The Limits of Diplomacy

Syria and Iran highlight the limits of traditional diplomacy, Russia seems immune to criticism in the UN Security Council. According to the White House, "all options are on the table". But how should the world interact with autocratic regimes?

Another Round of Poker...

Tensions are rising again over Iran’s nuclear program. But mounting internal and external pressures may yet make Tehran willing to negotiate a peaceful end to this crisis.

The Return of Cold War...

Amidst all the uncertainty in the Middle East, two truths emerge: Big power politics has returned to the forefront of international diplomacy. And the solution to the Syrian and Iranian crises will be found not in the middle East, but on the border between Russia and China.

In Libya, A New World ...

The Libyan war is not about oil, nor it is not about democracy. It is the new world order at work. The idea of national sovereignty is becoming obsolete in the face of humanitarian interventions. What matters now is a government's legitimacy, not a nation's borders.

The Costs of Corruptio...

Corruption is often portrayed as a problem of developing countries. However, multinational companies and banks often fuel corruption by bribing government officials and facilitating money laundering. Their tool? An opaque global financial system. Who benefits? Tax evaders, organised crime and corrup

The Worth Of Values...

A genuine debate on how to engage with authoritarian regimes is long overdue. EU member states focus on their own commercial and security interests under the pretext of political reform. We should hold our governments accountable for their promise of a value-based foreign policy. Catherine Ashton's


Most People Are Rationally Ignorant

What decisions would we make if we deliberated carefully about public policy? Alexander Görlach sat down with Stanford's James Fishkin to discuss deliberative democracy, parliamentary discontent, and the future of the two-party system.

A Violent Tea Party?

For many Europeans the massacre in Arizona is another evidence that political violence is spreading in the United States but this unfortunate event was the deed of a mentally ill person, not a political activist. There is no evidence of an increasing political extremism tearing America apart. Using

Passage to India

The US and Russia don't agree on much - but they are both keen to develop a good relationship with India. How do we know? Look at the arms trade.

"Cities are making us more human"

More than 50 percent of the world's population now live in cities – and there is no end of urbanization in sight. Harvard economist Edward Glaeser believes urbanization to be a solution to many unanswered problems: pollution, depression and a lack of creativity. He spoke with Lars Mensel about the

No Glove, No Love

Contrary to the mantras repeated by the press, HIV infections are not increasing. We need to move away from activist scare tactics and towards complex risk management strategies.

Perfection Is Not A Useful Concept

Nick Bostrom directs the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He talked with Martin Eiermann about existential risks, genetic enhancements and the importance of ethical discourses about technological progress.

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