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Mural in Karachi. Pakistan multiple identities cannot be reduced to religious fanaticism. Wasif Malik/Flickr

Pakistan’s quest for identity: contesting Islam

Pakistan has often been misunderstood to be exclusively built upon a national Islamic identity, ignoring the multiculturality and divisive role of Islam in the definition of its national identity.
The battle for the Franklin River runs far deeper than simply providing the backdrop for a political tug-of-war. PETER DOMBROVSKIS/ LIZ DOMBROVSKIS/AAP

Essays On Air: how archaeology helped save the Franklin River

Essays on Air: how archaeology helped save the Franklin River. The Conversation23.2 MB (download)
The battle to save the Franklin River - an exhilarating story of politics, cultural heritage and passionate environmentalism - captivated the nation in 1983.
French President Emmanuel Macro arrives at the Tallinn Digital Summit, September 28, 2017. Aron Urb/EU2017EE Estonian Presidency

Emmanuel Macron: president of the ‘liquid’ society

Since his election, Emmanuel Macron has emerged as a man of the "liquid" society, where finance, labour, politics and people shift and flow. What matters is change, not the direction one is taking.
Indonesia’s former president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (left), and current president, Joko Widodo, had activists and scholars supporting their presidential campaigns. Many of them have since been given special staff positions in the administration. Adi Weda/EPA

Indonesia’s predatory politics neuter former activists’ attempts at reform from within the system

Many activists have entered politics in the two decades of Indonesia's democratisation. But this hasn't improved the quality of democracy in the country.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Indonesian President Joko Widodo arrive for photographs ahead of a bilateral meeting during the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit in Sydney on March 17, 2018. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Deciphering Jokowi’s Javanese card in ASEAN-Australia relations

Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's statement on inviting Australia to join ASEAN has raised speculations that he was just being Javanese. This is the background to that statement.
There are widespread fears that so-called echo chambers and filter bubbles are leading to political polarization that poses a danger to democracy. But are the fears unfounded? (Melvin Sokolsky/1963 via Creative Commons)

The myth of the echo chamber

Despite fears that so-called echo chambers are causing political polarization, a new study suggests it's not the case.

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