India’s Thinking Global. It Should Act Regional First

China’s growing influence in South and Southeast Asia is the biggest strategic challenge confronting India. To recapture its leadership role in the region, New Delhi should refocus attention on its neighborhood while seeking partnerships with like-minded countries further abroad.

 By Aryaman Bhatnagar, Joel Sandhu


Europe and the Future of Liberal Democracies

Confidence in liberal democracy, Western-led institutions, and the free market economy has fallen in recent years. How did we get here? And how will the global order develop? Joel Sandhu speaks with Wolfgang Reinicke for the Global Futures podcast.

By Joel SandhuWolfgang ReinickeSonya Sugrobova


Forbidden Knowledge: Measuring Academic Freedom

A global index on academic freedom would foster an engaged scholarly community, enable research and advocacy, push back authoritarian influence in the university sector, and trigger public debate. This report outlines how it could be done.

By Katrin KinzelbachFelix Hoffmann


New Ways to Address an Old Problem: Political Repression

The term “closing space” is widely used to describe current challenges in the struggle for human rights. This article, however, warns against drawing overconfident conclusions about a deteriorating trend. Based on available data, it argues that attentional bias likely leads to an overemphasis of severe forms of repression.

By Katrin KinzelbachJanika Spannagel

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