In 2012, when I was ordered out of Mexico for over-extending a student visa, I took a quick trip to Guatemala, flashed my United States of America passport at a guard, paid a one-peso fee, and clacked through a turnstile. In the shadow of the bridge I had just walked over, inner tube rafts loaded… more
Brussels, the capital of Belgium and the de facto capital of the European Union, was for many years synonymous with excruciating hours of EU talks that drag on only to yield watered-down compromises wrapped in legalese...
Among the regular cast of characters who populate the pages of Hungary’s newspapers and magazines, the one whose fame is hardest to understand in a country long proud of its disproportionate share of Olympic medals and Nobel Prizes may be the man usually identified simply as the prime minister’s dentist. Bela Batorfi’s rise to fame can… more
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s whirlwind visit to Europe last month is being seen as a turning point in Tehran’s relationship with the West, after decades of hostility. But the stint’s moments of awkwardness demonstrated that the two sides still have much to work out before a reunion tour. When Rouhani gave a press conference at the… more
"The role of citizenship and statehood in the average person’s life is often taken for granted," Publishers Weekly notes in its rave review of Atossa Araxia Abrahamian's forthcoming book The Cosmopolites. "Abrahamian draws from economic and political theory for a fascinating, eminently readable exploration of contemporary citizenship and concepts of statehood." The subject of The Cosmopolites is how the increasingly… more
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