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Stalemate in Italy

After one of the most pivotal Italian elections in recent history, Filippo Gamba examines the consequences of the election results and analyses what they...

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The Sahara at the crossroads

Berny Sèbe examines the regional, cultural and strategic factors relevant to the current crisis in Mali

The Televisa effect: villains wanted

Why did Mexicans, who voted the ‘perfect dictatorship’ out just twelve years ago, simply vote them back in? Lila Caballero on the key factors...

Cheerleading for Egypt

Jeff Howard explains why, on the day of the country's first presidential election, our praise for Egypt is not premature.

Thinking Slow not Fast

Jeff Howard lays the foundations for a public theory of immigration

Libya Counterpoint

From Tripoli With Love

Catherine Fieschi reports from a city buzzing with contradictions, but steeled with many of the cultural codes it needs to meet the challenges it...

Fantasy Populism

Jeff Howard explores the misunderstandings that are fuelling populist outrage, and the challenges faced by post-industrial liberal democracies.

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The Morning After the Decade Before

Much of the world seems to have woken up this January with the sense that the post-911 decade is well and truly...


Does the Occupy/Indignados movement matter? And if so how? Catherine Fieschi on the protests that are sweeping the developed world and what...

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The Italian Job:  learning to cope with populists?

We are at turning point in the way in which the mainstream deals with populists.   For those of us who have been studying...

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Bonne Année – Local realities of migration: emotions, institutions, conflict and cooperation

Counterpoint explored local and personal experiences of migration in communities across four European countries (France, Germany, Sweden and Italy), and here we set out...


Tentacles of Circumstance: The Political Consequences of Inequality

To explore the complex effects of inequality on European societies, this collection brings together essays by scholars of economic history, sociology, psychology and philosophy....