

Aug 12, 2019

“Adam und Evelyn,” a bittersweet German love story in the summer of 1989, captures both the promise and the peril of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Adam and Evelyn are an East German couple. Evelyn yearns to flee to the West. Adam is happy behind the Iron Curtain as a dressmaker. She leaves and...

Are Russia and NATO Getting Ready for a New Euromissile Crisis?

Are Russia and NATO Getting Ready for a New Euromissile Crisis?

Aug 08, 2019

When it was ratified in 1987, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) eliminated a category of weapons that was a major threat to Europe. One must remember how much of a step forward this event was during the Cold War. In the early 1980s, Europe was vulnerable to military...

American Liberals, Beware of Your Enchantment With Sweden

American Liberals, Beware of Your Enchantment With Sweden

Aug 02, 2019

For most Western Europeans, Sweden is nothing exceptional — a relatively small country, in terms of population, on the periphery of the continent. In the 1960s and 70s, Sweden was notorious for its sexual permissiveness. In Germany, for instance, in the 1970s, “erotic” movies had instant...

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...

Why Boris Johnson Isn’t “Charismatic”

Why Boris Johnson Isn’t “Charismatic”

Jul 30, 2019

Analyzing the character of Britain’s new prime minister, Atul Singh, in a delightful Fair Observer article that can only be described as “fair and balanced” in ways that Fox News has never attempted, calls Boris Johnson “the most charismatic politician of his generation.” Given...

Romance Novels Are a Weapon Against Misogyny

Romance Novels Are a Weapon Against Misogyny

Jul 26, 2019

Contemporary romance novels are big business, and they empower women in a number of ways. In the United States alone, romance novels account for about one third of the fiction market, about the same as mystery and fantasies combined. The vast majority of romance writers are women, and so are their...

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...

Will Boris Johnson Break Free of the Lilliputians?

Will Boris Johnson Break Free of the Lilliputians?

Jul 25, 2019

Elected by the Conservative Party as everyone predicted to replace Theresa May as the UK’s prime minister, Boris Johnson’s victory speech reveals as much as it conceals about the future of Britain. Above all, it reveals much of what we already knew about what we might call Johnson’s “speech...

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