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Friday
Mar162012

Burmese Days

The spate of reforms implemented in recent months by the government of Burma has raised the prospects of the country returning from pariah status.  The changes have been dramatic, and highlight broader concerns about

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Thursday
Feb162012

Rushdie Redux

As a symbol of free expression under threat, Salman Rushdie has become a fetish for liberals, who not only consider it blasphemy to criticize this wealthy and influential author, but also require a ritual condemnation of

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Monday
Jan302012

Does Salman Rushdie Exist?

The recent controversy over Salman Rushdie’s non-appearance at the Jaipur Literary Festival has been widely understood in the stereotyped terms of a threat to the freedom of expression. The belligerence of those

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Tuesday
Jan172012

Middle East Food Security and Climate Change  

The global problems of food insecurity and climate change are in many ways entangled. As is well known, climate change is projected to severely impact global food security. Few, however, realise that agriculture,

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Friday
Jan062012

The State of International Organisation

The year that just passed might very well be the most equivocal in some time.  International institutions performed quite ably in several cases, helping to mitigate crises and facilitate political change. They also did

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Friday
Jan062012

Our Complicated Love-Hate Relationship With Robots

The official end of the Iraq war came quietly at the end of a tumultuous year, and with the now-obligatory shots of the last units to roll across the border into Kuwait, a reversal of how it started in 2003. Only, we didn't

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Wednesday
Nov302011

Washington's Return To Asia

The Obama administration has stated that the US has returned to Asia.  An article by Hilary Clinton in the November edition of Foreign Policy magazine made clear Washington’s intentions of focusing on the region.

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