Australia’s Carmichael Coal Mine: Slow Dancing in a Burning Room?

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“Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them” – George Orwell. The Australian government’s approval in April of the Carmichael Coal and Rail Project, just 3 months after ratifying the Paris Agreement on climate change, illustrates a paradox at the …

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The Continuation of Genocide in Modern Times

When we hear genocide, most people primarily think of the Holocaust, Arbeit Macht Frei, gas chambers. Some people would also consider the machete-wielding murderers in Rwanda, perhaps mention the Khmer Rouge, Srebrenica and perhaps even the Armenian death marches of the early 20th century. A few may bring up mass …

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Paradigm Shifts – How the Far Right Co-opted Leftism

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2016 was a year of tectonic change in geopolitics: Brexit, and president Trump, two possibilities that had previously been seen by many as, respectively, unlikely and absurd. Parallel to the unfolding of these events, we saw the rise of a trend that was put under the label of “populist far …

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Breaking the Glass Ceiling or Making it Shine – Womenomics in Japan

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has vowed to revive the Japanese economy that has been in recession for more than two decades. Japan is facing severe demographic challenges due to its rapidly shrinking workforce. Abe wants to tackle this problem through robots and yes… women! With his trademark policy measures known …

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Silencing Critics – The War on Media Freedom

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The future political direction of the United States seems to be one of the big discussion topics on everyone’s minds today. The superpower is currently undergoing major political changes under the rein of its new president, which have caused heated debates both within the US as well as internationally. One …

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Where Girls Run the World – Matriarchy as a Reaction

There are few women in the world who do not recognise and adapt to patriarchal structures in their society. As far as we have come in the fight for equality and women’s rights, most still live in a man’s world. However, there are places where women have the power, both …

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Let’s Call It A Democracy: The Upcoming Referendum in Turkey

Disclaimer: The views expressed here are solely those of the author, and do not necessarily represent the views of or the Association of Foreign Affairs Lund. Turkish politics have been quite fluctuant in recent years. AK Party government which was seen as a democratic role model for Islamic countries …

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The Dutch Keep Their Enemies Closer

The Dutch elections of March 15th attracted a lot of international attention. Were the Dutch going to defeat right-wing populism? Or were they going to hop on the anti-immigrant/anti-establishment/anti-EU bandwagon like the Americans and the British have done over the past few months? When the centre-right People’s Party for Freedom …

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A Presidential Candidate of One’s Own: Ethnic Block Votes in Kenya

Like many others, the Kenyan election is usually not well-covered in international media, which is a pity since it has many interesting components. On top of the constant rumors of corruption and a current president charged with crimes against humanity, there is also an interesting voting system in place. Most likely, ethnic …

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French Presidential Election – Make it or Break it for the European Union?

Nationalism, populism and racism are increasing across both Europe and the rest of the Western world. The presidential election in the United States and the Brexit referendum in Britain taught us that the outcome of free elections cannot be predicted in advance. Later this spring, France will elect their new president, …

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