Battle Readings is a regularly updated compilation of articles, essays, and opinion pieces relevant to the themes of the Battle of Ideas.
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By simply proclaiming that 'migrants lives matter' rather than making any substantive case in favour of freer borders, many of the commentators around the crisis implicitly demonised those who harboured legitimate concerns about welcoming the migrants.
Luke Gittos, politics.co.uk, 14 October 2015
The mass displacement of young men poses great challenges to countries such as Syria, home to more than half of those fleeing: the exodus deprives them of a demographic vital to reconstruction and economic growth.
Ben Hubbard, Business Day, 12 October 2015
The UN’s sustainable development goals can’t be achieved unless more funding goes to data and statistics, says new report.
Sarah Shearman, Guardian, 28 September 2015
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this week passed the 1,000th day of his second tenure as prime minister, which began in December 2012. On Thursday, he officially began a new three-year term as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
Wall Street Journal, 24 September 2015
Imad Mesdoua, a political analyst specialising in the Middle East, North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa, discusses the regional security situation.
Christine Petré, Your Middle East, 22 September 2015
The real victor in the Greek elections was the Troika’s bureaucratic fatalism.
Tim Black, spiked, September 2015
The stabilisation of Japan’s stock market since 2012 is built on more secure foundations than these worries might suggest.
Tom Stevenson, Telegraph, 12 September 2015
Who cares if killing those jihadis was legal? The question is: was it right?
Luke Gittos, spiked, September 2015
Tara McCormack, spiked, August 2015
An edited extract from Volunteer Tourism: The Lifestyle Politics of International Development
Jim Butcher and Pete Smith, spiked, 19 June 2015
Battle of Ideas 2011 Showreel
"I have been doing the Battle of Ideas for a couple of years, but never before have I felt so heartened and so alive as the day ended. The spectacle of so many fascinating minds, none too proud to agree, none too modern to disagree, all at work on the most important questions of this rocky period: it's enough to make you believe there's hope for the species, yet."
Zoe Williams, columnist, Guardian; author, What Not to Expect When You're Expecting