Politics and International Relations

Africa | 10.04.18

A Blueprint for African Tyrants

Hissene Habré was the first former African head of state to be tried before a court in an African country. What can the trial’s success teach us about the future of the international legal framework?

Development | 21.02.18

The Banality of Certainty

What is the logic of ‘Value for Money’ in development sector, and could it force foreign aid agencies to choose between irrelevance and subterfuge?

Culture and Media | 04.12.17

The Aftermath of Charlie Hebdo

‘Charlie Hebdo’ took shape because forms of ventriloquism and projection were inevitable in a context where a tiny proportion of participants in the communicative event had any relationship with Charlie Hebdo as an actual publication.

History | 04.09.17

The Radical Experiment Crushed by Stalin

The Georgian Revolution, which lasted for three short years (1918-1921) before it was brutally crushed on the orders of Stalin, was a footnote to history. And not just a footnote, but a forgotten one. Here Eric Lee tells us why it matters today.

Asia | 01.08.17

What a Difference Two Years Make

As North Korea carries out an unprecedented test of its submarine missile system, Paul French gives us an update on what this means for China, the US and the rest of the world.

Asia | 07.02.17

It’s the Euroasian Economic Union, Stupid

China’s hard, economic clout versus Russia’s soft power. Sure China and Russia are cooperating in the building of a new silk road, but who will win the battle for Central Asia?

Asia | 31.01.17

Chinese Foreign Policy in 5 Minutes

From the New Silk Road to the economic corridor that is the Indian Ocean, Tom Miller gives us an expert breakdown of Chinese Foreign Policy going into 2017.

Environment | 31.01.17

Spoiling Tibet

Gabriel Lafitte takes a look at China’s resource nationalism, on the roof of the world.

Human Rights | 10.11.16

How Can We Refuse Borders?

How do we resist the border, in a current reality where borders proliferate? And are we really pointing to a possible future world free of borders?

Culture and Media | 10.11.16

Imagined Identities

What do we do when locality is no longer an independent variable by which to analyse or shape the world we inhabit? In this extract from Diasporas Gerd Baumann re-examined the notion of community and of national and cultural identity.

Race and Indigenous Politics | 10.11.16

What’s a Border Wall For?

The average annual per capita GDP of the countries that have built walls or fences at their borders since the fall of the Berlin Wall is $14,067; the average for the countries on the other side of these barriers is $2,801. Here Reece Jones answers the question: what’s a border wall really for?

Africa | 30.09.16

South Africa’s Insurgent Students

Amidst an air of distrust and tension, a year after the #feesmustfall movement started, South Africa’s national student protests have once again erupted. Julian Brown looks at how these students are now part of the process of remaking South Africa’s post-apartheid democracy.

Zed | 27.09.16

The alt. University Reading List

With a looming high-stakes US election, the rise of the European far right and ongoing humanitarian crises, the new academic term is the time to tackle the underlying political, institutional and social causes head on.