9/25/2017, Rhys Jones

The ‘Sleep Campaign’ Produces a Nightmare for Angela Merkel

The ‘Sleep Campaign’ Produces a Nightmare for Angela Merkel

Critics called it the “sleep campaign” because Angela Merkel did everything in her power to send voters into a slumber. Her tactic in the German federal election, termed “asymmetric demobilisation,” was designed to depress turnout amongst opposition parties by making a maximally inoffensive pitch to the electorate. It successfully pushed her main opponents, the Social… more

9/21/2017, John Washington

How We Missed the Rohingya Ethnic Cleansing—For Decades

How We Missed the Rohingya Ethnic Cleansing—For Decades

Aung San Suu Kyi won the Nobel Peace Prize, in 1991, while she was under house arrest by Myanmar’s ruling military junta. Freed in 2010, she was finally able to travel to Sweden to deliver her acceptance speech in 2012, using the occasion to describe visiting migrant workers and refugees in Thailand who, as she… more

9/13/2017, Miranda Sita

Announcing Our New Podcast

Announcing Our New Podcast

From the worldwide rise of populism and medical tourism, to Chinese smartphones and Nigerian Cinema—each season we’ll travel to different places and bring you the stories that you aren't already hearing about, connecting them to the current news at every turn. On this show, we’ll continue the conversations from our books with the journalists who… more

9/7/2017, Rhys Jones

Populists Are Now Going After Our Democratic Institutions

Populists Are Now Going After Our Democratic Institutions

The lifecycle of the populist movement is well-known. In opposition, where they may whinge at leisure about corrupt elites and the bias media, populists flourish and multiply; but once they win power, they almost always suffer an identity crisis. It’s tough to lambaste the establishment if you are the establishment. Just ask Syriza, the radical… more

9/7/2017, Harper Sutherland, Georgetown Public Policy Review

Georgetown Public Policy Review Interviews Basharat Peer

Georgetown Public Policy Review Interviews Basharat Peer

Basharat Peer joins the Georgetown Public Policy Review podcast with Books Editor Harper Sutherland to discuss Peer's new book A Question of Order: India, Turkey, and the Return of Strongmen. See the original post at Georgetown Public Policy Review.   A Question of Order: India, Turkey, and the Return of Strongmen What happens when a democratically elected leader evolves into an… more

7/20/2017, Jacob Kushner

In Germany, Police Seek to Protect Asylum Seekers

In Germany, Police Seek to Protect Asylum Seekers

Last week I wrote about an attack on a refugee housing complex in Altenburg, Germany, in which two baby carriages were set aflame. It occurred just two days after members of a right-wing, anti-immigrant movement called PEGIDA marched through the town. That piece grappled with the question of how Germany—a nation with an unparalleled record… more

7/12/2017, Jacob Kushner

When Refugees Are Terrorized By the German Right Wing

When Refugees Are Terrorized By the German Right Wing

On December 7, 2015, two baby carriages were set on fire at an apartment complex housing refugees in the pristine Thuringia town of Altenburg. Ten refugees, including two infants, suffered from smoke inhalation. The attack came two days after right-wing protesters marched through the town carrying signs that read, “Please continue your flight. There's nowhere… more

6/29/2017, John Washington

In Venezuela, Lessons to be Learned From A Nation in Crisis

In Venezuela, Lessons to be Learned From A Nation in Crisis

A helicopter commandeered by anti-government forces recently attacked the Venezuelan Supreme Court, dropping two grenades, following up with a bellicose YouTube post, and inciting new fears that a coup could be imminent. The attack occurred on the same day President Nicolas Maduro warned that government loyalists “would go to combat” if the regime was toppled.… more

6/7/2017, Rhys Jones

The Pretend Populist of the Brexit Election

The Pretend Populist of the Brexit Election

In April, French polling companies predicted the tightly-contested first round of the Presidential Elections with pin-point accuracy. The current surveys of their British counterparts, by contrast, look like random guesswork. Extrapolating upon the available data, the polling guru Nate Silver has concluded that “anything from a 17-point Conservative win to a 3-point Labour win is… more

5/8/2017, Rhys Jones

Emmanuel Macron, the Populist President

Emmanuel Macron, the Populist President

Marine Le Pen flunked the final debate. Over the course of three hours, she tried to portray her opponent, Emmanuel Macron, as President Hollande Mark 2, as a candidate promising five more years of failure. Voters would prefer her populist confection of anti-elitism, anti-globalism and anti-immigration. It was a flawed tactic. After the debate, her… more