Publications

Appreciating OBOR's normative and subjective dimensions implies a recognition of civilisational identities. (Credit: Inka Andelin/Flickr)

A new match: Dialogue of Civilisations and One Belt, One Road

The One Belt, One Road initiative could enhance material prosperity across the world. But without engaging the shared spiritual resources of the diverse communities it encompasses, its full potential will not be realised. The spiritual...
Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at the Forum on China-Africa cooperation in December 2015. (Credit: GovernmentZA/Flickr)

China’s economic transformation

At the end of 1976, China was, by and large, an agricultural country with a hefty 82.6% of its population living in the countryside, the majority in absolute poverty. After a decade of the...
Parthenon and Herodium construction, Acropolis Hill, Athens. (Credit: Romas_ph/Bigstock)

Statecraft: How the economics of civilisation can rescue the global economy

Our world is at a dangerous crossroads. The post-World War Two settlement is dissolving. Governments are having to learn how to adjust to a multi-polar world. We need to avoid repetition of the autarky...
Uzbek and Tajik migrants in Russia, September 2008. (Credit: Fred. S/Flickr)

The problems of Central Asian migration to Russia

When we consider that over three percent of the world’s population lives outside their country of origin, and almost half of them from less developed countries, the importance of examining migration more closely becomes...
Mass protests against corruption in Brazil. Rio, June 2013. (Credit: Sebástian Freire/Flickr)

Vertical barbarism: The new wave

Our era is closely connected with the ‘digital revolution’ that has irreversibly extended humanity’s capacity for progress. This is especially clear when one compares the digital revolution with innovations across the entirety of human...
Ruined by war. Aleppo, June 2017. (Credit: SebDech/Flickr)

Where are US-Russia relations headed?

Paul Saunders: Let me start with Ukraine. The Trump administration recently approved the sale of certain lethal weapons to the Ukrainian government. You are familiar with a number of senior Russian officials. Do you...
The global influence of civil society is as never before. (Credit: Max776/Bigstock)

Civil society and public institutions in international multi-stakeholder cooperation

The Transatlantic Business Council, the cities of Tokyo, Sao Paulo, and New York, Mafia organization, groups of hacktivists, the anti-death penalty network, and the traditional family values network, as well as the United Cities...
Paradigms In Flux

A Post-Liberal World?

After Brexit and the victory of Donald Trump, the liberal world seems to lie in tatters: economic globalisation is in retreat while among the anti-establishment insurgencies many reactionaries and in some countries even neo-fascists...
Refugees approach the Greek island of Lesbos. (Credit: Steve Evans/Flickr)

European migration management: A plan of action

Everyone agrees that the European Union has not handled the ongoing Mediterranean migration crisis well. Missteps and missed opportunities have split Member States and eroded public confidence in the capacity of the Union. It...
Peshmerga fighter in northern Iraq, September 2014. (Credit: Kurdishstruggle/Flickr)

What do the riots in northern Iraq mean?

During a December visit to Germany by Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, serious internal disturbances were taking place back in Iraqi Kurdistan. Demonstrations and clashes with law enforcement took place mainly in and around...