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Thinking Aloud: India’s Evolving Religious Makeup

Aug. 31, 2015 by Darius  Last week, newly released data from India’s 2011 census revealed a surprise: for the first time in India’s modern history, the proportion of Hindus dropped below 80%. At the same time, Muslims grew more than … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: India and the 2015 Global Peace Index

June 18, 2015 by Darius  This week, the Institute for Economics and Peace released its 2015 Global Peace Index. Iceland and Denmark are the most peaceful countries on the Global Peace Index.  Iraq and Syria came out on the bottom.  … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “The Middle East in 2025: Long-Term Scenarios and Strategies for Stability”

June 14, 2015 by Darius  In May, I attended a presentation of a report on “The Middle East in 2025: Long-Term Scenarios and Strategies for Stability.”  The report’s chief author and presenter was Florence Gaub of the EU Institute for … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Seeking Change, Young Poles Power the Right”

“Seeking Change, Young Poles Power the Right” The New York Times, June 7, 2015, p.A4 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/07/world/europe/young-seeking-change-over-ideology-power-right-wing-in-poland.html “In the recent election for the Polish presidency, a largely ceremonial office, the incumbent, who was allied with the party that governed Poland during eight … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Online China Quiz

May 8, 2015 by Darius  Time to test your China knowledge! The Christian Science Monitor has a short but fairly comprehensive online quiz testing readers’ knowledge of Chinese history, geography, economy, culture, and demography. You can find the quiz at … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Free Online Courses Starting Soon

Apr. 20, 2015 by Darius  Here are a few free online courses starting soon that some of you might find interesting: “Understanding the UK’s 2015 General Election” taught by Professor Alan Convery of the University of Edinburgh. Class description: “This course provides an … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Iraqi Sunnis Reject Minority Role, Hindering Political Solution”

“Iraqi Sunnis Reject Minority Role, Hindering Political Solution” The Wall Street Journal, April 10, 2015, p.A6 http://www.wsj.com/articles/iraqs-sunnis-dont-accept-minority-role-1428571127 “Ask anyone in Baghdad’s Sunni Muslim neighborhood of Aadhamiye about life under Iraq’s Shiite majority, and you’re likely to get a puzzled reply: ‘What … Continue reading

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