What “post-factual news” means for researchers

Some semi-random thoughts, as headlines continue to focus on "post-factual" news: There is a lot in common between what we're seeing now in Britain and the US, and  researchable "news" in fragile and conflict affected states. The recent Brexit referendum…

Terraforming Diplomacy: Beijing, Manila and the Scarborough Shoal

Over the last eight years I've commissioned, edited or led a dozen or more research studies and analytical pieces on the South China Sea disputes.   China's assertiveness in the region, and especially the way that it has operationalized its diplomatic…

Maps: Telling a Story of Imagined Omniscience

In lieu of something original from me, I offer you something insightful by someone else - Michael Caines, in the Times Literary Supplement, reviewing a new British Library exhibition entitled Maps and the Twentieth Century: Drawing the line. It tells…

Bestowing Infinite Pains on Discovering What Actually Happened

In his much quoted critique of medieval historiography, R.J. Collingwood noted that historians, ... in their anxiety to detect the general plan of history, and their belief that this plan was God's and not man's, they tended to look for…

The Taliban Reader: War, Islam and Politics in Their Own Words

Some exciting news: Alex Strick van Linschoten and Felix Kuehn, two key members of the Taliban Sources Project (TSP), have announced their plans for the  The Taliban Reader: War, Islam and Politics in Their Own Words. The book is due…

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