Do the Dutch Have a Solution to UK Prison Reform?

March 21, 2017

To some, the lives of inmates in the Netherlands may not look like punishment, but the Dutch say it works. The Netherlands used to have one of the highest imprisonment rates in Western Europe, but jail was expensive and ineffective in preventing reoffending. So the authorities looked for...

Exaggerating the Nuclear Threat

March 15, 2017

The understandable fear of nuclear weapons doesn’t match reality. Nuclear weapons are unambiguously the most destructive on the planet. Pound for pound, they are the most lethal weapons ever created, capable of killing millions. Millions live in fear that these weapons will be used again, with...

How Much Does Britain Know About its Empire?

March 13, 2017

Britain’s colonial past is often whitewashed in the name of progress. But the truth is a lot more dark. There is a prevalent idea—and not only in the United Kingdom—that the British Empire was a force for good. Somehow, in stark contrast to the well-known barbarity of the German or...

MLK Day: Do Not Despair, Act

January 16, 2017

America’s accomplishments on the road to equality should not make us complacent, says Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Just a few weeks after the historic March on Washington, which was led by Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963, saw nearly 200,000 people descend on the US capital to demand racial...

Assimilation in America is Not Black and White

January 02, 2017

The notion of “assimilation” itself may be the source of the struggle, as Americans confront the assimilation of immigrants into their communities, whether they arrive legally or illegally. After spending almost four years arriving at the conclusion that an unprincipled, ignorant,...

Donald Trump’s Madman Theory

December 02, 2016

Without exception, Trump's foreign policy picks are members of the far right: aggressive, Islamophobic and contemptuous of diplomacy. Shortly after taking office in 1969, President Richard Nixon devised his “madman theory.” It was the height of the Vietnam War, and Nixon believed that he could...

Politics, Media and Ethics: A Troublesome Trio

November 29, 2016

With the decay of codes of media ethics we need to be smarter than ever when choosing information we are willing to trust. Donald Trump’s no-holds-barred electoral campaign, punctuated by pyrotechnic rally performances, used the media to generate waves of shock, ridicule and admiration...

The Myth of Anarchy in the Age of Trumpism

November 18, 2016

While the age of conventional wars may be over, the real tragedy emerges in streets every day. One of the most prominent arguments in the field of international relations is that the international system is anarchic and chaotic. According to this fundamental premise, unlike domestic politics...

Tunisia Has New Leaders, But Old Challenges

September 23, 2016

The US presidential campaign debate on Middle East policy has focused disproportionately on the response to the Islamic State. This series instead focuses on five alternative Middle East policy challenges facing the next president. In this second part, Ryan J. Suto discusses the economic and...

Apple Tax Case and Investment in Europe

September 18, 2016

Is the Apple decision good for investment in Europe? The European Commission (EC) decision that Ireland must collect €13 billion in back taxes from Apple has created quite a sensation. Most people agree that multinational companies can, and should, pay more tax. That general goal of the EC is...

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