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Dictatorships and Middle Eastern ‘Stability’

Supporting dictatorships in the name of stability has become one of the bedrocks of Western foreign policies across the developing world. Yet there is little evidence that this policy is successful in preserving stability and a lot of evidence that foreign support for dictatorships, particularly the petro-dictatorships, just causes more problems in the long-term.

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Sport as a Critique of Politics: The Case of Bangladeshis Climbing the Everest

In this piece Mubashar Hasan shares the summary of his recently published scholarly article titled ‘Sport as a critique of politics: Everest climbing, nationalism and the failure of politics in Bangladesh.’ Mubashar argues that in Bangladesh, Everest climbing has political significance as these mountaineers use their public platform to criticise national politics. Even hoisting the flag at the top of the world (after risking own lives) can be used as a way to express dissatisfaction over the country’s politics.

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Plurinational Citizenship in the Making

The international political order is frequently described as consisting of a series of “sovereign nation-states”. This is incorrect, as many states are inhabited by multiple nationalities and many nations do not have their own state. In recognition of the fact that the state and the nation are not overlapping, a new concept of citizenship-state relations has emerge – plurinational citizenship. Based on the Bolivian experience Dr. Lorenza Fontana of Sheffield University, UK explains.

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Netanyahu Speech, Iran and the Bomb

The partisan fight over Netanyahu’s speech to Congress has shown the increasing disunity in the USA over policies towards Iran and the problems of an effective nuclear deal with Tehran. However, it is worth remembering that no American-led deal can prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons if Iran wants them and the American political class and the general public should get used to it. A brilliant analysis by Alochonaa’s IR chief Dr. Simon Leitch

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