The New York Times’ (12/10/13) Parag Khanna opines about the world of the future, where nation-states have become obsolete. The New York Times (09/10/13) also reports on the growing extremism in Kenya, in particular among the country’s “own neglected, disaffected Muslim population.” The Global Jewish News Source (08/10/13) analyses the political milieu in Quebec and … [Read more…]
Globe and Mail (12/09/13) reports that Québécois MP, Maria Mourani, has been kicked out of her Parti Québécois for denouncing the party’s Charter of Quebec Values as discriminatory. The National Post (13/09/13) comments on the subject and on the Charter’s widespread condemnation by other Canadian leaders. RiaNovosti (11/09/13) reports on a recent national poll in Russia, … [Read more…]
In today’s selection of past article we reflect on the difference a century makes to two of the nationalisms which cropped up in last week’s news: those of Russia and Albania. The Relevance of Kohn’s Dichotomy to the Russian Nineteenth-Century Concept of Nationalism Volume 8, Issue 3, pages 560–578, December 2008 This article challenges the common distinction between a … [Read more…]
Russia Beyond the Headlines (28/07/13) reports on Russia’s new 28-point strategy to deal with the country’s ethnic conflict, entitled “Strategy of the State National Policy of the Russian Federation for the period up to 2025”. New York Times (23/07/13) analyzes the nationalism of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in light of the landslide victory of … [Read more…]
Oman Tribune (13/7/12) reports on the fighting in South Sudan, which could spiral into “outright sectarian conflict”. The Diplomat (12/7/13) provides an insightful analysis on the causes of the recent spates of violence and protests by China’s ethnic Muslim population, and how it relates to the country’s economic expansion and increase in global power.
In our latest instalment, Dr. Elizabeth Teague discusses challenging one’s preconceptions, reading Chekhov for preparatory work — and bringing along plenty of Scottish shortbread; in other words, how to adjust to life as an employee at a foreign embassy in Russia.