Why We Don’t Understand Radicalization

September 27, 2017

Our present explanations of the radicalized, self-sacrificial defiance of many young Muslims are at best partial and, at worst, misleading. Born in Derby, her mother a local woman, her father a painter and decorator from Lahore, Pakistan, she has what seems to everyone who knows her an ordinary...

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...

Article 50 Triggered: Here’s What Happens Now

March 29, 2017

Triggering Article 50 sets the clock running for the Brexit negotiations. It is the start of an unprecedentedly challenging period. Now that Theresa May, the British prime minister, has triggered Article 50, the process of formally negotiating Brexit can begin. Here’s what to expect in the next...

Living With Terrorism: The New Normal

March 23, 2017

With terrorist attacks becoming ever more commonplace, what exactly do they achieve? I became aware of the situation unfolding on the busy streets outside Westminster today curtesy of a message I received on my phone as I left a briefing: It simply said, “Hope you are safe.” I knew...

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...

Is Europe Headed for a “Lexit”?

February 02, 2017

For leftist critics of the EU, reform looks unlikely—but aligning with right-wing Euroskeptics looks worse. Maybe there's a third option. When European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker addressed the European Parliament in Strasbourg this past September, he told them the organization...

False Perceptions of Muslims in the Age of Trump

February 01, 2017

The power of the online world must not be underestimated, particularly when examining how Muslims are viewed. Muslims living and working in the United States are being forced to reconsider their futures in light of Donald Trump’s Muslim ban. Citizens of seven Muslim-majority...