What Will Be Left of Great Britain?

December 23, 2019

As the shock of the UK general election fades, many questions will take time to be answered. Not that the reelection of the Conservative Party led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson was a shock, but the size of his majority in Parliament was one that no Labour Party strategist had foreseen....

Will Boris Johnson Be the New Face of Britain?

July 17, 2019

Boris Johnson, the former UK foreign secretary who is expected to replace Prime Minister Theresa May, earned his right to reign over the presumably final act of Brexit by becoming a media superstar. Adept at multiple roles to keep his audience entertained, in a recent performance he even donned the...

What Does Brexit Mean for the Gulf?

July 20, 2017

The implications of Brexit will not be confined to the national stage. In June 2016, the British people voted to exit the European Union — a momentous choice that took the political establishment by almost complete surprise and which continues to reverberate through British politics. For a...

Will History Repeat Itself for the Conservatives?

June 27, 2017

Might 2017 see a repetition of the historical splits in the Conservative Party? As the many consequences of the June 8 election work through, the United Kingdom is edging closer to a rare historical occurrence already celebrated twice before: a formal split in the (still just about) ruling...

Brexit Gets Underway in Divided Britain

June 23, 2017

Despite the tough talk in the Queen’s Speech, the UK’s position at the Brexit negotiating table has been weakened. If the results of the British general election revived hope of mitigating Brexit, the long-awaited Queen’s Speech in Parliament has seemingly put all that to bed. In the...

The Morning After the Night Before

June 09, 2017

In Britain, the smack in the face the Tories have received confirms that the people have had enough. This is the morning after the night before. It wasn’t quite the tsunami but a huge wave has just swept over British politics. It is also possible that there will be long-term impacts because of...

For Britain, Only Certainty is Uncertainty

June 01, 2017

The consequences for the balance of power in British politics will not be settled on June 8. In the boisterous brouhaha of a general election with a very short campaigning period, if there is a unifying characteristic, it is its oddness. The oddness was present from the declaration of the...

How to Reinvent the European Left

May 29, 2017

Europeans want to upend politics as usual and the far right is still rising. If the left doesn’t come up with an unusual politics of its own, it will be upended as well. The last thing Europe needs right now is advice from Americans, particularly American progressives. After all, we failed to...

The World This Week: High Court Throws a Googly at Brexit

November 06, 2016

Brexit was always going to be tricky, but the High Court has made it trickier with a judgment that forces the British Parliament to decide on the issue. Just when the pound was plummeting and Brexit was in the air, the wise judges of the High Court threw a googly at British Prime Minister...

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