The 10 best blog posts on politics of 2021


How to help Afghan refugees? What are the challenges facing American democracy? Is Weimar Germany a warning from history? These are just a few of the questions our authors have addressed on the OUPblog this year. Discover their views on the big political issues of 2021 with our list of the top 10 political blog posts of the year.

1. Why has Gaza often become a battleground between Hamas and Israel?

Over the past decade, the eyes of the world have often been on Gaza. This small coastal enclave has received enormous diplomatic attention and international media coverage. The plight of its nearly two million inhabitants has sparked a wave of humanitarian concerns, sparking global protests against Israel’s blockade of Gaza.

In this excerpt from The Israeli-Palestinian conflict: what everyone needs to know®, author Dov Waxman provides an overview of the history and development of the conflict.

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2. Well-known secret cemeteries: (re) discovering the horrors of assimilation for indigenous peoples

The Kamloops Indian Residential School was part of a systematic educational effort for Indigenous youth in Canada, with comparable projects in the United States, the purpose and intent of which is hotly debated today.

In this blog post, Michael Lerma, author of Guided by the mountains, gives his reaction to the recent discovery of mass graves at Kamloops Indian Residential School, a former residential school for Aboriginal youth.

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3. The Democrat’s Dilemma: How to Mitigate the Conflicting Responsibilities of Citizenship?

Government, in whatever form, exercises power over those it governs. In a democracy, this power is shared between equals who disagree about how power should be used. When democracy promulgates a policy, some citizens are compelled to comply with it. How to be subject to political power without being therefore subordinated by it?

Learn about the Democrat’s dilemma in this blog post from Robert B. Talisse, author of Supporting democracy: what we owe to the other side.

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4. The coming refugee crisis: How COVID-19 is exacerbating forced displacement

Refugees have fallen to the bottom of the political agenda since the “European refugee crisis” in 2015-16. COVID-19 has temporarily stifled refugee movements and removed the problem from political and media radars. However, the impact of the pandemic is gradually exacerbating the drivers of mass displacement.

Alexander Betts, author of Refugee Wealth: How Internally Displaced People Can Build Economies, examines the impacts of COVID-19 on the refugee crisis and forced displacement in this blog post.

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5. Nine challenges facing American democracy [reading list]

Explore the challenges facing democracy in the United States and emerging democracies around the world with our most recent books, including leading works in the field, in our reading list.

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6. Why increasing de-globalization endangers vulnerable populations

The results of globalization are decidedly mixed. While supporters tend to associate globalization with beneficial developments such as the expansion of democracy and improved access to goods and services, critics point to the human costs: increased inequality and political and economic exploitation. .

In this blog post, Jarrod Hayes and Katja Weber argue that de-globalization undermines the international community’s ability to limit human rights violations, using Myanmar as a case study.

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7. Playing while Rome burns: climate change and international relations

In this blog post, Jørgen Møller describes working and writing from home during a pandemic, discusses climate change as the third major issue in global politics, alongside security and the economy, and examines whether chaos or order is brewing in the world.

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8. How can we help Afghan refugees?

“The surge in support for Afghan refugees since the fall of the Taliban a few weeks ago is commendable. As the author of two books on our obligations to refugees, many people have asked me how we should respond to this crisis and what we can hope for the Afghan refugees. In America, there are both a lot of things we can do and a lot of things we should be worried about. “

Read the blog post from Serena Parekh, author of No Refuge: Ethics and the Global Refugee Crisis, on what can be done to help resettle Afghan refugees in the aftermath of the war in Afghanistan.

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9. The ghosts of Weimar: Is Weimar Germany a warning from history?

The ghosts of Weimar are back. Awakened by the rise of right-wing populist parties across Europe and beyond, they warn of the danger to democracy. The historical reference point evoked by these warnings is the collapse of the Weimar Republic followed by the Nazi dictatorship. The link between now and then seems unmistakably obvious: democracy died in 1933, and it is under attack again today. But does the comparison make sense? This blog post will argue: no!

Read the blog post from Nadine Rossol and Benjamin Ziemann, co-editors of The Oxford Handbook of the Weimar Republic.

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10. Sustainability in action: dismantling systems to fight climate change

Contrary to the view that sustainability is an almost meaningless concept, analysts have developed theoretical tools to understand why systemically supported processes resist disruption, bounce back from disruption, and exhibit structural change. In view of the COP26 conference, it’s time for everyone to take a look at the self-reinforcing systems that have made climate change so hard to stop.

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