The Political Economy of Kyrgyzstan

Today we’re bringing you another guest post from Zack Kramer, the second in his five part series on the political economies of the former Soviet Central Asian countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Today we’re looking at Kyrgyzstan.As always, if you would like to pitch something for attwiw, please email me. And if you’ve enjoyed this… Continue reading The Political Economy of Kyrgyzstan

The Political Economy of Kazakhstan

In attwiw’s newest guest post, Zack Kramer offers some background on Kazakhstan. This article is the first in a planned series of five from Zack on the political economies of the former Soviet Central Asian countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Remote and sparsely populated, these countries have taken different approaches to establishing their… Continue reading The Political Economy of Kazakhstan

Culture and Politics in Tokugawa Japan, Part 2: The Floating World

Carson Rogers returns today to finish his two-part series on the politics and culture of the Edo/Tokugawa period. In the first installment, he looked at the political structure of that period and how it shaped Japanese society and culture. In this piece, Carson focuses on the rise of the Japanese merchant class and its effect… Continue reading Culture and Politics in Tokugawa Japan, Part 2: The Floating World

Inaccurate Conception: Orthodoxy, Autocephaly, and the Nation-State

It’s time for another guest post! Today we’ve got a piece by freelance writer and Harvard Divinity School student Hannah Gais on the recent schism between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople over the latter’s decision to give Ukrainian church leaders permission to form an autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Hannah argues… Continue reading Inaccurate Conception: Orthodoxy, Autocephaly, and the Nation-State

Using Middle Eastern Christians for Imperial Aims

I’m very excited to bring you our first attwiw guest post! Georgetown University’s Joshua Mugler looks at the Trump administration’s “defense”of Middle Eastern Christians and places them in the context of similar–and generally cynical–past claims. If you would like to pitch something for attwiw, please email me. And if you enjoy this content, please consider… Continue reading Using Middle Eastern Christians for Imperial Aims