Politics and International Relations

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.

Asia | 26.09.16

‘I cannot afford to die’: The Tragedy of King Bhumibol

The Thai Royal Family is riven by scandal and intrigue, from the unexplained death of the King’s elder brother to the Crown Prince’s many rumoured liaisons and escapades. Andrew MacGregor Marshall recounts their scandalous history in this extract from his banned book A Kingdom in Crisis, an account of the struggle for democracy in Thailand

Zed | 21.09.16

Spring/Summer 2017

Take a look at our new titles catalogue and feed your mind for Spring/Summer 2017 with books from the world’s most important alternative voices.

Asia | 09.09.16

Mao’s Life after Death

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Chairman Mao. In this extract from their book on resurgent Maoist currents in modern China, China and the New Maoists, Kerry Brown and Simone Van Nieuwenhuizen examine how Mao’s legacy, as both man and symbol, has shaped China in the years since his death

Culture and Media | 08.09.16

Disinformed is Disenfranchised

How does mass media inform and structure democratic engagement with the political system? In this extract from Beasts and Gods Roslyn Fuller examines the historical link between the media and political engagement, and looks at its future in the digital age

Philosophy | 09.08.16

Marx and Nation

In this extract from an expansive survey of Marx’s ideas in our own age, Ronaldo Munck examines the phenomena of nations and nationhood in a Marxist context

Cities | 26.07.16

Occupied Squares, Societies in Movement

The “squares movement”, from the Middle East to Spain, revealed a new relationship with urban spaces. In this extract from Common Space Stavros Stavrides explores the questions raised by the new protest movements

Middle East | 26.07.16

The Arab Spring

In his preface to The Arab Spring, Hamid Dabashi sets out the revolutionary consciousness that drove the upsurge in popular unrest across the Middle East and North Africa

Politics and International Relations | 26.07.16

What is Democracy?

Why are modern democratic system suffering a crisis of legitimacy – and can Athenian democracy offer us a model for political change? Roslyn Fuller explores the future of representation in this extract from the introduction to Beasts and Gods: How democracy changed its meaning and lost its purpose

Asia | 16.05.16

Risks and Possibilities in the Korean Peninsula

Following what appears to be the DPRK’s fifth and reportedly biggest nuclear test Paul French addresses the tense stand-off between DPRK, China and the United States. Does the future of the Korean peninsula lie in engagement, or war?