Farooq Yousaf and Bilquees Daud highlight the significant risk to womenâ€™s rights caused by the failure of the United States to include women in the so-called â€˜peace dealâ€™ signed with a male-dominated Taliban. As a consequence, the signs of regression immediately appeared in Afghanistan, and constitute a real threat. Read more
A military coup on 25 October put an abrupt end to Sudanâ€™s fragile democratic transition. Hager Ali argues that although the coup pre-empted a foreseeable power-transfer, the military also created a much bigger problem for itself. The same socio-political conditions that kept al-Bashir in power for decades now threaten the militaryâ€™s capacity to govern Read more
Actors from across the political spectrum, including the populist far right, have voiced concerns about safeguarding democracy amid the coronacrisis, writes Sabine Volk. But their different understandings of democracy reveal Germanyâ€™s political polarisation, rather than its unity Read more
Religious freedom is deteriorating in France. Laws aimed at maintaining the confessional neutrality of the French state are turning into attacks on individualsâ€™ right to religious freedom, writes Emmanuelle Bertout In February 2021, the French National Assembly adopted the highly controversial bill Consolidating the Principles of the Republic. The Senate followed suit in April. The […] Read more
Turkey is upping its game in terms of exercising â€˜pastoral powerâ€™ over its diaspora communities abroad, aiming to turn them into loyal and disciplined subjects who accept the governmentâ€™s nationalist discourse, writes Chiara Maritato Read more
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