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January 15, 2021

Youth unemployment in the Western Balkans is fuelling Europe’s highest emigration rate

Gala Naseva A lack of state initiatives to curb unemployment among young people in the Western Balkans has resulted in the highest emigration rate in Europe, writes Gala Naseva — and the pandemic is making matters worse for this vulnerable group Read more
January 14, 2021

The Loop is three months old!

Kate Hawkins The Loop launched on 12 October 2020. During our short life, we have published 57 articles on a huge range of political science sub-disciplines, by some 79 bloggers. Managing Editor Kate Hawkins reflects on this early phase Read more
January 12, 2021

Pastoral power and Turkey’s art of governing its diaspora in Europe

Chiara Maritato Turkey is upping its game in terms of exercising ‘pastoral power’ over its diaspora communities abroad, aiming to turn them into loyal and disciplined subjects who accept the government’s nationalist discourse, writes Chiara Maritato Read more
January 5, 2021

The Kurds defeated Islamic State – now Turkey wants to end their success story 

Dastan Jasim We owe much to the Kurds for the defeat of Islamic State, even if the fight still goes on. Yet, writes Dastan Jasim, the rise of Turkey as an unpredictable military power threatens post-conflict reconstruction – and Syria’s democratic future Read more
December 29, 2020

If developing countries struggle to procure a Covid vaccine, some will take matters into their own hands

Gerelyn Terzo The Covid vaccine debate is rapidly changing, from whether we will get a vaccine to when, where and how it will be rolled out. But, writes Gerelyn Terzo, this immediately raises questions about whether socio-economic development will determine who gets it first Read more
December 21, 2020

Academic activists want to break out of their ivory towers, but in doing so risk creating a new form of elitism

Francesco Saverio Montesano An increasing number of scholars want to campaign for positive change outside the academic echo chamber, but overlook their own evidence when they refuse to engage with any view not exclusively based on science. Francesco S. Montesano argues that this will only deepen the gap between ‘experts’ and the rest of society Read more
December 21, 2020

Brexit and depression: the politics of mental health

Luca Bernardi Luca Bernardi and Robert Johns explore whether clinical depression may have contributed to Brexit. The striking evidence of depression influencing political attitudes suggests that connections between the two should be more thoroughly explored, especially as they show the potential to breed political alienation Read more
December 18, 2020

Emerging powers want more staff in international organisations. They have a long way to go, unless there is an alternative…

Michal Parízek Secretariats of international organisations have long favoured staff from developed, Western countries. Rising powers are trying to change this, though with mixed success, they are now looking at other ways to achieve their goals, write Michal Parízek and Matthew Stephen Read more

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