China must step up on climate leadership

By Joanna Lewis - Li Shuo in Environment

Presidents Trump and Xi are scheduled to meet today at Mar-a Lago, Florida, and given the tense state of US-China relations and the political leanings of the Trump administration there is much at stake for cooperation between the countries on the climate agenda – the most important bilateral relationship in the world. To maintain it, both […]

French tragedy or farce: Part 1

By Philippe Marlière in Politics

Phillipe Marlière introduced his blow by blow account of the 2012 French presidential elections thus: ‘Charles de Gaulle once said that the French presidential election was “an encounter between the nation and a man” (sic). There is much more to it though. I invite you to follow my journey: analysis of results, as well as […]

Gertrude Bell: the tragedy of her Baghdad letters

By Tony Curzon Price in Features

The conservative historian David Pryce-Jones says that “those who marched in European capitals to demonstrate against the war with Saddam Hussein were Gertrude Bell’s heirs, even if they have no idea who she might have been”. It is not a compliment coming from him. The quote is from his book, “The Treason of the Heart” […]

Why is she “frit”?

By Anthony Barnett in Politics

So, the prime minister is for turning. The reason Theresa May gave for her ‘cut and run’ general election does not convince. The personal cost to her will be very great. Huge, of course, if she loses. This is most unlikely – but nothing is impossible if Labour pro-remain voters swing behind the Lib Dems […]

Newsletter – April 2017

By Allston Mitchell in Letters

Welcome to The Global Dispatches, This month Bahar Hamedani looks back on the life of the iconic Iranian singer Elahe; Bendicò reviews the latest movie by Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki “The Other Side of Hope”; Jan Zielonka, Professor of European Politics at the University of Oxford and author of Is the EU Doomed? looks at who […]

Elahe – Voice of an Angel

By Mitra Hooshiar in Arts and Culture

I spent most of my childhood in Hamadan, a cold, windy city in the mountains southwest of Tehran. I was the youngest member of my family, growing up among adults in the 60s and 70s, and there was nothing for kids to do on cold afternoons except stay home. While my mother worked away at […]

Aki Kaurismaki’s “The Other Side of Hope”

By Bendicò in Arts and Culture

Aki Kaurismaki has returned with the second part of his trilogy that began with  the 2011 Le Havre in which a down-at-heel shoe-shiner helps a young African boy steer clear of the police. In “The Other Side of Hope” migrants are again the centre of the story.  Khaled (acted by Sherwan Haji), is a Syrian […]

Brexit: yes, you will suffer as well

By Jan Zielonka in Politics

It is official now. The United Kingdom has invoked Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and will leave the European Union. Don’t take it lightly — this is not fake news, this is a historic event which will change Europe and your own situation dramatically. Disintegration of the continent is moving at full speed and […]

Samskara: A Rite for a Dead Man

By Lev Myshkin in Arts and Culture

Udupi Rajagopalacharya Ananthamurthy’s masterpiece was originally published in 1965.  The title is a complex affair with multiple meanings including: funeral rites; refinement; purification and a ceremony. The translation of the book is by the poet and scholar  A.K. Ramanujan who brings to life this struggle between the sacred and profane, the pure and impure and […]

Economic growth in the US: A tale of two countries

By Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez, Gabriel Zucman in Economics and Finance

The rise of economic inequality is one of the most hotly debated issues today in the US (Furman 2016) and indeed in the world. Yet economists and policymakers alike face important limitations when trying to measure and understand the rise of inequality. One major problem is the disconnect between macroeconomics and the study of economic […]

The war in Yemen: two years old and maturing?

By Helen Lackner in Politics

Two years ago, on 26 March 2015, the Saudi-led coalition started aerial attacks on Yemen, transforming a civil war into an international conflict with the predictable result: humanitarian disaster, intensification of the fighting, a far higher casualty toll, no exit strategy, much nonsense in international political circles and the media. Officially there are now some […]

Send them to Egypt

By Jack Shenker in Politics

I never knew Giulio Regeni. I wish I had; his research was important and fascinating, and everyone close to him recalls a funny, warm and deeply humane young man. But when news of his disappearance first spread in those sickening days following the January 25 anniversary in 2016, I felt like I knew him. Part of the reason I felt that way, I think, is […]

Modi marches on amid hope and fear

By L K Sharma in Politics

Any foreign correspondent who came to India to cover the state elections must stay on to report on this land of miracles. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is being called ‘Magic Man’ after he won the largest state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) for his Hindu nationalist party, the BJP. The voters gave an overwhelming mandate to […]

Newsletter – March 2017

By Allston Mitchell in Letters

Welcome to The Global Dispatches, This month we are a bit top-heavy politically speaking which may come as no surprise. Mehmet Ugur Professor of Economics and Institutions at the University of Greenwich takes us through tumultuous events in Turkey; a couple of articles by John Feffer, Director of Foreign Policy In Focus, on the current […]

Turkey, sick man of Europe, reappears?

By Mehmet Ugur in Politics

In 1852, John Russell was using his political sabbatical to make the case for the approaching Crimean War with Russia. To add spice to his writings, he revealed that the Russian Tsar described the Ottoman Empire as the ‘Sick Man of Europe’. In the same year, in The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon, Marx articulated […]

The Dutch elections – making sense of its fractures

By Markha Valenta in Politics

Much to everyone’s surprise, it turns out that this is not the election we expected. At the start of the campaign season, with the right-wing populist Geert Wilders riding high in the polls, the prediction had been that it would come down to a race between the conservative Liberals and Geert Wilders’ populist, right-wing Party […]

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Wanted in Europe

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