The Googleplex in Mountain View, California. (Credit: Robbie Shade/Flickr)

Political systems as pragmatic cybernetics

It is always difficult for policy to deal with systemic change. But systemic changes should not be seen as threats but as opportunities. Whoever exploits...
Qingxiu District, Nanning, capital of Guangxi province, China (Credit: Creative Family/Bigstock)

Renting the Silk Road

To achieve optimum levels of efficiency, complex societies need the support of efficient hierarchies of decision-making. People in the formative phases of the first civilisations...
Bagmane Tech Park in Bangalore, India. (Credit: noppasin wongchum/Bigstock)

Constructing a new global communication order

In the dynamic and digitised 24/7 globalised multi-media age, the one-way vertical flow of media and communication products – from the West to the...
Palestine: The Middle East’s longest-running revolutionary struggle. (Credit: Joel Schalit/Flickr)

Revolution: A permanent feature of politics

We are accustomed to thinking of revolutions in terms of great historical episodes of violent transformation that arose in the past: the French Revolution...
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...
Shanghai skyline at night. (Credit: outcast85/Bigstock)

Globalisation in a new form

Jayshree Sengupta discusses the fate of globalisation, contrasting the expansion of global trade from the 1800s to the twentieth century post-War era, with more...
The main domestic issues for Azerbaijan — often labelled a 'post-Soviet rentier state'— are corruption, nepotism, and the curse of the petro-states. (Credit: Marco Fieber/Flickr)

European energy security: Challenges in diversifying and decarbonising

European energy supply security has long been a geopolitical and geo-economic issue and has become a key concern for the EU. Over the last...
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Reformatting the Middle East

In the year 2011, the Middle East entered a convoluted new phase of political and economic turmoil. This has led to a number of...
Thanks to the Martyrs; placard near army lines in Cairo, December 2011. (Credit: Alisdare Hickson/Flickr)

The Arab Spring and the securitisation of space

A decade on from 9/11, the Arab Spring provoked another round of repressive state security measures. In their response to the popular uprisings of 2011,...

Paradoxes of happiness

There is evidence that income and wealth inequalities are positively associated with happiness, as measured by the happiness index, and negatively associated with suicide...


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