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Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi clash with security forces in Cairo, August 2013. (Credit: Diariocritico de Venezuela/Flickr)

Institutional failure: The quest for Egyptian stability

The collapse of the Egyptian state was a real possibility following the removal of Hosni Mubarak from power, the dissolution of the National Democratic...
Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin, June 2016. (Credit: Screenshot courtesy of China Daily News/Youtube)

Eurasian partnership: A new balance of power?

In June 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putn signed a joint statement with Chinese President Xi Jinping, declaring the goal of “a comprehensive partnership between...
Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker announce progress in Brexit negotiations, December 2017. (Credit: Tiocfaidh ár lá 1916/Flickr)

The teething problems of a multipolar world order

2017 was a year of historical reflection. Looking back, the revolutionary process initiated in 1917 not only altered the international system’s structure of power...
Flags in Tahrir Square, February 2012. (Credit: AK Rockefeller/Flickr)

The Arab world and globalisation: Critical remarks

The Mediterranean world is not presently part of the new international division of labour, i.e., the advance of hitherto underdeveloped countries in manufacturing production...
Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud with the late King Abdullah, June 2012. (Credit: Tribes of the World/Flickr)

Politics in a post-crisis Middle East

The complexity of the crises that unfolded in the Middle East with the advent of the Arab Spring created an environment in which stakeholders...
Investors at the Kuwait Stock Exchange, February 2012. (Credit: Kuwaitelections2012/Flickr)

The social and economic development of the Middle East

It is no accident that the Middle East is called the energy storehouse of the world and that it plays a major role in...
Complexo do Alemão, a group of favelas north of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Credit: João Lima/Flickr)

New developmentalism: Macroeconomics for developing countries

After developing remarkably over the course of the 20th Century, the Brazilian economy stagnated in the 1980s, as a consequence of high inflation and...
Nigel Farage speaks at the European Parliament, September 2011 (Credit: European Parliament/Flickr)

Defining populism: The need for a paradigm shift

A report in the Financial Times on President Trump’s inauguration compared populism to President Obama’s first inauguration and declared, “Obama radiated hope. Mr Trump...
Fishing for coal in the Himalayan foothills of Assam, India. (Credit: T@R/Flickr)

Comprehensive development

A holistic understanding of development presumes the factual possibility of an actor ensuring the accumulation of both material wealth and non-material advantages. The former...
The A3K3 creates artwork through machine technology. (Credit: Ars Electronica/Flickr)

Technological innovation: The challenges for labour

Amazon’s postal delivery drones. Google’s self-driving cars. Artificial intelligence. Today, the rapid advancement of computer technology, aka the 4th Industrial Revolution, is creating new...