Translating the Informal into the Formal
George Joffé
Translating the Informal into the Formal 15th February 2017

Using the case of Israel and the PLO, George Joffé explores the importance of empathy to any negotiating process. This...

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In Anticipation of the Next Cycle of Arab Revolutions
Azzam Tamimi
In Anticipation of the Next Cycle of Arab Revolutions 3rd February 2017

Azzam Tamimi explores the likely implications of the Arab Springs' counter-revolutions. This is a chapter in the E-...

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How to be True to Yourself and still Unite your People – via Twitter
Danny Quah
How to be True to Yourself and still Unite your People – via Twitter 2nd February 2017

Danny Quah weighs in with some advice for the newly elected President’s use of social media. Thomas Friedman...

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In The Shadow of the Kingdom
Dr. Saad al-Fagih
In the Shadow of the Kingdom 25th January 2017

Saad al-Fagih argues that Saudi Arabia is teetering on the edge of major changes. This is a chapter in the E-book '...

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Making Revolution Islamic Again: Protest and Rebellion from 1979 Iran to the Ara
Andrew Hammond
Making Revolution Islamic Again: Protest and Rebellion from '79 Iran to the Arab Spring 18th January 2017

Andrew Hammond explores the continuities and new developments in representations of Islam, politics and violence in the...

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Lazy Nationalist Populism: Globalisation and Inequality on the Transatlantic Axi
Danny Quah
Lazy Nationalist Populism: Globalisation and Inequality on the Transatlantic Axis 13th January 2017

Danny Quah argues that 'globalisation’s great message' needs to be re-told to Western voters. When policy...

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All About That Putin Lynchpin
Martha Molfetas
All About That Putin Lynchpin 19th December 2016

Martha Molfetas argues that the we are at the beginning of a new cold war. Somehow it feels as if the Cold War never...

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Başak Çalı
A Flagrant Violation of US Obligations 23rd February 2017

The principles of international refugee law are non-negotiable, writes Başak Çalı. Reading President Donald Trump...

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Dante Alighieri Disparte
As Nations Retrench Modern City-States Emerge 23rd February 2017

Dante Alighieri Disparte discusses the emerging gap in interests between modern cities and nation-states as one of the...

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Katja Bego
The End of the Web 22nd February 2017

With the global order fragmenting, cyber-security threats on the rise, and the deluge of information becoming...

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French Development Agency Champions the Commons as New Vision for Development
David Bollier
French Development Agency Champions the Commons as New Vision for Development 22nd February 2017

The work of the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) could be considered as a 'future cornerstone of development...

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Erin K. Wilson and Luca Mavelli
‘Good Muslim / Bad Muslim’ and ‘Good Refugee / Bad Refugee’ Narratives are shaping European Responses to the Refugee Crisis 21st February 2017

The growing importance of religious identity in the politics of migration and refugees has led to increasingly harsh...

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Engaging with citizens online: civic apps must offer dynamic interactions in ord
Sarah Giest and Ansgar Koene
Engaging with Citizens Online: Civic Apps must offer Dynamic Interactions in Order to be Truly Effective 21st February 2017

In this era of fake news and misinformation, it is good to be reminded of how the internet is being used to improve the...

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What does ‘Security’ mean? Great (and well-written) paper from IDS
Duncan Green
What does ‘Security’ mean? Great (and well-written) paper from IDS 20th February 2017

Duncan Green explores a new paper from IDS' Robin Luckham on the contested concept of security. I have been known...

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Richard Ponzio and Michael Schroeder
A Fool’s Errand? The Next Secretary-General and United Nations Reform 19th December 2016

With the recent election of António Guterres as the next United Nations Secretary-General, the focus will soon shift to...

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Ayse Kaya and Anita Desai
COP21 and the Paris Agreement: Change and Status Quo 22nd August 2016

This essay examines the latest inter-state negotiations on climate change at COP-21 and argues that the Paris Agreement...

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Complex Emergencies 2.0: Dumb Phones, Smart People and the Art of Humanitarian C
Amy Rhoades
Complex Emergencies 2.0: Dumb Phones, Smart People and the Art of Humanitarian Communications 25th July 2016

An arc of instability from Afghanistan through the Middle East to West Africa is leading to unprecedented displacement...

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Book Review: State Capitalism: How the Return of Statism is Transforming the Wor
Reviewed by Tobias ten Brink
Book Review: State Capitalism: How the Return of Statism is Transforming the World 14th February 2017

State Capitalism: How the Return of Statism is Transforming the World by Joshua Kurlantzick. New York: Oxford...

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Book Review: The Ways of the World by David Harvey
Reviewed by Erica Frazier
Book Review: The Ways of the World by David Harvey 13th February 2017

The Ways of the World. David Harvey. Profile Books. 2016. The Ways of the World offers an intellectual journey through...

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Reviewed by Mabel González Bustelo
Book Review: Quality Peace: Peacebuilding, Victory, and World Order 22nd December 2016

Quality Peace: Peacebuilding, Victory, and World Order by Peter Wallensteen. New York and Oxford: Oxford University...

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