The Modern Racism of the Post-Soviet States

Aug 21, 2019

It should be recognized that there is a significant difference between European and post-Soviet right-wing radicalism. The difference between these two strands of radicalism is that the post-Soviet radicals are a large systemic element in the political structure in many countries of the former...

Understanding Digital Hate Culture
Aug 14, 2019

Understanding Digital Hate Culture

The World Without American Leadership
Aug 14, 2019

The World Without American Leadership

Giving Away Equity to Create a More Equitable Society
Aug 12, 2019

Giving Away Equity to Create a More Equitable Society

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...

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...

Is the World Undergoing a Deep Populist Transition?

Is the World Undergoing a Deep Populist Transition?

Jul 25, 2019

In academia, we seem to have a fondness for the trope of the “wave” and “wave theory.” Samuel Huntington gave us the waves of democratization — a process of global, though asymmetrical, shift from authoritarian and oligarchic to democratic forms of government and state institutions....

Boris Johnson: Bumbling Buffoon, Pied Piper or Churchillian Statesman?

Boris Johnson: Bumbling Buffoon, Pied Piper or Churchillian Statesman?

Jul 24, 2019

The history of England and indeed the United Kingdom can be summed up as a ding-dong battle between cavaliers and roundheads. Like Gordon Brown, Theresa May is a roundhead. Both are children of men of the church. They work hard, find it hard to delegate and are not exactly the life of the party....

Convictions Are Not Central to Boris Johnson’s Brand

Convictions Are Not Central to Boris Johnson’s Brand

Jul 23, 2019

The United Kingdom, or at least the majority of the 160,000 Conservative Party voters who preferred him to Jeremy Hunt, prepares to welcome Boris Johnson as its shiny new prime minister, ready to tackle Britain's monumental problems. Sarah Lyall in The New York Times reminds her Americans readers...

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