2016-08-04-Trumphat
Blog / Brexit

Too Early to Declare Nationalism Resurgent

As post mortems of Britain’s decision to leave the EU have emerged, a particularly compelling and convincing explanation of the result is the resurgence of nationalism.

Nationalism is a notoriously complex phenomenon, but it was perhaps best summarized by the philosopher Ernest Gellner as the “political principle…that the political and the national unit should be …

EU referendum breakdown https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brexit
Blog / Brexit

Bridging the Globalisation Gap

EU referendum breakdown https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brexit

A number of British people who voted to leave in the EU referendum did so because they felt the system no longer works for them. These people live in areas that have not benefited from globalisation in the same way cities such as London have. Now these areas no longer see …

Marine Le Pen at a Front National rally. Photo: Blandine Le Cain.
Blog / Europe

Considering Three Different Approaches to Populism in Europe

Marine Le Pen at a Front National rally. Photo: Blandine Le Cain.

Populist radical right parties are nothing new in Europe. Since the Second World War, they have always emerged sporadically during times of economic hardship. These victories have always been short-lived as economic conditions improve and such populist anti-establishment parties fail to sustain their …

Brick Lane street sign in English and Bengali. Photo: James Cridland
Blog / Europe

Britain Must Harness the Language Skills of Its Diasporas

Brick Lane street sign in English and Bengali. Photo: James Cridland

The UK has a palpable and worrying deficit of language skills. Our judgement of foreign language necessity appears to be clouded by the notion that ‘everyone speaks English’. A 2013 investigation by the Confederation of British Industry reported that just 2% of British companies …

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), November 2011
Africa / Asia

The Rhetorical Resurrection of the Commonwealth

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), November 2011. Photo Source: Annaleise McDonough via Flickr Creative Commons.

Born from a postcolonial climate in which Britain sought to maintain influence in its former territories, the ‘Commonwealth of Nations’ is, for some, a continued legacy of imperialism. Yet, for an increasing number of politicians, the Commonwealth now represents …

Prime Minister David Cameron delivers a speech on immigration at the JCB Headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire on 28 November 2014 - Arron Hoare - Flickr Creative Commons
Blog / Europe

Let’s not pull the plug on the EU, let’s make Britain multi-culturally great

Prime Minister David Cameron delivers a speech on immigration at the JCB Headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire on 28 November 2014 – Arron Hoare – Flickr Creative Commons

Britain’s relationship with the European Union is in a sorry state.

In 2014, our Prime Minister, David Cameron, vehemently and very publicly expressed his opposition to Jean Claude Juncker’s …

Boehner, Hispanic Council
Americas / Blog

The Consequences of Inaction on US Immigration Reform

Speaker Boehner discussing immigration with the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Council, July 2013. Photo Source: Heather Reed via Flickr.

It seemed that Congress’s latest flirtation with immigration was nothing more than a brief summer romance.

After the Senate passed immigration reform 68 to 32 in June 2013, the GOP-controlled House responded with piecemeal legislation. Rather than …

Swiss prosperity
Blog / Europe

Opinion: Towards Open Borders

Alpine horn players in Switzerland. Photo Source: Paebi via Wikimedia Commons.

Last month, Swiss voters passed a referendum to bring back quotas on immigration from EU countries, with 50.3% of voters voting in favour of the quotas. It caused a stir in Europe (Brussels said it ‘regretted the outcome of the vote and would examine …