To most people the Arctic is a distant realm, almost another world, inhabited by polar bears. They may even think the frigid landmasses and icy seas of the Arctic are irrelevant to daily life further south.
When we are young we see change as a sweeping phenomenon; a roaring avalanche of paradigm shifts and situational changes that overwhelm the status quo into relinquishing its unjust usurpation of power. Yet such ideas do not rest far from the line demarcating dreams and reality. As we grow into our understanding of power dynamics, we realize that there are times when the stability of the status quo allows for more advancement in gender equality than the rush of chaotic change. It can be argued that the Arab world is unfortunately an example of such a phenomenon at this stage of its spring of revolutions. Though gender equity in the Arab world saw significant advancement in the last 30 years, commentators worry about the effect the Arab Spring may have on that.
By Alexander H. Trechsel, Urs Gasser | April 17, 2013
Switzerland & the Future of Elections
The Internet has had a profound impact on the way contemporary democracies work. Neither processes, such as electoral campaigns, nor actors, such as candidates, political parties or movements, are immune to the myriad challenges and opportunities offered by new media. The same goes for various fundamental institutions of democracy, such as parliaments and governments, which have adopted Internet-based strategies for both internal and external information and communication needs.