| July 14, 2012

Democracy and Change: What are the Prospects for an “African Spring?”

High unemployment and expectations among a bulging youth population, cost of living pressures, aging long-time rulers and government that isMore…

| July 12, 2012

Did the June 23 Movement Change Senegal?

During the Arab Spring, the key to toppling oppressive regimes was mass mobilization against leaders like Ben Ali and Mubarak,More…

| June 15, 2012

The Coming Elections in Zimbabwe: Hysterical Headlines and Happy Losers

Zimbabwe’s Government of National Unity (GNU) was formed three and a half years ago, a month after Barack Obama wasMore…

| July 2, 2012

A Vision and a Program for the American Left: A Conversation with Roberto Mangabeira Unger on the Situation, the Task, and the Remaking of the Democratic Party

In late June of this election year, a short YouTube video entitled “Beyond Obama” rocked the political media and blogosphere.More…

| June 11, 2012

Rediscovering Politics

Matthew Noah Smith and Todd Gitlin have written terrific reflections on Occupy—so good that, when I was first asked toMore…

| May 21, 2012

Occupy’s Expressive Impulse

Matthew Noah Smith has written a most cogent critique of Occupy’s current direction—its prime direction, anyway. I agree with almostMore…

| September 7, 2012

The Return of the Opposition in Gabon

“I left Gabon in a wheelchair; I’ll come back on my two legs. People that have said I’m dead andMore…

| September 5, 2012

An African Lysistrata in Togo

On Saturday 25 August in Lomé Togo, a group of female civil society activists from the organization Let’s Save TogoMore…

| June 4, 2012

Democracy in Mali: A True Festival of Robbers

The political crisis in Mali, precipitated by a military coup d’état on 22 March that toppled the country’s increasingly unpopularMore…


From the Current Crisis to Possible Futures

“Today we face an abundance of crises. We use the word most for what has happened in financial markets, but there are also crises in domestic politics and global governance—crises of environmental degradation, refugees and forced migration, infectious disease, and war. Each creates both intellectual and practical puzzles. Each shapes what possible futures are open to us, but seizing more rather than less attractive futures depends on deepening our knowledge of what is going on and what is possible.”

- Craig Calhoun, Series Editor, Possible Futures Book Series