The Brexit vote has proved a real watershed moment in UK politics. It has made visible deep divisions within and between communities and substantive differences in the way we think about our interests and goods. However, this vote was a complex rather than a simple phenomenon, and it will take us some time to understand its implications for our future: local, regional, national, continental and global.
Damaging politics of exclusion continue to hold sway across many regions of the globe. Whether in appeals to anxieties about rapid cultural and demographic changes or more overtly nativist or Islamophobic rhetoric, we revisit representations of the outsider as a social menace across diverse contexts.
Although the U.S. election season seems never ending, there is no substantive discussion of the world beyond the borders. This claim might seem a bit strange. After all, debate organizers are always careful to balance “domestic” and “foreign” policy. But the “foreign policy” discussion fails to appreciate the deep links between the United States and the rest of the world.
From discussing ISIS to Development Goals, to Papal visits, to migration flows, various aspects of the broad phenomenon that we call ‘religion’ have become a regular feature of current affairs. However, the extent to and the logic through which religion is or can be associated with conflict and with peace remains a highly disputed issue.
France has been the target of several attacks perpetrated by so-called Muslim fundamentalists over the past few years, but the shooting of editors and cartoonists at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo marks a new low.