December 9, 2019

What happens when an unmovable object is met with a seemingly unstoppable force? The intractable conflict between Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement and the Chinese state might be instructive in this regard. Over the last six months, the streets of the wealthy semi-aut...

November 18, 2019

Since the turn of the century, the Iraqi public have certainly not enjoyed political stability. The decision of the United States and its allies to invade the country in 2003 set a high threshold for expected disruption. Yet, the seizure of vast swathes of territory by...

July 1, 2019

Is there a future for the centre-right? In what increasingly seems to be a new age in politics, there is much anecdotal evidence to suggest that this tradition of conservatism – which has enjoyed pre-eminence throughout Europe in the post-war era – is facing an irrevoc...

June 13, 2019

Going into the new year, there was a near-consensus among political punditry that, while not suffering an overall loss, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi would emerge from the country’s unusually long general election a diminished figure. Fast forward to the pres...

May 3, 2019

How does a society respond when the supposedly apolitical economic sphere of life becomes a battleground for competing political interests? Due to the pervasive influence of the Cold War  – in which two superpowers, characterised by their respective advocacies of diame...

February 22, 2019

February 18, 2019. In the future, we may look back upon this date as the moment when the British political system, characterised by its seemingly innate constitutional conservatism, finally entered a long-overdue process of change – either that, or it will conjure up t...

February 20, 2019

Like many of its South-East Asian counterparts, Thailand is a state that, while possessing pretensions for democracy, has never fully quite made the socio-cultural transition necessary for a long-term shift from authoritarian rule. On paper, the country is a constituti...

January 18, 2019

Within German politics, the most prevalent story has undoubtedly been the intrigue surrounding Merkel’s fate, and the subsequent decision by her party, the Christian Democratic Union, to select Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer as her successor for the role of party leader. W...

January 11, 2019

International politics is not quite the game it used to be; in an age characterised by populist upheaval, declining faith in supranational institutions and the re-assertion of the nation state, conventional norms have gone quite far out the window.

Nowhere is this more...

November 29, 2018

Upon first glance, it would not be wrong to categorise the prosecution and subsequent pardoning of Matthew Hedges, a British national and Durham PhD student, by the UAE, as bizarre - only in 1971 did the UAE cease to be a British protectorate, and even now the country...

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