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2016 in Review International Politics

Trends of 2016: Protest at the ballot box

2016 has been a tumultuous year for democratic politics. The rise of populism, nationalism, and anti-establishmentarianism has been the story of the year.

Asia Pacific Politics

Special Report: How the Nanjing Massacre became a political tool

Japan has withdrawn funding from UNESCO over tensions with China surrounding the Nanjing Massacre. Discover how China’s attitude has changed over the years.

Asia Pacific Politics

The growth of the anti-establishment movement outside the West

With Narendra Modi and Rodrigo Duterte the trend of the so called ‘anti-establishment’ is spreading outside of the West.

Europe Politics

Poland will be the EU’s next battleground

Recent signals from Poland, one of the success stories of EU membership, hint that a new battle may be brewing on the EU’s eastern front.

Europe Politics

Just what exactly is ‘illiberal democracy’?

How can illiberal democracy exist in the EU? Is democracy still relevant in Europe, or is Central European pioneering a new model?

Europe Politics

What lies ahead for Iceland in 2016?

Icelanders are wondering what is ahead for their country in 2016. Will Iceland be ready for something new, more of the same, or perhaps a mixture of both? A special

Europe Politics

What to expect in Europe in 2016

In addition to the continuation of current crises, Europe will face new matters of contention in 2016. Nationalism and fragmentation within the EU will keep growing, including on the Brexit

Politics South and Central Asia

India’s tolerance for intolerance

Amid reports of increased discrimination, India must confront this issue rather than shy away from it. Intolerance is not a new phenomenon within India. Neither are religious discrimination, religious extremism or

Europe Security

Kiev’s risky affair with far-right nationalists

Self-governing and heavily armed far-right militias represent a rising threat to Ukraine’s fragile political stability, menacing to expand the conflict beyond the Eastern regions of Donestk and Luhansk. These nationalist

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Opinion: The economic case for a unified Iraq

With ethno-sectarian tensions at a high, observers, stakeholders, and policymakers of Iraq are calling increasingly for a break-up of the country along ethnic and sectarian lines. But a break-up would be