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At the turn of the 21st century I was teaching an upper division undergraduate ├é┬ácourse titled “Comparative Regime Transitions” in which I explored the four “waves” of democratisation that had […]

Public confrontations between Trump officials and activists, ordinary citizens and at least one restaurant owner have reignited the debate about “civility” in political disagreement. The editorial boards of leading US […]

When Hannah Arendt wrote about the “banality of evil” in Nazi Germany, she was referring not to the leaders but to the thousands of bureaucrats, soldiers, civil servants, cops, tax […]

Two decades ago New Zealand uncoupled the security and trade strands in its foreign policy. The decision stemmed from the removal of New Zealand’s preferential trade status with the UK […]

The political rope-a-dope.

Older readers will remember the “Rumble in the Jungle” where Muhammad Ali defeated George Foreman for the heavyweight boxing title. Held in Kinshasa, Zaire in 1974, the contest pitted the […]

The title of this post references a Korean saying that alludes to the fact that those with power or dominance can afford to give away some leverage, even face, in […]