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Can Colombia’s Reconciliation Deal with Revelations of “Cash for Kills”?

Colombia recognizes that grave crimes threaten global security --- but can it deal with them? As Colombia continues to pursue a post-conflict process after decades...

Turning Populism from Threat to Opportunity

"We are missing something crucial. Populism isn’t necessarily a threat to democracy – it can also be an opportunity." Nic Cheeseman and Susan Dodworth of...

Why Russia’s Imperial Mindset is Here to Stay

"'Decolonizing' the Kremlin requires nothing less than a fundamental redefinition of Russia's identity" Kevork Oskanian of the University of Birmingham writes for The Conversation: Post-colonial scholarship...

Ireland’s Voters Free Women from An Insidious Abortion Law

"I may have woken in a new Ireland" Fiona de Londras of the University of Birmingham writes for The Conversation: I write this sitting in a...

Malaysia’s 1st Change in Power in 61 Years — What Happens...

"Malaysia might now be in for some dramatic changes – and that’s exactly what the majority of Malaysians are hoping for." Dr Scott Edwards of...

How the Windrush Scandal Points to Problems for EU Citizens in...

The warning from denial of services and threatened deportation for West Indians, having lived in UK for decades, for Europeans in Brexit Britain ProfessorNando Sigona...

The Players in Syria and What They Want

"Even within the areas it has regained, the regime’s hold is tenuous." Amid the Assad regime's latest chemical attacks and the US-UK-France airstrikes in response,...

New Centrist Party for Britain? Good Luck with That….

Is the UK political system too tribal and ossified to change? Dr. Matthew Cole of the University of Birmingham writes for The Conversation: Reports in the...

I Lived Through Saddam Hussein’s Fall – and the Horror That...

Published in partnership with the Conversation: I was a senior university student in Baghdad, Iraq. It was March 2003, and over the past few months,...

The Anti-Western Front: How Russians Are Starved of Alternative Viewpoints

“'Truths' are invented. Everything can be turned into anything else, like in some postmodernist carnival." Natasha Rulyova of the University of Birmingham writes for The...

From Syria to Southern England: How Do Nerve Agents Work?

"Nerve agents cannot be made in your kitchen or garden shed, on account of their toxicity, even in tiny amounts. Nerve agents have seized headlines...

Q&A: Why Kim and Donald Might Have a Chat

"These talks represent a precious and rare opportunity, but Trump is not the person most observers would want to see in the driving seat." After...