Saturday, May 30, 2015
  1. Europe’s Refugee Problem, Then and Now

    Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein

    Europe’s Refugee Problem, Then and Now


     likens the rejectionist stance taken by political leaders today to that of their forebears in 1938.

    Kosovo refugees UN photo/Flickr

    In July 1938, representatives from 32 countries in Europe, North America, and Australia, meeting in Évian-les-Bains, France, refused to accept Jewish refugees from Austria and Germany. At a time when Europe is increasingly turning its back on migrants, it is vital to recall this history. READ MORE

  2. The Power of Student Travel

    Gareth Evans

    The Power of Student Travel


     recalls how a peripatetic youth has influenced his career and policy choices.

    Student travel Scott Ableman/Flickr

    Universities everywhere, well aware of how fast the world is changing, are seeking better ways to help their students to become responsible global citizens. Perhaps the most effective approach is to give students the opportunity not just to study the world, but to spend time physically exploring it. READ MORE

  3. Democracy’s Missing Meaning

    Richard K. Sherwin
  4. The Paradox of Identity Politics

    Kemal Derviş

    The Paradox of Identity Politics


     says that nationalism risks leaving officials unable to address the causes of popular frustration.

    Nationalism Flanders flag protest Tijl Vercaemer/Flickr

    For decades, political debate in Europe focused largely on economic institutions and policies. But, with the growing success of appeals to identity and renewed ethnic or religious nationalism, that is changing, leaving officials less able to address the causes of popular frustration. READ MORE

  5. The End of 1945

    Ian Buruma

    The End of 1945


     laments the demise of the post-war social-democratic welfare state.

    World war II veteran US National Park Service/Flickr

    Much of the post-World War II consensus no longer survives: Few people can muster enthusiasm for the UN, the European dream is in crisis, and the social-democratic welfare state is being eroded more and more every day. But today, seventy years later, we would do well to remember why that consensus was forged in the first place. READ MORE

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