Posts tagged with "Europe"



Op ed for the Arizona Daily Star. For fans of direct democracy, the recent Brexit vote is good news. The majority of British people took the course of the nation into their own hands and voted against the advice of every major international institution, politician and expert. The UK is leaving the EU after 43 years, not because of some political crisis or diplomatic wrangle, but because the British people opted for this option in a national referendum. As an exercise in direct democracy, the...
Many European observers had initially hoped the Arab Spring would lead to similar democratic outcomes in the Middle East and North Africa as occurred in the 1990s across Central and Eastern Europe, but we now know it did not. According to Freedom House, the countries in the MENA region are less free now than they were before the protests began. Libya and Syria are de facto failed states, and Egypt is under military rule; Tunisia is the lone exception. Meanwhile, those regimes that stayed in...
Hello and welcome. I wanted to start this writing outlet for a long time and am glad it is coming to life. The blog will visualize my inner debate and thoughts during my daily reading sessions. It is impossible to write about all of them - but just the ones that follow me around for some time. Topics will be centered around my research interest - Europe, the US and Middle East - and hence might also become relevant topics for some of the classes I am teaching at the University of Arizona....