‘Don’t tell me things can’t change’: Biden’s First 100 Days

In this post, Michael Reynolds explores President Joe Biden’s first 100 days in office. He compares Biden’s efforts to rescue the American economy from the COVID-19 pandemic to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal and his battle to end the Great Depression. He also discusses Biden’s emerging progressivism and the ways it is similar and different to Roosevelt’s.


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The Biden Administration and European Strategic Autonomy

In this post, Greg O’Meara examines the US policy toward European security and defence integration. He argues that this integration, and calls for ‘European strategic autonomy,’ are better understood as a response to American demands for greater European contributions to international security rather than intractable fractures in the Atlantic Alliance. 


In the lead up to the US election last November, […]

March 26th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Religion and Feminism? A way to look at their relationship from an intersectional and postcolonial view

In this post, Jessica Albrecht explores the intersection between religion and feminism in a colonial context. Using the example of transnational encounters between Buddhist and theosophist women in 19th century Sri Lanka, she argues that religion and feminism need not be mutually exclusive.


Religion often seems like a relic of times past, especially when judged from a secular feminist or European […]

March 16th, 2021|Uncategorized|1 Comment|

Review Essay | The People, No: A Brief History of Anti-Populism by Thomas Frank

Given the alarming recent support for reactionary Right-wing populist politicians around the world, discussions of populism as a cultural-political phenomenon have become increasingly important. In this detailed review, Andrew Urie reviews Thomas Frank’s book The People, No: A Brief History of Anti-Populism (2020), which provides an engaging history of American populism and its Left-wing potential.

Thomas Frank has long been one […]

March 10th, 2021|Uncategorized|1 Comment|

An Old Frontier: What Cold War Women Can Tell Us About Global Health and Vaccine Diplomacy

In this post, Alex Penler explores the role of American diplomatic wives in historical U.S. global health and vaccine efforts. She argues that these initiatives are important manifestations of U.S. public diplomacy that can create strong ties between the United States and peoples around the world. 


Over the past few weeks, as pharmaceutical companies produce increasing numbers of COVID-19 vaccines, […]

It’s Time to Stop Looking for the Mahatma

In this post Anwesha Roy explores the historical significance of M. K. Gandhi’s philosophy for the nation. She argues that the current desire for another ‘Mahatma’ to lead India out of its current difficult times is contrary to Gandhi’s belief that self-reliance was the key to progress.


Every year, on 30th January, the Indian nation is collectively reminded of a […]

“Ulster Will Fight and Ulster Will be Right”: The DUP and the Zero-Sum Game of Constitutional Politics

Tárlach Russell examines the various ways in which Northern Irish Unionists have navigated constitutional changes and argues that Brexit has become the latest battleground in a zero-sum game paradigm by the DUP where any concessions to greater secure the institutions of Northern Ireland are perceived as attempts to undermine the Union.

In 1921, Edward Carson warned his successor as the leader […]

February 1st, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments|
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    The Disuniting Kingdom? Looking at the Meaning of the Nation in a Climactic Year

The Disuniting Kingdom? Looking at the Meaning of the Nation in a Climactic Year

In this post, Dan Taylor explores the historical trajectory of the concept of a British ‘nation’. He argues that, amidst resurgent nationalisms within the United Kingdom, we must stop ignoring the topic and work collectively to establish a collective identity fit for the British Islands in the 21st century.


We are witnessing the ‘slow death of Britain’, warns former […]

January 25th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments|
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    Bomber Command, and Coming to Terms with Uncomfortable History

Bomber Command, and Coming to Terms with Uncomfortable History

In this post, Malcolm Cavanagh looks at the legacy of RAF Bomber Command from the Second World War. He argues that Bomber Command’s role in the war is one of the most controversial aspects of Allied strategy, but that reckoning with it is important for public discourses on how modern wars should be waged. 


Across the street from LSE’s Clement House, […]

January 15th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments|
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    Indonesia’s Mujahidin Timur, Past and Present: Peripheral Jihad Against a Broader Social History

Indonesia’s Mujahidin Timur, Past and Present: Peripheral Jihad Against a Broader Social History

In this article Charles Baker examines the historical roots of Indonesia’s Mujahidin Indonesia Timur, a militant jihadi organisation. He argues that the state must address major socio-economic discrepancies and perceptions of neglect in order to tackle movements propagated by organisations like MIT. 

Over the past four years in Poso, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia’s security forces have been engaged in a protracted […]

December 4th, 2020|Uncategorized|1 Comment|