Thursday, October 2, 2014
  1. Powerless Women in Power?

    Naomi Wolf

    Powerless Women in Power?


     argues that women politicians are gaining power in nation-states that are losing much of theirs.

    Angela Merkel and Queen Elizabeth The British Monarchy/Flickr

    In many democracies, it no longer seems to matter much if a political leader is a man or a woman – or black or white. But, ironically, the empowerment of the previously marginalized is occurring alongside the disempowerment of the nation-states they lead. READ MORE

  2. Abenomics’ Women Problem

    Yuriko Koike

    Abenomics’ Women Problem


     says that increasing women's participation in Japan's workforce requires Japanese men to change.

    Shinzo Abe and cabinet members Tt11/AFLO/ZumaPress

    If Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's reforms are now stalling, as many fear, one reason could be a lack of capacity to implement policies to boost female employment. Indeed, Abenomics’ success or failure may depend on whether Japanese are convinced that women are essential to their country’s economic revival. READ MORE

  3. Lebanon’s Model of Moderation

    Marwan Muasher

    Lebanon’s Model of Moderation

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    &  praise Lebanese pluralism as a model for the Arab world that the West should fully support.

    Daily life in Beirut Lebanon Beirut street/World Bank photo/Flickr

    US President Barack Obama’s efforts to prevent the advance of the Islamic State may be grabbing headlines, but another force has emerged as an unlikely rampart against the Islamic caliphate: Lebanese pluralism. Indeed, Lebanon can provide a template for managing cultural diversity and rejecting radicalism in the Middle East. READ MORE

  4. Rebooting Globalization

    Martina Larkin

    Rebooting Globalization


     examines what needs to be done to head off the dangers of global fragmentation.

    Globalization celebration Pip Wilson/Flickr

    For all of its undeniable benefits, globalization has spawned problems of governance and management that have exposed the inadequacy of national governments and international institutions. And fragile institutions have given rise to a political backlash and the danger of disaster on many fronts. READ MORE

  5. The Visual Politics of Terror

    Richard K. Sherwin

    The Visual Politics of Terror


     examines how the Islamic State's violent imagery has been designed to haunt the Western psyche.

    Syrians fighting civil war Daniel Leal-Olivas/ZumaPress

    The British artist Damien Hirst once referred to the 2001 attack on New York’s World Trade Center as “kind of an artwork in its own right." Today, Western governments, while able to describe in strategic terms the threat of the Islamic State, are still struggling to come to terms with its visual assault in the global media. READ MORE

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