What drives an individual to want to join a terrorist organisation and commit acts of violence against innocent people? Drawing on studies across a range of terrorist groups, Saliha Metinsoy outlines some of the reasons that emerge. Among them, she highlights a disconnection from society on one hand and a search for solidarity on the other as being important […]
Occupy protests are one of the major global political waves of our time. But what was their impact? Alper Yagci highlights the link between the recession, inequality, and the Occupy movement, and writes that although the institutional impact might not have been immediately obvious, the wider political change Occupy facilitated is now becoming clearer.
The movement emerged late in 2011, […]
While the strength of the US-UK ‘special relationship’ has waxed and waned in recent years, many have viewed it as being generally beneficial. Peter Harris writes on one major casualty of the special relationship – the Chagos Islanders. Evicted from their home nearly 50 years ago, the Chagos Islands were converted into the US military base, Diego Garcia. Despite […]
Despite major changes in gender representation, the UK continues to exhibit large disparities in power and representation between men and women. Here, Nicola Lacey shares findings from the final report of the LSE’s Commission on Gender, Inequality and Power, and recommends that quotas – particularly when it comes to political representation – are necessary for meaningful progress.
The LSE Commission on […]
Book Review: The Question of Peace in Modern Political Thought edited by Toivo Koivukoski and David Edward Tabachnick
Can the study of peace be separated from the study of war? In The Question of Peace in Modern Political Thought, editors Toivo Koivukoski and David Edward Tabachnick attempt to present an interrogation of peace as an independent strand of philosophical inquiry. While Alexander Blanchard suggests that challenging the conflation of the study of war and of peace may […]
Islamic State: The Digital Caliphate provides detailed answers to a number of pressing questions: What exactly is ISIS? Where did it come from? Who is behind it? How does it function? What are the reasons for its success? Daniel Falkiner welcomes the rich description and analysis and finds Abdel Bari Atwan does an admirable job of explaining the ways Islamic State exploits 21st century […]
Outlining the evolving institutional architecture of the post-1945 era, Aftermath: The Makers of the Postwar World is a finely researched synthesis that will be useful for historians, diplomats, and international relations scholar, finds Jeff Roquen. Richard Crowder cuts through the highly contentious layers of historiographical debate on the origins of the Cold War and recaptures the context of the monumental policy decisions […]
Book Review: The Butterfly Defect: How Globalization Creates Systemic Risks, and What to Do about It
The increasing connectivity of people in the world is cause for joy and concern, according to scholars Ian Goldin and Mike Mariathasan in their new book, The Butterfly Defect: How Globalization Creates Systemic Risks, and What to Do about It writes Alex Verkhivker. The authors draw on the premise that micro distresses in any economic system, whether it be energy or […]