What We’re Reading: Political Evolutions and Middle Eastern Rivalries

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The End of History and the Last Man By Francis Fukuyama In the 2008 German film “Die Welle” (The Wave), based on a real-life social experiment conducted by an American high school teacher in 1967, a German teacher takes on the challenge of proving to his students that they aren’t immune to the allure of fascism. The students and teacher agree that certain conditions aid the spread of fascist ideas, like nationalism, high unemployment or social injustice, but none of these is present for them. But another key ingredient, certainly present, is referenced early in the film: boredom. Early on, one student asks another, “What are we supposed to rebel against these days?” (In case you’re curious, in both the film and the original experiment, the teachers created an almost uncontrollable fascistic movement within days.) There are plenty of reasons not to be bored in 2020. A pandemic has in a matter of months killed more than 400,000 people, including over 110,000 Americans. The worst economic crisis since the Great Depression is staring us in the face. Protesters, mainly in the U.S. but also in other countries, are rallying against racial injustice and police brutality in the worst unrest on […]

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Ryan Bridges
Ryan Bridges is an editor with Geopolitical Futures, having spent years both editing and writing geopolitical articles. He joined Geopolitical Futures in 2017 and spent over a year as a geopolitical analyst writing on Europe and focusing on issues relating to the European Union. His expertise as an editor was in high demand so he recently made the change back to editing rather than analyzing. Prior to Geopolitical Futures Mr. Bridges worked for seven years as an editor at Stratfor. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas, where he studied political science with a minor in philosophy. Mr. Bridges lives and works from Germany and also travels extensively in the region. He speaks some German.
Caroline D. Rose
Caroline Rose has a Masters of Science (MSc) in the History of International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Just before joining GPF she served as a Research Associate for LSE’s International Drug Policy Unit (IDPU), where she researched the nexus between illicit economies and armed insurgencies. She earned her undergraduate degree from American University's School of International Service and has worked previously at both Brookings Institute and the Atlantic Council. Her studies and projects at these institutions covered a range of topics, from Russian and Chinese cyber warfare, evolving American interest within a changing international order, and grand security strategies against state-led revisionism in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and the Pacific. Throughout she's written for a diverse array of publications including Limes in Italy.