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Is political Islam on the losing side of the Arab Spring in Egypt?

Is political Islam on the losing side of the Arab Spring in Egypt?

Egyptian progress towards democracy is still in doubt amidst a backdrop of deep social and economic troubles. Providing effective democratic structures are created and upheld, it is likely the Muslim Brothers and other Islamic forces will gradually lose support.

Sri Lanka: A Nation Moves On

Sri Lanka: A Nation Moves On

As Sri Lanka emerges from the throes of a three-decade conflict, the opportunities and hope for a new tomorrow spring in the hearts and minds of all its peoples. The kaleidoscope of aspects to be addressed in order to bring the nation back on its feet is far from few.

North Korea in the Kim Jung-un Era, Where to Go?

North Korea in the Kim Jung-un Era, Where to Go?

The North Korean ‘Dear Leader’ Kim Jong-il unexpectedly passed away on 17th December. Now, Kim Jong-un comes under the political spotlight. The new North Korean leader is in his late 20s and has been so unknown to the outside world that a torrent of predictions on the future of North Korea is being suggested.

Islamic liberalism: Mission impossible?

Islamic liberalism: Mission impossible?

The post Arab Spring era is one in which many western liberals fear the rise of Islamist parties in post-revolutionary Arab states. If we are lucky, more democracies can soon emerge in the Middle East, and Islamic liberalism, which is actually not that much of an oxymoron, will be reborn.

Kim Jong-un: Too Young for Coronation?

Kim Jong-un: Too Young for Coronation?

Any serious blunder of inexperience by the new leader in connection with redirecting the country’s economic and diplomatic affairs could lead to irreversible challenges by the competing elite groups in North Korea, divided largely into the military brass and the technocrats.

The Key To Constitution Making In Turkey

The Key To Constitution Making In Turkey

The constitutional process is slowly but surely becoming a catch all answer to many of Turkey’s ills. The coming months will witness a crucially important debate about a renewed social contract. Turkey’s challenge will be to engineer the required popular consensus in an increasingly polarized political atmosphere.

Cameron’s diplomatic defeatism delivers a hammer blow to the UK’s influence

Cameron’s diplomatic defeatism delivers a hammer blow to the UK’s influence

David Cameron needs to put British national interest before his party’s interest. Angela Merkel has now left the door open for the British government to rebuild alliances and regain its position in Europe. It is in the British national interest that the government embraces that opportunity.

The Role of Religion in the Arab Spring

The Role of Religion in the Arab Spring

There needs to be a greater understanding of the role that religion plays in different societies and countries, and specifically how this shapes the politics of these countries. Unless the different theories of international relations can accommodate religion in their frameworks, we will be unable to fully comprehend important geopolitical events.

Brazil: Growing Pains of an Emerging Power

Brazil: Growing Pains of an Emerging Power

Much has been written about Brazil’s successful trajectory from emerging economy to emerging giant. Less attention has been given to the remaining challenges which need to be addressed.

Patterns, Challenges, and Strategic Choices in the Euro Crisis

Patterns, Challenges, and Strategic Choices in the Euro Crisis

The crisis in the Euro Area is enmeshed in an evolving global, and European, financial and economic crisis. Its dimensions are profound, historical, and structural. It raises the stakes in European integration to new heights.

Britain and the Eurozone: What Next?

Britain and the Eurozone: What Next?

There has been much sound and fury but little progress in Euroland in the days following David Cameron’s veto at the meeting of the EU heads of government in Brussels on 11 December. Far from them saving the Euro, they agreed to differ on some things, and agreed to delay on others.

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