Politics

Perils and Proposals: Military Contracting with Volatile Regimes

February 16, 2015 by Andreas Kuersten

France is stuck between a rock and a hard place. By contracting to deliver Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Russia amidst Russian aggression towards Ukraine, France has assumed the untenable position of selling military hardware to a country whose military actions it decries.

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Nationalism by Another Name

February 10, 2015 by Brandon Tensley
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Since October, Dresden has become a hotbed of nationalism, due at least in part to a dearth of debate about immigration between elites and civil society, and to Germany’s ongoing struggle to redefine competing notions of nationhood and belonging.

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Hebdo Aftermath Shows International Rift on Religious Exceptionalism

February 6, 2015 by Kyle Rohrich
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The aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo shooting has shed light on the deep-seated tension regarding the role of religion in the political affairs of a state and in the international system. However, religious exceptionalism impedes cooperation and lays the groundwork for future confrontations.

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Economic Resilience Will Be Determined By the Chinese People

February 5, 2015 by David Wolf
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A credit crunch and economic slowdown in China is more than just a matter for domestic concern in the People’s Republic: the PRC is now so integrated into the global political economy that the implications of such a crisis would be global, and possibly severe.

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