Category Archives: geopolitics

Eastern Syria, Western Kurdistan

From the BBC: Syrian Kurdish militia have been engaged in fierce fighting recently with the jihadists of the anti-Assad al-Nusra Front. Mr Barzani [President of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region]¬†called for a delegation to visit the Kurdish areas in Syria. He … Continue reading

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Rousseau and the Islamists

Le Monde¬†hosted a fascinating ¬†debate recently, concerning whether, “L’islam politique est-il dans l’impasse?” Phillipe d’Iribarne suggests that the recent coup in Egypt, combined with the struggles of Islamist governments in Tunisia and Turkey, has a dual significance for the fate … Continue reading

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Buddhism vs. Islam in Asia

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Huntington vs. Fukuyama

Fukuyama’s thesis that liberal democracy is “the end of history” rests on his contention that the “twin pillars” of whirlwind material acquisition driven by free-markets and the scientific method, and the “universal recognition” afforded to human dignity by democracy, will … Continue reading

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