How Abiy Ahmed Won the Nobel Peace Prize – and Lost the Trust of His People

About one year ago Abiy Ahmed, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, travelled to Oslo to receive the Nobel Peace Prize 2019. The committee honoured him with the award “for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with

The Rising China and the Ruling United States: Cooperation or Confrontation?

This article is a contribution from Mehdi Ghavideldostkohi, lecturer at Lund University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies. China’s extraordinary economic growth, military power and attentive diplomacy can be considered an epochal change in international relations. The “Rise of China” debate in the United States indicates that China would become a

Chinese Democracy: The denial and convenience of religious freedom in Communist China

Over the past few years, the Chinese population has experienced a severe tightening of religious freedom. This has led to mass incarceration in Xinjiang, the ban on Islam related symbols in Beijing restaurants and the arrest of prominent “house church” leaders, to name only a few events. However, among these