Transcontinental Turkey: Where is it heading?

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Relations between Turkey and the West are undeniably fraught. The post-war paradigm of relations has shifted. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s increasingly authoritarian rule has brought him into conflict with Western leaders, the debacle of Pastor Brunson indicating a new crisis point with the US, and the jailing of journalists bringing complaints from Germany. These shifting… Continue Reading ➤

The Khashoggi Affair: Political miscalculation, intellectual loss, human tragedy

President Donald Trump speaks with Mohammed bin Salman. 
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As the heavy overcast obscuring the truth behind the disappearance of U.S.-based Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi slowly dissipates, details have emerged of his gruesome, premeditated murder, carried out in his own country’s consulate. 2018 has shown itself to be a deadly year for journalists, with at least seventy killed across the globe – three… Continue Reading ➤

A “Bavarian Revolution”?

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“The election [on Sunday 14th of October]”, writes the Süddeutsche Zeitung, “was a typical Bavarian revolution. Fireworks, a lot of smoke [and] dreams in Schwabing [a central Munich district in which the Greens obtained 34% of the votes] which, throughout the night, felt like they could become true. The morning after, the Alps are still… Continue Reading ➤

How the US midterms will unfold, Part 1: The House of Representatives

Protest outside Trump Tower; Democrats hope an energised voter base will deliver them control of the House.               

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On November 6th, Americans will go to the polls to pick their representatives for both houses of Congress. All 435 seats in the House of Representatives are up for election, and 35 of the Senate’s 100 seats. Half-way through Donald Trump’s first term, this is the United States’ first chance since the 2016 election to… Continue Reading ➤

Will Brexit leave Europe’s defences depleted in the face of an increasingly aggressive Russia?

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Brexit is just one of the many destabilising influences that face an increasingly precarious system of European cooperation. In fact, the haste with which the EU wishes to reach an agreement with Britain is largely driven by the need for Europeans to concentrate on more existential threats. Issues such as rising discontent over the migrant… Continue Reading ➤

Four lessons from Wittgenstein on Trump

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Lesson 1 – Politics is not science In Remarks on Frazer’s Golden Bough, Wittgenstein critiques anthropologist James George Frazer’s argument that the ritual practices (magic) of ‘primitive cultures’ are an early and ineffective form of ‘modern science’. Instead, Wittgenstein argues that societies use magic for an entirely different purpose to science – they do fundamentally… Continue Reading ➤

Jake Sullivan, architect of the Iran Deal, National Security Adviser to Biden, and key Clinton aide, on Trump’s withdrawal from the agreement, North Korea, and what happened in 2016.

Jake Sullivan, second from left, with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Jake Sullivan has a C.V. which sounds like it’s been made up. A product of the local Minnesotan high school, (his phone number still begins with the Minneapolis calling code), Sullivan then went to Yale, won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, was ranked the second best university debater in the world, returned to Yale Law… Continue Reading ➤

Brazilian Elections 2018: A short introduction to recent events

President Michel Temer with Justice Minister Alexandre de Moraes. Photo: Beto Barata /PR

This October Brazilians will go to the polls to elect the country’s future President, Vice President, National Congress, state Governors, and state Legislative Assemblies. With a population of over 200 million, the largest economy in Latin America, an intricate federal system, and the contemporary repercussions of colonialism and dictatorship, Brazilian politics is a labyrinth at… Continue Reading ➤