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The Winners and Losers of the 2018 Italian General Election

March 12, 2018

By Giulia Monteleone On the 4th of March, Italians made their way to the polling stations to choose their next government, knowing that the results would most likely confirm the polls’ predictions of a hung parliament. A turnout of 73.66% is surprising, as the election took place in times of high disillusionment with the political … Continue reading “The Winners and Losers of the 2018 Italian General Election”


Generation Terrorists: The Politics of Youth and the Gangs of Freetown

March 5, 2018

By Dr Kieran Mitton  Youth at Risk – Youth as Risk On the evening of the 15th February, six leading presidential candidates for the Sierra Leone presidential elections took to the stage. Over three hours of a live broadcasted debate, each answered questions about their plans for the country. Seen by some as a milestone in … Continue reading “Generation Terrorists: The Politics of Youth and the Gangs of Freetown”


Italian general elections: a concern for the EU ?

March 2, 2018

By Giammarco Petrone International commentators have presented the Italian general election – which will be held on the 4th of March 2018 – as a big test not only for Italy but also for the European Union (EU). Over the course of the current legislative period (2013-18),  Italians have witnessed several major events. First, the … Continue reading “Italian general elections: a concern for the EU ?”


Strife Interview – Defence Journalist Jean-Dominique Merchet on the French intelligence reforms

March 10, 2017

The French presidential elections are due to take place in a few weeks. They will have a significant impact on the short-term future of this country. The first round will be held on 23 April 2017 and the second round on 7 May 2017. The future Head of State will have to deal with several … Continue reading “Strife Interview – Defence Journalist Jean-Dominique Merchet on the French intelligence reforms”


Forget Trump 2016, Prepare for Trumpism 2020

November 7, 2016

By: Timothy Potenz When Trump’s defeat seemed increasingly likely, Trump and his team pre-emptively ratcheted up the excuses for a loss on November 8th 2016 – media bias, inaccurate polling, rigged voting booths. Many commenters who accused Trump of whining about the result even before the elections took place or by painting him as a … Continue reading “Forget Trump 2016, Prepare for Trumpism 2020”


After the DNC: Hillary Clinton and the discontent of the Sandernistas

August 5, 2016

By: Andrew Smith   Image Credit: http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-386144416.html   The Democrats need to unite their party or risk conceding the White House to Mr. Trump The DNC is over and yet again the Democrats showed that they know how to put on a show. From the highly personal speech of former president Bill Clinton, who presented … Continue reading “After the DNC: Hillary Clinton and the discontent of the Sandernistas”


Nigeria’s choice: Good news for democracy, bad news for Boko Haram?

April 5, 2015

By David Bruckmeier: For Muhammadu Buhari, fourth time’s the charm. After three unsuccessful runs for the Nigerian presidency, the 72-year-old was officially declared winner of last week’s elections with a lead of more than two million votes over his main rival, the incumbent Goodluck Jonathan. It is the first time a ruling president of Nigeria … Continue reading “Nigeria’s choice: Good news for democracy, bad news for Boko Haram?”


Nigeria's elections and the quest for change

February 11, 2015

By Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood: “Elections belong to people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters” – Abraham Lincoln When elections loom we often make the mistake of believing that voting for a different party or a new … Continue reading “Nigeria's elections and the quest for change”


Is this the end of the Kuomintang in Taiwan? Ma Yingjeou, China, and the KMT electoral defeat

December 22, 2014

By Jeroen Gelsing: Many have observed that Barack Obama’s presidency has aged him beyond his years. As much, if not more, holds true for Taiwanese president Ma Yingjeou. Since coming to power six years ago, deep furrows and dark shadows have marred the 64-year old politician’s once boyish good looks, whose disastrous second term has … Continue reading “Is this the end of the Kuomintang in Taiwan? Ma Yingjeou, China, and the KMT electoral defeat”


‘Yes we can’: some considerations about Podemos

October 3, 2014

By Sophie Bustos: A new political force emerged in the May 2014 European elections. Being the third Spanish political force in the European Parliament, the far-left party Podemos proved that a new political struggle had just begun in Spain. Or, to put it more accurately, the political and social struggles annihilated by Franco’s dictatorship and … Continue reading “‘Yes we can’: some considerations about Podemos”


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