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Analyzing where foreign policy, social change, and popular culture overlap.

The Politics of Prejud...

A look at attitudes about Greece.

Democratic Default?...

Greece’s endless eleventh hour agreements and continued resistance to bailout package terms have many wondering what next steps the country should take.

Game of Groans...

Elections in the United Kingdom have been disappointing for nearly everyone.

From Stocks and Bonds ...

Reluctance aside, the world still needs an American superpower.

Unpopular Sovereignty ...

Our best hope for proper civic engagement is state sovereignty. But many confuse it with a dangerous sense of nationalism.

Unpopular Sovereignty ...

Nationhood, and the way we perceive it, is potentially the most controversial topic of the 21st century.

Both sides now...

We need to have more empathy for people that suffer from addiction, as well as more appreciation for the people who do the dirty work of enforcing drug laws.

Why are we Isolating R...

Perhaps a more distant Russia is not a good thing.

Grey Currency...

Aging populations are both a blessing and a curse. What will our world look like when old age becomes the norm?

England Prevails?...

Britain’s lukewarm approach to the European Union has done it more harm than either full integration or an outright departure ever could.

Drifting together...

How much do online communities affect geopolitics?

Telling the whole stor...

Islam, like any religion, needs effective critiques from believers and non-believers alike.


Communication Quarantine

Secretly checking emails, twittering from the restroom, online 24/7. How addicted to the "social media" phenomenon have we become? Markus Albert attempts to find out himself.

Google Almighty

Social media and Google are quickly becoming invaluable to our lives. By breaking with old structures, the little start-up emerged as the most dominant force of the Internet Age.

The Highlanders' Way

The Scottish National Party is governing from Edinburgh. Their central aim: independence from England. But this does not necessarily spell doom for the UK. Instead, we might see the emergence of new forms of partial sovereignty.

Tales from the Shire

The German federal government is relinquishing power to the EU in Brussels. Yet encouraged by the success of regional autonomy movements elsewhere, Bavarians want to bring politics back to Southern Germany - and closer to the people.

Moscow, Get Ready for Trouble

The long shadow of the Soviet Union can be felt even today. Around Russia, former republics and part-republics are experiencing turmoil across national and ethnic borders. If Moscow is not careful to play her cards right, destabilizing forces could soon become energized.

There is Always Room for Mysteries

Our understanding of the universe is continuously expanding. But every question that is solved only leads to new questions. Alexander Goerlach talked to Sir Martin Rees about astronomy, scientific certainty, and the role of religion in contemporary society.

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