Dr. Simon Leitch explains what is inside of his new book “The Commandments of Islam: A Qur’anic Summary” . In his view, the Qur’an is one of the most important and controversial books ever written, yet the vast majority of people have never read it. Through his new book, Dr. Letich tries to understand is Quran the work of a dangerous radical, a divine message from the God of Abraham, or a liberal and peaceful doctrine worthy of all humanity?
Manishankar Prasad argues that the recent disturbances on Indian university campuses, and the use of sedition laws against student leaders, highlight the growing culture war taking place between the Indian left and the Hindu right.
Jon Kofas argues that Apple’s rejection of a court order to provide a code to unlock its phones is a cynical ploy to maintain its technological secrets and market share. It is not about privacy. Apple is well-known for its data mining and has been working with governments to intercept private communications for a long time, but this is the first time that the government’s request will potentially affect Apple’s market share.
Dr. Danny Cooper argues that Trump’s rise to the top of the Republican Party presidential race has shocked many pundits but the wave of anti-establishment rage will not take him to the White House. In fact, Trump’s success in mobilising a powerful core constituency in the Republican primaries will only translate to a lower tally in the Electoral College come November.
Dr. Simon Leitch argues that Japan is once again in recession, and policymakers are aware that one of the fundamental problems facing the Japanese economy is demographic. On that front, Japan is not alone. In fact, the economic consequences of demographics is one of the most important issues of our time, yet the choices handed to us by policymakers and economists have traditionally been reduced to a terrible binary – countries must either infinitely grow their populations or face recession.
Professor Mark n Katz argues that Russia has diverse interests in the Mediterranean basin and these interests require strategic choices which are not always complimentary. Using combinations of opportunism, prioritisation and flexibility, Russia has pursued contradictory aims as best it can with reasonable results.
Based on a field study conducted in 2013, a Bangladeshi journalist Shafiqul Alam explains how the business of a traditional form of Bengali folk drama known as “Jatra” is dying against the backdrop of the rising popularity of a localised version of “striptease” among a section of rural Bangladeshis.