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About Piers Purdy

Piers Purdy is a former editorial manager (2016-2017) and ongoing collaborator with democraciaAbierta. He is a researcher, writer and political analyst and is interested in international development, civil conflict and public policy. He holds a BA in Politics from the University of Nottingham, and a Masters in International Relations from the Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI). He tweets at @pierspurdy.

Piers Purdy fue gerente de redacción (2016-2017) y actualmente colabarador de democraciaAbierta. Investigador, escritor y analista politico de desarollo internacional, conflictos civiles y políticas públicas. Tiene un grado en Políticas por la Universidad de Nottingham y un Master en Relaciones internacionales por el institut Barcelona d'Estudis internacionals. Twitea en @pierspury

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

The fight for human rights continues across the Middle East

As governments have become more  powerful, helped by Western companies and governments, civil society is finding it harder to keep up. New ideas are needed to restore civic space, explains Elsa Saade.

What we missed when the world's eyes fell on Standing Rock

It is too early too see the environmental impacts of the Dakota Access Pipeline. But Standing Rock learned a lot about how to resist the self-interest of dominant society for future movements, explains Dave Archambault II.

Is it time we had an international framework for unilateral secession?

The current UN Charter is unsuitable, outdated and preoccupied with the era of decolonisation, which posed very different challenges to those we are facing today.

Finding a cure to the resource curse

Ghana outstrips Uganda on most indicators of democracy, development and governance, yet Uganda is much stronger when it comes to getting a good deal for the country from natural resource extraction. It's not about what institutions you have in place, but how they function.

How to build trust in the Middle East

Timur takes us through nearly a thousand years of history, as he traces the Middle East's persistent underdevelopment to a culture of mistrust and certain Islamic institutions.

North America is your future

Economic globalisation, as a process, ended around 2008. So what does the future global economic landscape look like?

Team Syntegrity emergent

If creativity is born from bringing different perspectives together, the group’s diversity was a positive sign from the outset.

After conflict, how do people manage to survive?

When the state is either incapable or unwilling to provide basic welfare for its citizens, who steps in? As the social infrastructure of Middle Eastern and North African countries lie in ruins, understanding  why charities, political parties and for-profit actors is critical in rebuilding them.

New ideas for 'urban citizenship'

Urban centres across the world are facing immense challenges as they attempt to provide quality public services. What are they missing? Urban Citizenship.

Apès avoir parcouru 5.500km à travers l'enfer

Les témoignages recueillis pendant une semaine dans le seul centre humanitaire de France pour les migrants, éligibles à déposer une demande d’asile, nous montre que son travail est nécessaire, aujourd’hui plus que jamais. English

After walking 5,500km through hell

The stories from a week in France’s only humanitarian centre for registered refugees show us that their work is needed now more than ever. Français

¿Cómo hacer que América vuelva a ser grande otra vez? ¿Atacando a México?

Mientras el Presidente Trump concluye su primera semana en la Casa Blanca con políticas de proteccionismo extremo, parece evidente que no habrá  tregua para América Latina. English

How to make America great again? Bully Mexico.

As President Trump concludes his first week in the White House with extremely protectionist policies, there will be no sigh of relief in Latin America.  Español

"Si volviera a nacer, volvería a ser trabajadora sexual"

Elena Reynaga, Secretaria Ejecutiva de RedTraSex y fundadora de la Asociación de Mujeres Meretrices de la Argentina, cuenta su historia, y la de la lucha continua por los derechos de las trabajadoras sexuales. Entrevista. English 

"If I were born again, I would still be a sex worker"

Elena Reynaga, RedTraSex Executive Secretary and founder of AMMAR shares her story, the success of her organisations and the ongoing fight for sex worker rights in Latin America. Interview. Español

Venezuela, choose your President

We can learn a lot about the current humanitarian crisis in Maduro’s Venezuela through Woody Allen and the Tropico computer game series. Español

Venezuela: elija su propio dictador

Es posible entender la crisis humanitaria que está teniendo lugar en la Venezuela de Maduro a través de Woody Allen y el juego de computadora Tropico. English

As feridas dos Jogos Olímpicos do Rio de Janeiro continuam abertas

Depois da desaparição das câmaras fotográficas e dos sorrisos de felicidade olímpica, o Projeto 100 recusa-se a esquecer as famílias que ficaram do lado dos derrotados nestes Jogos. Español English

Las heridas de los Juegos Olímpicos de Río siguen abiertas

Tras la desaparición de cámaras y sonrisas de felicidad olímpica en la ciudad, el Proyecto 100 no quiere olvidar a las familias que cayeron del lado perdedor de los Juegos. Português English

Rio’s Olympic wounds are still raw

The cameras and winning smiles have left the city, but Project 100 refuses to forget the families on the losing side of the Olympics. Português Español

After Cameron: How can you mend a broken country?

In seeking a One Party Britain, David Cameron sowed the seeds not for a united nation, but a divided one. A sign that Britain’s ‘Left Behind’ are now beginning to have their voices heard.

Civil society under attack in Latin America

Core civil society rights have been violated in at least 14 Latin American countries in 2015, says Civicus’ annual report on civil society. Español

La sociedad civil, atacada en América Latina

Según el informe anual de Civicus sobre la sociedad civil en el mundo, se violan derechos fundamentales en al menos 14 países de América Latina. English

What exactly do pro-Brexiters mean when they say they want to make Britain great again?

Do we measure a nation's greatness as being restricted to its borders, or as being part of a much larger project?

The current Euro-debate is driven by a nationalist agenda

Today, it is entirely possible to be a Eurosceptic while opposing withdrawal from the EU, seeking further European cooperation within a democratic framework preventing the empowerment of big business.

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