Sunday, July 24, 2016
  1. The Strange Death of Turkish Secularism

    Shlomo Avineri

    The Strange Death of Turkish Secularism


     maps out the goals of the Erdoğan government's crackdown following the failed coup.

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    Turkey's failed coup is likely to reinforce the illiberal democracy emerging under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in which majoritarian rule runs counter to pluralism, human rights, and freedom of speech. The stability of such a system in Turkey – where hostility to Erdoğan is strong – remains to be seen. READ MORE

  2. The Tokyo the World Needs

    Yuriko Koike

    The Tokyo the World Needs


     would model the world's largest city on its cosmopolitan incarnation in the early twentieth century.

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    The 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo are an occasion for the city's residents to consider how they want to be seen by the world, and how they see themselves. They should consider the Games a defining moment, just as the 1964 Games were a defining moment for postwar Japan. READ MORE

  3. The Silent Arab Majority Must Speak Up

    Ishac Diwan

    The Silent Arab Majority Must Speak Up


     reports that young people, in particular, have embraced a more liberal mindset.

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    The UNDP's 2015 Arab Human Development Report points to a widely shared liberal mindset in the Arab world, especially among young people. As war and dysfunction sow greater disenchantment in the region, Arab youth yearn for political participation, emancipation from patriarchal hierarchies, and more space for individual creativity. READ MORE

  4. The Roots of Middle East Mistrust

    Timur Kuran
  5. Direct Democracy and Brexit

    Peter Singer

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