In this post Stephanie Nicolle examines the histories of language in Sri Lanka and analyses the implications of the growing presence of Mandarin on public signage in the country. She explores the relationship between language and political power and provides a critique of how language omissions are symptomatic of projects that promote one language.
A signboard at the Attorney General’s (AG) […]
In this post, Ben Wynne historicises the term ‘Global Britain’ in the 20th century. He argues that there is nothing new about the sentiment behind this phrase and suggests it should not be dismissed as a recent invention of Brexit supporters.
Britain’s decision to leave the European Union is often put down to a desire to regain something of its […]
In this post, Matteo Bulzomi explores Israel’s use of its intelligence services to achieve its diplomatic and foreign policy goals. He argues that Israel’s intelligence capabilities are key for understanding its external affairs and relationships with foreign countries, especially the United States.
Israel’s position in the international panorama has always been problematic. The never-solved Palestinian issue is the main cause […]
In this post Camilo Arango Duque examines the enduring legacy of the Physiocratic School and argues that its impact on politics and policy in South America needs to be addressed in order to ensure greater environmental protection.
Physiocracy is a French economic school that originated in the 18th century during the Enlightenment. The initial recognition gained by its postulates was brief and waned in […]
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.
The fact […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]