terrorism

Barbarians crossed the gate: Fighting terrorism as a modern crime

Terrorism, in its different forms, is a defining feature of modern life for people in cities, towns, and villages across the world. Fear of...
infrastructure development

A bridge to riches: When infrastructure makes nations prosper

There can be little doubt that despite the far-reaching influence of globalisation, modern nation-states retain key actors when it comes to infrastructure development. National...
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...
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...

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...
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...
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...
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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