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Trump in the Middle East: context and consequences

  Trump’s regional approach to “peace” and stability and the new regional order, aims to ensure the normalcy of relations between Israel and its Arab neighbours, especially the wealthy ones.   The US President Donald Trump has no well-defined policy or strategy, let Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Moon Jae-in: South Korea’s new captain

  Modern history has not witnessed countries as divided as they are today. And the good news is a new wave is surging around the world inspiring people to choose leaders who can unify their divided people.   Emmanuel Macron of France has Thursday, May 18th, 2017

What exactly, does Emmanuel Macron stand for?

  Macron won the 2017 election with more than 65% of votes against Le Pen. He became the new president on May 7 after starting a new political movement just over a year ago. Sidelining the traditional political leaders and parties, Thursday, May 18th, 2017

To be or not to be: the future of opposition in post-referendum Turkey

  In post-referendum Turkey, it is not just Erdoğan and his supporters but the opposition as well who refuse to recognize their adversaries as legitimate – an explosive formula.   The most significant result of the April 16 referendum in Turkey seems to Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

The Dutch elections – making sense of its fractures

  Much to everyone’s surprise, it turns out that this is not the election we expected. At the start of the campaign season, with the right-wing populist Geert Wilders riding high in the polls, the prediction had been that it would Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

From Damascus to The Hague: a refugee’s journey

  Crossing the Syrian border into Turkey by foot took only a few hours, but they were so devilish we thought it was a lifetime, and almost died doing so. Others who crossed the border at the same time, only a Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

The IMF on inequality: beyond organised hypocrisy?

  Recent commentary on research I conducted with Paul White, has caused a stir. Our paper in the Journal of Australian Political Economy was the subject of a review in The Conversation and the Huffington Post. The review, by the eminent Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

The victims of tyranny and the need for transitional justice in Tunisia

    While listening to the victims of tyranny in the relay sessions organized by the “Truth and Dignity Commission” in Tunis 17-18 November 2016, one can clearly see that repression during the era of the police state was shared by the Thursday, February 16th, 2017

The inconvenient truth about foreign aid

  For recipients aid has been a very mixed blessing, but for donors it’s been a bonanza.   It’s astonishing when you think about it. Why should an old and poorly-performing industry carry on, burdened with even more tasks, and provided with yet Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

China and the embarrassment of western democracy

  The Chinese regime has had a good 2016 because it was a bad year for democracy. Official Chinese media and various commentators have made fun of the Brexit referendum in Britain and the Trump victory in the United States as Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
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