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Ode to Rick

Michael D. Driessen is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs (John Cabot University, Rome, Italy) discusses secularism in the United States and re-evaluates the role of religion within the public sphere.

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Doing It In Public: Impact, blogging, social media and the academy

For most academics the use of blogs, social media or other ‘low-brow’ media tools seems like a distraction from the real work of publishing in journals, writing books or winning academic hearts and minds. Consequently, academics are often reluctant to engage with social media even though there are ways it can be used to directly promote their research agendas, career prospects and increase societal impact. Professor Tim Hitchcock takes at look prospects for academics to harness modern communications technology and increase their impact.

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Gandhi, Palestine and Israel

Dr. Irfan Ahmad in this striking historical analysis, explains Mahatma Gandhi’s views on the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict. In doing so, Ahmad reveals Gandhi as a man was plagued by inconsistencies, contradictions and secrecy, he was a man who was not above using the conflict for his own political ends.

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Russia and Ukraine are at War, Just Don’t Tell Anyone

According to European, American and Ukrainian sources, Russia has invaded Ukraine. The conflict has finally evolved into a conventional war, and yet policymakers in the Ukraine remain reluctant to actually declare war. After all, it has become customary for states to fight wars without declarations and if Ukraine is to declare war it will only legitimize more Russian attacks and allow Russia to play the role of the injured. The Ukrainian dilemma over the word “war” is an apt illustration of how words matter in international politics.

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