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The world is getting smaller. Economic, social and political ties that bind us together are stronger than ever. Trade, communication, migration, policy transfers, North-South and South-South politics, media, the Internet, the movement of money, art, and knowledge – we live in an age where every human being is connected in myriad ways to far-flung people and systems. In the 21st century, rigorous and thoughtful research and analysis are essential to understand the way forward in every realm.

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  • 02 March 2018
  • Post by Platteau, Jean-Philippe
Religion and the politics of Muslim societies

It is widely believed that Islam is a reactionary religion that defends tradition against modernity and individual freedom. This column challenges...

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  • 19 February 2018
  • Post by Oehler-Sincai, Iulia Monica
Should China’s Belt and Road initiative cross the poles?

China’s Belt and Road initiative seeks to promote connectivity and cooperation between countries, regions and continents. This column outlines some...

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  • 08 February 2018
  • Post by Multiple
China’s overseas development programs: busting “rogue donor” myths

Some Western commentators portray Beijing’s aid flows to developing countries as motivated by a desire to prop up corrupt ruling elites, secure...

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