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October 24, 2023

France’s colonial legacy prompts controversy in the Comorian archipelago

Yacine Ait Larbi France is removing Comorian migrants from its overseas department of Mayotte. Yacine Ait Larbi argues that this is a dangerous approach. Policy-making, he says, should be sensitive to global change and, especially, to the impact of colonisation on communities across borders Read more
July 26, 2023

Reclaiming Indigenous sovereignty under the threat of genocide in Brazil

João Urt Despite tremendous colonial violence from the state and settler society, Indigenous leaders in contemporary Brazil stand up to perform the authority inherited from their peoples, write João Urt and Tchella Maso. It is time to recognise their diplomatic roles as sovereign mediators between their cosmologies and the Westernised world Read more
June 22, 2023

🔮 Going beyond the Eurocentrism of populism research: lessons from the Philippines

Adele Webb Is the concept of populism a help or a hindrance in understanding complex political dynamics in the Global South? Adele Webb draws on the case of the Philippines to challenge Eurocentric and historically truncated views of populism. Here, she calls for more contextualised readings of populism’s manifestations outside the West Read more
October 28, 2022

🦋 How elections stifle democracy in Kenya

Reginald Oduor Reginald M.J. Oduor encourages more political theorists to disentangle themselves from the idea that democracy and elections are inextricably bound. Through this he seeks to promote the pursuit of genuine citizen participation in post-colonial states in Africa and elsewhere Read more
September 6, 2022

EU democracy promotion cannot continue to remain silent on colonial crimes

Anna Khakee As long as the EU continues to silence European colonial crimes when promoting democracy and human rights in the Global South, it cannot live up to its moral promise. Instead, warns Anna Khakee, it risks perpetuating – inadvertently or otherwise – colonial-era hierarchies between civilisations and a sense of European moral superiority Read more
September 1, 2022

Bringing memory back into politics

Eun A Jo How does collective memory shape politics? Eun A Jo provides an interactive framework for studying memory politics and, as a case study, illustrates how South Korean struggles for democracy became bound up in understandings of Japan Read more
August 18, 2022

🦋 (Re)thinking democracy using Participedia

Paul Emiljanowicz Paul Emiljanowicz manages Participedia, the largest database documenting democratic innovations from around the world. To prevent reproducing coloniality, Paul writes, we must commit to expanding our knowledge about democracy and recognising the experiences and knowledges of all peoples Read more
June 7, 2022

World orders in (Eur)asia before the West

Ayşe Zarakol Ayşe Zarakol argues that Europeans were not the first ones to create (international) orders with universal aspirations. Parts of Eurasia were disconnected from each other before the arrival of European colonialism. (Eur)asia had long been a connected space, with its own experiments in sovereignty and order construction Read more

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