Policy Study No.4: Literary and Political Stakes in Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

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The paper attempts to analyze the ways literature may interact with its readers, the subtle way fiction interferes with reality. The example we take is “Reading Lolita in Tehran”, a controversial book mainly due to the articles of Hamid Dabashi intending to deconstruct Azar Nafisi’s memoir. We contend that Reading Lolita in Tehran shows poignant […]

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Opinion No.13: Fifteen war massacre perpetrators arrested in Bosnia and Serbia

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On December 5, 2014, “Serbia and Bosnia carried out a pre-dawn sweep of arrests” of those responsible for a massacre which took place 21 years ago, Star and Stripes reports, quoting an AP text. The same open sources report that “investigative documents show how the two countries – bitter wartime enemies – worked together to […]

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Policy Brief No.62: Massive U.S. military ‘retrograde operations’ in Afghanistan are going on

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Since February 2014, “the U.S. has retrograded or divested 12,000 pieces of rolling stock – vehicles, mostly”, from Afghanistan, “and more than 25,000 shipping containers or vehicles have been exported to either U.S. bases in Kuwait or straight to the U.S.”, Star and Stripes reports on December 7. The effort aimed at bringing a large […]

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Policy Study No.3: China: Aspects of nuclear policy

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Nowadays, China is one of the most (if not the most) important power player in the Asia-Pacific region. The remarkable rate at which Beijing’s economy is growing makes us wonder how long it will take before it surpasses the American one. Beyond the fact that it is one of the world’s leading powers (at least […]

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News Alert No.100: Russia military exercise at the Ukraine border

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 “Conspicuous military drills in the south of the country, not far from the Ukraine border,” on December 5, 2014 , Reuters reports. “Russian officials say the exercises are design to allow their pilots to practice their skills on new fighter jets and bombers.”[1] On December 5, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, speaking after a meeting […]

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News Alert No.99: Turkey and Russia – growing interdependence

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“Russia’s offer of a centre stage role in its revised gas export plans to Turkey, after President Putin killed off the South Stream pipeline to southeast Europe, has been greeted with more muted applause in Ankara than Moscow might have hoped,”[1] Reuters reports on December 4, 2014. According to RT.com, Gazprom CEO Aleksey Miller said […]

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Policy Paper No.12: Falklands – a never-ending challenge

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According to Mercopress, on December 3, 2014, “Argentine opposition lawmakers expressed concern about alleged logistic support from Brazil and Chile to British warships and other auxiliary vessels in the South Atlantic and demanded the government of President Cristina Fernández report to Congress on the matter.”[1] Lawmaker Juan Carlos Zabalza, who is a member of the […]

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