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The success of
the UK Independence Party in local elections indicates a lack of
trust in mainstream politicians on migration. This leaves the pro-migration
lobby with a bigger role than ever, and some challenging questions about how to
impact on public opinion
With a victory of the ruling Barisan Nasional, it was tempting to write
off the results of this Sunday's election as another missed opportunity to
reform Malaysia's chronic status quo. Yet,
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After being sidelined since December 2011, the Kremlin's once-mighty propagandist Vladislav Surkov was today ousted from government. Mikhail Loginov looks back at the career of the former 'grey cardinal', and defines the man who has replaced him, Vyacheslav Volodin.
In a keynote lecture from the Oecumene project's second symposium, Saba Mahmood shows that religious liberty is a mechanism of statecraft and discusses the implications for religious minority populations.
should liberal Russians interact with an increasingly illiberal regime?
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