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La Haine: Laïcité, Charlie Hebdo and the Republican War on Religion

La Haine: Laïcité, Charlie Hebdo and the Republican War on Religion

The Republican war against religion has played its part in creating the conditions whereby the message of the jihadis now has resonance amongst the alienated youth.

The ‘Reluctant Europeans’: What Syriza’s Victory Means for Europe

The ‘Reluctant Europeans’: What Syriza’s Victory Means for Europe

The big question is after Syriza’s win is what sort of party it will be the day after as that could set the tone of an alternative solution to the Eurozone crisis,.

Fascism in Interwar Egypt: Islam, Nationalism and Political Modernization

Fascism in Interwar Egypt: Islam, Nationalism and Political Modernization

Fascism taught Egyptian activists how to use modern symbols and rituals in order to transform their internal political struggles, but it proved completely incompetent.

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Critical Questions on the US-Cuba Rapprochement

It could be naive to think that Obama’s openings to Cuba were just a move to improve relations without expecting any reciprocation in terms of democracy and human rights.

Iran’s Execution Spike under Rouhani: Who Is Pulling the Chairs?

Iran’s Execution Spike under Rouhani: Who Is Pulling the Chairs?

The closer we get to the deadline for a final nuclear deal, its most fervent opponents will frantically flail their arms in a last ditch attempt to stay relevant.

ISIL, Ideology, and Islamic Militancy – Where is the Centre of Gravity?

ISIL, Ideology, and Islamic Militancy – Where is the Centre of Gravity?

The solution to the rise of ISIL lies in locating the ideology’s centre of gravity and strategizing its containment if not its demise.

Turkish Foreign Policy in Turbulent Times

Turkish Foreign Policy in Turbulent Times

Turkey’s democratic consolidation problems in the domestic arena have posed limitations on its ability to project power in the region, and widened the chasm with the European Union.

Political Leadership in Times of Agony for Palestinian Citizens

Political Leadership in Times of Agony for Palestinian Citizens

Since 1948 Palestinians have never enjoyed a protected political arena in which to conduct an intimate, direct internal dialogue about their future together as a people.

Justifying Surveillance

Justifying Surveillance

Surveillance can be justified. The challenge lies in justifying certain acts of surveillance, and in determining why it is that such acts strike us as eminently sensible.

Reclaiming Sovereignty: Constituted and Constituent Power in Political Theory

Reclaiming Sovereignty: Constituted and Constituent Power in Political Theory

Any serious attempt to reclaim the practice of sovereignty from the state must pay attention to the transformative potential of constituent power.

Oil Prices, OPEC, and Oil Crisis: Collateral Damage in a Greater Game

Oil Prices, OPEC, and Oil Crisis: Collateral Damage in a Greater Game

With oil prices tumbling downward some are rejoicing, but by refusing to cut production OPEC has jeopardised the economy of some of its member states.