statistics

’Effectiveness’ as a religion: Will statistics supersede the humane?

As humans, we have the most exquisite ability to understand, analyse, and systematise the world around us. Our predisposition to seek patterns is a...
French populism: The challenge of Islam. (Credit: hadrian/Bigstock)

The importance of being honest: Values delusion or how fake news creates fake history

Had Professor Francis Fukuyama written his book The End of History today, he might instead have chosen the title ‘The End of Diplomacy’. That...
Contemporary Russia

A treacherous path to understanding contemporary Russia

Despite all the rhetoric, any objective researcher should accept that since the collapse of the USSR, Russia’s leadership in the post-Soviet period, including Vladimir...
The international press had a variety of responses to Trump's victory. (Credit: hadrian/Bigstock)

Is America great again? Trump’s first year in office

One of the most alarming aspects of the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency is how little serious analysis there has been in the...
Xi'an city wall, China. (Credit: chuyu/Bigstock)

The tiger and the dragon: How the rise of new powers shapes the globe

This year has seen a myriad of developments, and it is difficult to discern any single overarching trend other than fragmentation. Identifying positive trends...
Protest near Athens University (Credit: De Visu/Bigstock)

The catcher in the lie: Will the youth succumb to populism?

"The mark of an immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, the mark of the mature man is that he...

From dialogue to action: Changing the world through civic councils

While working to resolve the crises of today, we should spend a lot of time talking. Being able to listen to one another’s point...
Shanghai, China. (Credit: Patrick Foto/Bigstock)

Clash or dialogue? The Rhodes Forum and the challenge of the century

The first decades of the twenty-first century have demonstrated that it is more important than ever that we are able not only to address immediate...

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