Western Europe Archive

Africa, Americas, Asia, Central America, Eastern Europe, Economics, Europe, Middle East, Perspectives, Politics, South America, Western Europe

Liberalization and Democratization: How the World Can Modernize

This article was originally published in the Summer 1992 issue of the Harvard International Review. During the past twenty years, two great tidal waves...
37(4) Fall 2016, Global Notebook, Human Rights, Perspectives, Politics, Western Europe

Criminalization of the Burkini

The coerced removal of the burkini by the French police symbolizes perhaps one of the most misguided attempts to “combat Islamic radicalism.” What stands...
Noam Chomsky speaking in 2015. CC BY-SA 2.0
Economics, Europe, Human Rights, Interviews, Middle East, North America, Politics, Western Europe

Populism and Terror: An Interview with Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky is a philosopher, social critic, political activist, and pioneering linguist. Having served as a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since...
Studies have shown that European immigrants, who have been accused of causing economic strain in the UK, may actually provide crucial skills in key industries. Photo courtesy of BT Group.
Blog, Economics, Europe, Politics, Western Europe

Brexit: A Forecast of Regret for Britain’s Biggest Decision of 2016

On June 24, 2016, Britain reached a final decision on the biggest question faced by the current generation when a measly majority of 51.9...
The two Brexiteers. Photo by Garry Knight and Policy Exchange. CC-BY-2.0
Blog, Europe, Politics, South America, Western Europe

Referen-dumb: Brexit, Colombia, and the Flaws of Direct Democracy

A few things have gone very wrong when a Google search for “2016 bad year” turns up twice as many results as any other year...
UK Parliament (by Richard Yarrow)
Analysis, Blog, Europe, Perspectives, Politics, Western Europe

Creating National Unity Over the UK’s Future Relations with the European Union

The economic and geopolitical consequences of a UK departure from the European Union are grave. This is why every government leader from the Western...
Flags near the European Union Parliament. Photo by Richard Yarrow.
Blog, Europe, Politics, Western Europe

Why the Brexit May Be Good for European Integration

It seems that the repercussions of the upcoming exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union, for the British economy and state, could...
Flags outside the European Parliament. CC BY-SA 2.0 by Richard Yarrow.
Analysis, Economics, Europe, Politics, Security, Western Europe, World in Review

The Commonwealth Alone? Brexit and the Future of the European Union

Editor’s note: This piece was co-written by Max Kuhelj Bugaric and Richard Yarrow. We display the name of only one author due to technical limitations. On June...
Analysis, Eastern Europe, North America, Perspectives, Politics, Western Europe

Information Wars: Ukraine and the West vs. Russia and the Rest

In the media battle between the West and Russia over what really has been going on in Ukraine, round one went to Russia —...
Russian President Vladimir Putin at his inauguration in 2012, by Kremlin.ru via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Asia, Blog, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Europe, Politics, Western Europe

The Putinverstehers’ Misconceived Charge of Russophobia: How Western Apology for the Kremlin’s Current Behavior Contradicts Russian National Interests

A frequent rebuttal by apologists of Putin’s policies, in debates on Western approaches to Eastern Europe, is the allegation of Russophobia. Interpreters of contemporary...