The Quiet American

Written by Olivia Arigho-Stiles. Posted in Current features, Features

Few octogenarian women have inspired such zeal in so many younger women. But fewer still have sat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life and career are testament to the massive social transformations experienced by women in America and Europe in the latter half of the 20th century. Read the interview here.

War and Peace: Women’s Roles in Conflict and Peacemaking

Written by Olivia Arigho-Stiles. Posted in Current features, Features

Is the world safer for women now than one hundred years ago? From trench warfare to the advent of drones, the last century has seen enormous shifts in the nature of armed conflict. With this in mind, Jennifer Welsh is ambivalent about how much safer women are today than their foremothers. Welsh is Professor of International Relations at the European University Institute (EUI).

Women in Leadership

Written by Olivia Arigho-Stiles. Posted in Current features, Features

Women may hold up half the sky but they hold up barely a ceiling tile when it comes to the FTSE 100’s boardrooms. Less than one in 10 executive directors at Britain’s top companies is a woman, research has revealed, and the situation is even bleaker in Germany and France. So what can be done to address this imbalance?

Citizenship: the 21st century civil rights struggle?

Written by Olivia Arigho-Stiles. Posted in Current features, Features

The right to vote is considered a cornerstone of liberal democracy. But who wields the franchise depends on who holds citizenship. Securing this prized citizenship is often considered the ultimate indicator of happy integration into a new country; the zenith of the immigrant made-good story. As Rainer Bauböck, Professor of Social and Political Theory at the […]

The resurgence of the French far-right

Written by Olivia Arigho-Stiles. Posted in Current features, Features

Is France witnessing the apogee of electoral neo-fascism? In the wake of the sensational electoral victory secured by the extreme-right Front National (FN) in the first round of this month’s regional elections, this question no longer seems overly provocative.The Islamophobic and stridently anti-EU party topped the polls after the first round of voting.

The Paris attacks in context

Written by Olivia Arigho-Stiles. Posted in Current features, Features

The attacks that engulfed Paris last week have profoundly shaken a continent and left a mood of grim resignation in the French capital. Scores were killed in a chilling series of attacks on bars, restaurants, a concert hall and a stadium, in one of the worst atrocities on French soil since the 1961 Algerian Massacre. At the same time, last week dozens more were killed in bomb blasts in Beirut.

Reluctant Europeans? Britain and the EU referendum

Written by Olivia Arigho-Stiles. Posted in Current features, Features

In 2017 Britain will vote in a referendum on whether to leave this European Union. Derided as the awkward partner since it joined the EU in 1973, Britain’s relationship with the EU has long been lukewarm. Like a standoffish party guest munching on the hors d’oeuvres but eschewing small talk, Britain it is assumed, has never fully reconciled itself to true union with its Continental neighbours.

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The Right to the City: urban space today

Written by Olivia Arigho-Stiles. Posted in Current features, Features

From Walter Benjamin to Virginia Woolf, cities have captured the imagination of philosophers, artists and critics grappling with the condition of (post)modernity. Oscillating between depictions of the city as a realm of Dickensian slums, vice and deprivation on the one hand, and a utopian vision of ordered social progress on the other, in recent years the urban space has also loomed large in policy-centred debates about economic growth, devolved governance and transnational capitalism.

Green and clean? Lord Stern on COP21 and the world economy

Written by Olivia Arigho-Stiles. Posted in Current features, Features

”We know that the sum total of the emissions that are indicated for 2013 are too high for [the target of] 2°C. For me the test of success in Paris is not that by itself, but is learning from that, recognizing that there is a big gap and therefore discussing carefully and credibly how we raise our ambition beyond Paris. So in other words, Paris is the beginning of a process.”