Monthly Newsletter

By Allston Mitchell in Letters

Welcome to The Global Dispatches, This month David Elstein, director of three episodes of the seminal “The World At War” series, finds “Dunkirk” to be a powerful film but one shorn of historical context. Here he fills in the vital gaps – and finds some curious anomalies; Andries du Toit, the Director of the Institute […]

The meaning of Dunkirk

By David Elstein in Arts and Culture

Few movies made in Britain have been as successful as Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk”. Like many “British” films – and thanks to a generous tax credit scheme, coupled with a favourable exchange rate – “Dunkirk” was funded by a Hollywood studio (in this case, Warner Bros). But whereas so many of our most lucrative movies have […]

Hyper-political anti-politics

By Andries du Toit in Politics

In many parts of the world, there is a growing crisis in the hegemony of what has commonly been called the ‘neoliberal’ project and its domination of the global order. Whether we are talking about the unexpected lurches that have characterized British politics since Brexit, the crisis that seems to have descended on US governance […]

Brazil in the labyrinth

By Juliano Fiori in Politics

In today’s Brazil, everything is as it seems. The belly of politics has been turned inside out, its ghastly lining exposed, weeping fetid and corrosive juices into society’s sickly bloodstream. Conspiracy is a palpable practice, not a theory. Social and news media are primary battlegrounds. Stealth loses its currency, and political advantage is determined by […]

Dubai and Gwadar: economic war in the Gulf of Oman

By Tariq al-Shammari in Features

Many economic analysts believe that Gwadar is another Dubai emerging on the world’s map. The controversial issue here is that an economically powerful Gwadar threatens the strategic influence of Dubai in the region. This challenging point, recently, has caused a silent economic war in the Gulf of Oman between two groups of countries. Pakistan, China […]

Transition to clean technology

By D. Acemoglu, U. Akcigit, D. Hanley, W. Kerr in Environment

It wasn’t long ago – just last year, in fact – that a German car executive described Tesla Motors as “a joke that can’t be taken seriously compared to the great car companies of Germany” (Kirschbaum 2016). These days, Telsa has a higher market cap than Ford Motor company, and we see rapid progress in […]

Historical roots of China’s industrial revolution

By Peter Lavelle in Features

Headlines about smoggy skies in Beijing regularly draw attention to China’s current environmental crisis. Observers rightly associate some of these problems with the rapid economic development of recent decades. Yet they ought to look back to the late nineteenth century for clues about the origins of China’s industrialisation and its modern environmental predicament. Chinese people […]

Japan’s ‘glass ceiling’ and ‘sticky floor’

By Hiromi Hara in Features

As in many countries, the gender wage gap has long drawn the attention of policymakers, researchers, and business people in Japan. Figure 1 shows that male and female wages in Japan have been converging since 1990. However, as of 2014, the Japanese wage gap was the third highest after those of Korea and Estonia (among […]

Natural Rights in the Age of Domination

By Carlos Cuellar Brown in Environment

The theory that individual rights were inherited and endowed by nature as an inalienable right is a big assumption. In this scheme, preferential divine rights were extracted from natural law. The argument goes that in a state of nature we are not social creatures but rather co-exist in disorder and anarchy, therefore we must identify […]

Newsletter – August 2017

By Allston Mitchell in Letters

Welcome to The Global Dispatches, Dani Rodrik, the Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard University looks at the economics that underpin the populist backlash; Prem Shankar Jha, a New Delhi based author and journalist explains why the climate change cause is not lost; Natalia Antonova on the power of the films of […]

Behind The Saudi-Qatari spat

By Ebrahim Deen and Na’eem Jeenah in Politics

The 5th of June decision by Saudi Arabia (KSA) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and their allies and proxies – Egypt, Bahrain, the Maldives, Mauritania and rival governments in Libya and Yemen – to sever diplomatic and other links with Qatar can be read as payback for Qatar’s support of the wave of uprisings […]

Andrei Zvyagintsev: not your token Russian

By Natalia Antonova in Arts and Culture

When a top-down political system adopts fake news and general disinformation as policy, sincere sentiment can be automatically politicised — simply because it has a way of cutting through the bullshit. The same goes for humour, especially the really good and really pointed kind of humor. This politicisation isn’t just performed by the state itself. […]

Macron and absolute responsibility

By Patrice de Beer in Politics

French President Emmanuel Macron has won his ambitious and unlikely bet. After having been elected president last May at the age of 39, he now holds an absolute majority in the National Assembly, with 350 seats out of 577 – his own movement, La République En Marche (LREM), having 308 MPs, the rest being held […]

The Coming Conflict with Iran

By John Feffer in Politics

The Saudi war in Yemen is really directed at…Iran. Donald Trump’s first overseas visit to Saudi Arabia and Israel was specifically targeted at…Iran. The Saudi-led isolation of Qatar is actually about…Iran. The escalation of U.S. military actions against the Syria government is… well, do I really need to spell this out any further? Donald Trump […]

The Spike in Killings of Mexican Journalists

By Giulia McDonnell Nieto Del Rio in Features

“Let them kill us all, if that is the death sentence for reporting this hell. No to silence.” That was Mexican journalist Javier Valdez’s defiant reaction to the brutal killing of his journalist colleague Miroslava Breach, who was gunned down in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico this spring. Less than two months later, on May […]

Economics of the populist backlash

By Dani Rodrik in Economics and Finance

Populism appears to be a recent phenomenon, but it has been on the rise for quite some time (Figure 1). Despite recent setbacks in the polls in the Netherlands and France, it is doubtful that populism will be going away. The world’s economic-political order appears to be at an inflection point, with its future direction […]

The Desert of Forbidden Art

The Desert of Forbidden Art



Wanted in Europe

Wanted in Europe