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I'm a freelance journalist currently based in London. When I'm not reading, writing or tweeting I'm probably listening to Springsteen or watching cricket.

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‘Beware of fashion, beware of orthodoxy, think for yourself’

Michael Ignatieff knows a thing or two about authoritarianism. As President and Rector of the Central European University in Budapest, Ignatieff has found himself on the frontline of the fight for academic and intellectual freedom in Viktor Orbán’s Hungary. In an interview, Ignatieff reflected on what has caused the rising tide of authoritarianism, where academics have gone wrong, and what they must do to start fighting back.

Building South Sudan

South Sudan is the world’s youngest country. After nearly 99% of eligible voters opted to secede from Sudan in 2011, people like William Lochi set about putting in place the building blocks that he and many others hoped would lead to South Sudan becoming a successful democracy. Progress has been fitful thus far, marred by on-off civil conflict and political upheaval. However Lochi, the Deputy-Secretary General of the South Sudanese government, remains optimistic that South Sudan’s future is bright. In Florence to undertake a Young Policy Leader fellowship at the School of Transnational Governance, Lochi hopes to return to Juba with a fresh perspective on governing and policymaking in his fledgling home country.

A ‘magnificent achievement,’ imperilled

As dignitaries gathered in Belfast last week to commemorate twenty years since the Good Friday agreement was signed, ending over three decades of bloody sectarian conflict on the island of Ireland, a Brexit-shaped shadow loomed large. According to Professor Brigid Laffan, Director of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, London’s apparent reluctance to take the Irish problem seriously could lead to the unravelling of Good Friday and the reappearance of violence on the border.
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