Category Archives: Democratization & Social Movements

The Best Hope for the Iranian People

  Iran’s leadership will be extremely reluctant to withdraw from the forward positions the country has gained across the Middle East. Amid the current protests, however, the West has a golden opportunity to push Iran to suspend its regional ambitions and focus on domestic economic conditions. London- One of the most extraordinary things about the […]

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There Is a Profound Difference Between Justice and Identity Politics

  The #MeToo movement must choose between an allegiance to identity politics and the pursuit of justice. If you live long enough, you learn a simple, sad fact. Individual adversity does not necessarily build individual character. In other words, spend enough time in the real world and you’ll see people experience enormous challenges — like […]

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Struggling with the state

  Three strategies – engaging with state institutions, practising exodus in the form of prefigurative politics, and an aim of taking power – need not be viewed in isolation, but can bolster one another and lead towards lasting democratic transformation. While working on the politics of citizenship at the Friendly Fire conference, we focused on […]

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Public Policy Expert: Political Engagement Is Key to Social Justice

  “Engaging with domestic politics is crucial to our collective response to global environmental change and other social justice issues.” Like many social justice issues of our time, effective environmental protection requires an active engagement with domestic political processes. Yet many environmental policy experts and advocates continue to ignore them. Reforming our understanding of environmental […]

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D-Day Venezuela

  As conditions in Venezuela worsen, the solutions that must now be considered include what was once inconceivable. A negotiated political transition remains the preferred option, but military intervention by a coalition of regional forces may be the only way to end a man-made famine threatening millions of lives. CAMBRIDGE – The Venezuelan crisis is […]

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