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When should you trust the experts?

Disclaimer: The views expressed here are solely those of the author, and do not necessarily represent the views of Utrikesperspektiv.se or the Association of Foreign Affairs Lund. In the run up to the Brexit referendum, Michael Gove (one of the faces of the ‘Vote Leave’ campaign) was chastised for his …

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It’s Not the Economy, Stupid: Trump’s White Nationalism

The rise of Trump and the Sanders phenomenon this election cycle have produced an almost touching consensus around one thing: voters are economically anxious and furious with globalization. There’s probably a lot of truth to that, but there’s another, more dominant factor that may explain how Donald Trump made it …

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Rojava: The Distant Project of a Kurdish Autonomous State

With the escalation of the Islamic State insurgency in Syria, the Kurds in the country’s north have been, to say the least, an important asset in the war against the terrorist organization. With the help of coalition airstrikes, Kurdish fighters have retaken significant portions of northern Syria from IS, together …

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A People on the Brink of Extinction – Assyrians in the Middle East

A prominent theme in the global media as of late has been to question whether one of the world’s oldest cultures faces extinction in the Middle East. Assyrians have inhabited the Fertile Crescent since 2500 BCE and were one of the first peoples to convert to Christianity. After the Muslim …

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English Identity and the EU Vote

Disclaimer: The views expressed here are solely those of the author, and do not necessarily represent the views of Utrikesperspektiv.se or the Association of Foreign Affairs Lund. Also note that this piece was written approximately a week before publishing, and therefore does not account for the most recent developments. English …

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The global Italian Mafia

The existence of the Italian Mafia is common knowledge but it is perhaps a less known fact that nowadays it operates in an international scale. But, why and how it has expanded outside Italy? Do the other countries and the common people know that it operates in their states as …

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South Sudan – A troubled past and an uncertain future

When South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011 many were hoping for a better future. That bright future is yet to be seen. After a 50 yearlong conflict with Sudan, a new civil war in the world’s newest country emerged. After an agreement between the government and the opposition, …

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Papa Xi – China’s Star Politician

In 2015, the world’s most watched annual broadcast with a viewership of about 800 million, the Chinese New Year’s gala, featured something odd for Chinese politics. Clips of the Chinese president Xi Jinping visiting citizens and troops, broadcasted to the tunes of a song stating “I give you my heart”, …

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Lebanon – on the cutting edge of LGBT rights in the Middle East?

Lebanon, and especially the bustling city of Beirut, has lately become known as a refuge for people escaping sexuality-related harassment in the Middle East. Being the first country in the Arab World with an LGBT movement, the nation has somewhat taken the lead regarding the rights and empowerment of gays, …

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Protecting refugees or protecting states – is there a choice?

Disclaimer: The views expressed here are solely those of the author, and do not necessarily represent the views of Utrikesperspektiv.se or the Association of Foreign Affairs Lund. UPF travelled more than 3000 kilometres to visit Beirut, Lebanon, and learnt that local politics, to a large extent, is global and that …

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