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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 Theperspective.se 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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“Chinese Democracy is the World’s Best Democracy”

Xi Jinping is a highly experienced bureaucrat, and worked as a local leader in Shaanxi province. Source: Kremlin.ru.

This article is a part of The Perspective’s Open Mind Theme week. The aim of this week is to broaden perspectives and reveal new angles of subjects you may have thought were crystal clear. The views expressed here do not necessarily represent the views of The Perspective or the Association of Foreign Affairs …

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Strategy or Ambiguity? Taiwan-China Relations in the Age of Trump

Before even having time to organize his sock drawer in the White House, Donald Trump managed to endanger US relations with China and broke the policy tradition that had seen six presidents before him come and go. Traditionally, the US has acknowledged the One China Policy while engaging in trade …

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Same, Same, But Different – the Future of the Saami People

The Saami are an indigenous people who have lived in an area in the northern hemisphere referred to as Sápmi for about a thousand years. In time this area came to be divided into modern-day Sweden, Finland, Norway and Russia. A debate is currently raging among the Saami, on account …

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Peace and Poverty in Somaliland

When it comes to Third World civil wars, Somalia has long been seen as the worst-case scenario. However, on 8 February this year Somalia held their second presidential election since the civil war broke out in 1991. During decades as a collapsed state and in conflict, Somalia has faced chaos …

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Exit, Pursued by a Bear

Belarus is sometimes regarded as Europe’s last dictatorship, though that sentiment seems a little optimistic now. Since taking power in a 1994 election on a promise to drain the Belarusian swamp, Alexander Lukashenko has turned his country into a time capsule on the edge of the continent. Western journalists periodically …

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Mind the Gap – the Issue of Growing Inequality

The issue of growing inequality has become more and more pressing in the last few years. Three years ago, the poorest 50 percent of the world owned as much as the 85 richest people. This year, the eight wealthiest men of the world own an amount equal to that of …

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