In the recent Upper House election in Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government coalition scored a sweeping victory, despite the Japanese public disapproving virtually all of its signature policies. In her article, Flurina Frei looks into this "Abenigma" and suggests two intertwined reasons that account for it: skillful framing and a lack of alternatives. Throughout the electoral campaign, Abe diverted public attention from his revisionist agenda, which he knows is toxic to mainstream voters. An opposition in disarray, unable to provide the electorate with an alternative policy platform, allowed the Prime Minister to get away with this strategy and further facilitated an electoral victory.
Yes, the Leave campaign was dishonest and some have argued criminally irresponsible; but are British pro-Europeans blameless, asks Eunice Goes? Political parties have for years avoided any discussion on the positive aspects of the EU, they rarely explained how the UK benefits from EU investment, all while the Eurosceptic press was capitalising on fictitious stories about migration and sovereignty. It is this culture of embarrassed pro-Europeanism that made the toxic, and in the end victorious Leave campaign possible.
For Professor Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou, the current "Islamization of radicalism" vs. "radicalization of Islam" debate in France misses the more complex dynamics behind the contemporary transnationalization of political violence. The author argues that policy-makers and students increasingly approach international affairs with an impatience for history and multilayered sequences.
The recent demonstrations in the streets of Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, are in many ways similar to the colored revolutions that happened in other parts of Eastern Europe, claims Gjorgji Kostojchinoski. In particular, they share a common characteristic: the opposition of strong counter-protests. In this thought-stimulating piece, the author draws on the concepts of human security and national security to shed light on the phenomenon of counter-revolutions.
We are all constantly negotiating, whether when discussing with friends which restaurant to eat at or when we request extra holiday for working weekends. Negotiation is a way to solve disagreements without having to resort to hitting someone over the head. Even though we regularly take part in bargaining and haggling, the practical study of […]
Tomorrow, on the 21st of March, the spring equinox, is celebrated Iranian and Kurdish New Year, Newroz (in the Kurdish Kurmancî dialect). In Farsi the meaning of the word translates into “new day”1: it is a celebration of life towards a productive new year. Traditions regionally vary, however dances, jumping fire and food are core activities […]
The recent trend in legalization perhaps isn’t surprising, and may only be the result of the slow realization of how much of a failure repressive policies are. Far from decreasing the simultaneous rise of marijuana demand and supply, repressive policies have proved costly, financially and socially speaking. This article ought to substantiate this statement in figures and numbers...
When I first read Tim Cook’s “Message to customers,” I felt on the receiving end of a marketing push. Sure, I agree the government should not be able to read my online diary, and should not be able to weaken encryption for everyone. But the real problem here is that there is not enough available knowledge and understanding of the linkages between technology and society to be able to anticipate the implications of such decisions and decide what is socially desirable and what is not.
The Islamic Republic of Iran recently marked the 37th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution of 1979, which heralded a decisive break in the country’s relationship with the West, especially the United States. Coming ahead of the first post-nuclear deal Islamic Consultative Assembly (parliament) and Assembly of Experts elections this week, which pit relatively pro-Western moderates […]
What does it say of the unpredictability of the current Arab political and security scene when what is taking place in Yemen is factually more reminiscent of five-year old Levantine configurations than local ones from earlier decades? It is a foregone conclusion that the winter of 2011 was a turning point in Middle Eastern and […]
Several years ago I attended a cocktail party on Park Avenue in New York. I was approached by a man puffing on a large cigar. He had an open shirt (highlighting his expensive gold necklace), and wore all the accoutrements that go with a certain type of wealthy New Yorker. His immediate question to me […]
[INTERVIEW ALSO AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH] Début novembre, Wyclef Jean, nombreux Grammy Awards et hits internationaux au compteur, était en concert en Suisse. Étant moi-même d’origine haïtienne, j’avais ouï dire moult fois – en Haïti ou au sein de la « communauté haïtienne » – que l’ex-membre des Fugees était quelqu’un de très hautain. C’est finalement un Wyclef gentil et disponible que je rencontrai, parfois un peu confus au moment de parler politique (en pleine période d’élection présidentielle en Haïti), ou même utopiste sur la problématique actuelle des réfugiés, mais quoi qu’il en soit toujours prêt à aborder n’importe quel sujet…
[INTERVIEW ALSO AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH] Après la vive émotion suscitée par les attentats terroristes de Paris, l’heure est désormais à la réflexion commune. Les récentes manifestations de violence politique en France et ailleurs posent en effet des défis d’ensemble et appellent des réponses non moins ambitieuses. Afin d’approcher ces questions de fond, Bouna Chames Eddine Mbaye, Victor Santos Rodriguez et Ueli Staeger sont allés à la rencontre de Jean-François Bayart, spécialiste de l’Afrique et des rapports entre religion et politique.
A year ago I lived in Mexico City studying at El Colegio de Mexico and interning at the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime. During my stay there, I witnessed a nation awaken and respond to the tyranny of their government. I can tell you the exact day that this realization began. On September 26, 2014, a group of 43 male students traveled to the city of Iguala, a small historic town in Southwestern Mexico intent on protesting unfair funding and hiring practices. Police arrested the students. Initially jailed...
“Let’s go, go!” Alek Skarlatos shouted to his two American friends vacationing in Europe as they went after the heavily-armed gunman on a high-speed train between Amsterdam and Paris. The three Americans are being hailed as heroes, receiving congratulations from the presidents of France and the United States, among many others, for subduing the gunman...