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“Worlds Apart” Extreme to mainstream

There is hardly another region in the word where extremism has become more mainstream than in the Middle East and North Africa. With political, ethnic and sectarian divisions fuelling wars in at least four countries and threatening to inflame even more, hasn’t moderation long become a fool’s errand? To discuss this, Oksana is joined by…

“Worlds Apart” Lethal attraction?

Russia and the United States have a long history of loving to hate one another. Both have defined themselves in opposition to the other, while also rejoicing at detentes and looking jealously when the other pursues relationships elsewhere. Can the two ever develop a mature, drama-free mode of communication? To discuss this, Oksana is joined…

“Worlds Apart” Border in-control?

It took the Russians and Americans less than a week to go from half-hearted negotiating efforts to full-blown recriminations. Each side has effectively accused the other of making a deal with the devil and choosing war over peace in Syria. Will this exchange of verbal fire transpire into an actual confrontation between major powers and…

“Worlds Apart” Good for business?

Western motivational speakers like to point out that the word “crisis” is composed of two characters in the Chinese language: one representing danger and the other, opportunity. While linguists have long dismissed this rhetorical device as inaccurate, does this idea of harnessing calamity have any practitioners? To discuss this, Oksana is joined by Tony Fernandes,…

“Worlds Apart” Connect & project?

Over the last decade, it has become quite fashionable to profess admiration for technocratic governments. Former UK Prime Minister David Cameron promised one when he ran for office, and so did outgoing US President Barack Obama, but none was able to deliver it. Is technocracy yet another liberal myth, similar to the end of history…

“Worlds Apart” Truce misuse?

With fighting in Aleppo reaching new levels of ferocity, it’s easy to say the Syrian ceasefire never stood a chance. Yet a closer look at published documents reveals painstaking details and meticulous sequencing, indicating serious efforts on the part of the negotiators. Why then, despite all the work put into it, has this roadmap not…

“Worlds Apart” Indecent covers?

The burkini debate in France has surprised many foreigners by its insistence on seeing the symbolic in the mundane and not seeing the women behind the garments. In its efforts to safeguard secularism and stand up to religious fanatics, hasn’t the French state itself become a zealot? To discuss this, Oksana is joined by Noelle…

“Worlds Apart” Transfer without transition?

The death of Uzbekistan’s president Islam Karimov has produced a raft of speculation about the country’s imminent power transition but also revealed an interesting change. For the first time in many years, the Russians and the Americans are not backing different political camps, both are stressing stability, continuity and orderly transition instead. Is that just…

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