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Political Contestation and the Problem of Bordered Thinking

Political Contestation and the Problem of Bordered Thinking

Regionalization, internationalization and context have blinded us to the impact of larger social movements in contemporary politics.

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Review – Against All Odds: Voice of Popular Struggle in Iraq

By giving a voice to popular movements which resist Iraq’s dramatic and dreadful situation, Issa manages to bring some hope and positive insight to the Iraqi context.

Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement and Beijing’s Failure to Honor the Basic Law

Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement and Beijing’s Failure to Honor the Basic Law

Trust in the local and Beijing governments has been damaged; a moderate approach would serve Beijing’s interests better than the confrontational approach taken so far.

Thaksin Shinawatra and Thailand’s New Conflict

Thaksin Shinawatra and Thailand’s New Conflict

The conflict between the anti-Thaksin group and his supporters is not ideological, social or ethnic – and yet it has hit the country harder than any other preceding conflicts.

Tunisia: Was it a revolution?

Tunisia: Was it a revolution?

With the cascading events in Tunisia, there has been much debate about whether or not this represents a real revolution. The question is clearly important. Much of the debate seems to focus on whether or not Tunisia will move out of an autocratic system of government and into a liberal democracy. But whatever the eventual political outcome, Tunisians have already experienced a real revolution.

Violence is putting the future of the Islamic Republic in doubt

Violence is putting the future of the Islamic Republic in doubt

It is not an exaggeration to claim that since the presidential election in June 2009, the ship of the Islamic Republic has been cruising in uncharted waters. The repercussions of the election have not only proved to be politically costly but have fundamentally jeopardised the very survival of the Islamic State.

Understanding the disturbances in Xinjiang

Understanding the disturbances in Xinjiang

Xinjiang is economically and geopolitically important to China. It is the country’s number three oil producer and represents one-sixth of China’s territory. Given the significance of oil and the role of China in Central Asia, stability in Xinjiang is key to the Chinese state. The underlying factors behind the events of July 5, 2009, in Urumqi include cultural, economic and political dimensions.

Defending the Revolution: human rights in post-election Iran

Defending the Revolution: human rights in post-election Iran

As much as the presidential election and its violent aftermath will remain a reference point to most Iranians and reformist politicians of how blatantly the rule of law and their human rights were violated, so will it continue to inform the mindset and policies of what now could be best described as the ruling hardliner elite of the Islamic Republic.

Understanding Thailand’s political crisis

Understanding Thailand’s political crisis

When Asian leaders attending a summit meeeting – including the prime ministers of China and Japan – had to be whisked out of a besieged luxury Pattaya hotel by helicopter on 11 April, it was official: Thailand is in deep political trouble.

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