The Iranian revolution: An anniversary few expected

Forty years ago, a revolution took place in Iran, which the world referred to as the ‘Islamic Revolution’. In some ways, the emergence of...

Venezuela: The symptoms of multipolarity

The events unfolding in Venezuela since 22 January 2019 cannot be properly understood without considering two points: on the one hand, the interstate relations...
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The never-ending dead-end in Syria

This article was written prior to President Trump’s announcement that the US will withdrawal its troops from Syria.The Syrian crisis, which has been going...
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Hegemony and resistance in postcolonial India

IntroductionWhat are the current discourses and practices of hegemony and counter hegemony in world politics? Scholars from four continents gathered at the Dialogue of...
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Farewell to agriculture? Productivity trends and the competitiveness of agriculture in Central Asia

Agricultural productivity in the Central Asian republics of the USSR stopped growing from the late 1970s and declined in the 1990s when the transition...

The Idlib conundrum

On Friday, 7 September, the Astana Troika summit in Tehran brought together the leaders of Iran, Russia, and Turkey to discuss the current situation...

Syria’s reconstruction: No willing payers in sight

Lately there has been a lot of rhetoric about the start of the reconstruction process in Syria. Such a statement was made by Iranian...

US strategy and the business environment in Iran

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was signed in Oct 2015 between Iran and the six major nuclear powers: the US, UK, France,...
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Big data in China: From myth to political economy

Big data: A contested mythical narrative in a developing country Similar to in other parts of the world, big data entered China as a technical...
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China’s media in Africa: Expansion, perception, and reception

Chinese media has increased its footprint in Africa in recent years, which is widely seen as a way for China to extend its ‘soft...

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