The practice of twinning towns and other communities has often been viewed as a cultural or leisure-based activity. Now though, Brexit has drawn the political side of twinning into sharper public focus. Some people are pressing to erase their towns’ longstanding relationships with European partners. Others have doubled down on their international commitments, trying to show that their community remains open and inclusive. Here Holly Ryan argues that town-twinning has always been political.
Sophie Harman writes in The Lancet about the power of story-telling in global health.
Congratulations to Dr Rachel Humphris on being shortlisted for a British Sociological Association Abrams Memorial Prize for her book, Home-Land: Romanian Roma, Domestic Spaces and the State.
In this new article, Michael Magcamit investigates how a small power re-evaluates its foreign policy and strategic behaviour using neoclassical realism theory. In particular, Magcamit examines President Rodrigo Duterte’s method which is characterized by four key elements: cultivating a more favourable image for China; moderating the country’s American-influenced strategic culture; mobilizing state-society relations supportive of ‘Sinicization’; and reorienting the country’s Western-based institutions to better accommodate Chinese pressures and incentives.
Ray Kiely’s new book examines the rise of conservative movements, and above all ideas, which in some respects challenge, but also possibly reinforce, neoliberal globalization. These include challenges to liberal cosmopolitanism, multiculturalism, migration, and free trade, political correctness and the so-called liberal metropolitan elite.
Toby Greene spoke to Pakistani news channel Indus news about the European reaction to the Trump proposal on the Israeli-Palestinian question.
In his new International Politics article, Michael Magcamit asks whether Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s desire for constitutional change is precipitated mainly by the resurgence of Japanese nationalist sentiments as what many of his critics claim, or if there are genuinely rational justifications for revising the country’s 72-year old Constitution. And if so, why has it been so elusive for many Japanese leaders?
Liz Chatterjee is interviewed by Utathya Chattopadhyaya for Asian Studies about her new article, “The Asian Anthropocene: Electricity and Fossil Developmentalism,”
Angus speaks about his research on indigeneity and social movements in Bolivia. Ray discusses his recent book, The Neoliberal Paradox.
Ray Kiely’s new article, “Assessing Conservative Populism: A New Double Movement or Neoliberal Populism?” examines the populist turn through the lens of changing social policy by relating this to the question of whether or not conservative and far right populism represent a break from, or a new mutation of, neoliberalism.