January, 2015

  • 26 January

    Crimea’s Vanishing Religious Communities

    Re-registration requirements and other red tape are driving out priests, nuns, even visiting imams.

  • 25 January

    Why the Greek Election Is So Important

    Europe has its first far-left party since the financial crisis. What is Syriza and why does it matter? Will Greece really leave the euro? All your questions answered.

  • 25 January

    View from Africa: Is Nigeria Too Big to Fail?

    The destruction of Boko Haram will not necessarily lead to a more peaceful and stable Nigeria. The extremist group rose out of a toxic brew of corruption, religion, politics and ethno-regionalism, in which struggles over Nigeria’s vast oil revenues have played out for decades.

  • 23 January

    Death of King Abdullah: A Succession Story

    The passing of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia will change little in the kingdom and its relations with the West.

  • 21 January

    Europe and Muslims

    Far-right parties in European countries are increasing their share of votes and becoming more influential in the decision-making processes.

  • 15 January

    Controversy over Massacre in Nigerian Town

    Were 2,000 people killed or the toll was 150 in the Islamist militant group Boko Haram attack on northern Nigerian town of Baga and nearby villages in early January.

  • 14 January

    Taiwan’s Young Rise Up

    Young Taiwanese, inspired by the Sunflower Movement to become more politically active and serve as government watchdogs, played a crucial role in determining the outcome of Taiwan’s recent elections.

  • 12 January

    Charlie Hebdo: Middle East Blowback?

    The Charlie Hebdo killings, whatever their connections to the current wars in the Middle East, were acts of terrorism that should be handled by law enforcement. Blowback from these wars has so far been minimal in Europe. By resisting narratives of civilizational conflict and pushing for a ceasefire in the Syrian war, European governments can do even more to reduce the threat of this blowback.

  • 7 January

    Paris Terrorist Attack is Europe’s 9/11

    The Paris attack is touching the nerves of European politicians, as if to test their patience and maturity regarding Muslim communities in their countries. The attack could antagonize the European stance regarding not only the radical Islamist groups, but also all Islamic communities, even in their own countries.

  • 6 January

    Gambia Coup Didn’t Just Fail, It Backfired

    The aftermath of the failed coup in the Gambia has reached the USA, where two alleged plotters are being put on trial by US authorities. This is the best case scenario for Gambia’s president-for-life Yahya Jammeh, who survives with his power reinforced by a de facto American endorsement.