Journal of Political Risk, Vol. 7, No. 5, May 2019
By Laurent Chamontin
A confusing traffic light system with multiple signal heads. Getty
The 2010s are characterized by an exceptional amount of political volatility (e.g., Brexit, and Donald Trump’s election). This volatility resulted from an unprecedented level of complexity, whether at the level of individuals, nations, or the world, generating outbursts of populism, loss of long-term orientation, dysfunctional newspeak, and decay of international institutions. To overcome this challenge, democracies must rethink their education policies and promote a redesign of multilateral institutions to better coexist with the nation state.
If the purpose of politics is to provide mankind with the consideration of perspectives for the purpose of organization, then indeed we are experiencing a world-scale political crisis. Any nostalgia for supposedly more stable eras put aside, political volatility has increased to a level unprecedented since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Continue reading →
Journal of Political Risk, Vol. 7, No. 2, February 2019
By Heath Hansen
I looked up into
the big, blue sky. Far in the distance, I spotted a C-130 Hercules headed
towards the open grass field I waited upon. For a few moments, I watched as the
plane continued in my direction; suddenly, from the tail-end of the aircraft,
paratroopers jumped out into the open air. The parachutes expanded sideways as
they became caught in the wind and fully inflated, pulling the soldiers swiftly
with them. Dozens of troops poured out of the fuselage and descended to the
ground. I saw the first jumper hit the grass and quickly sprinted to him.
“Dad?” I asked. “No kid, your dad is still coming down; we put a white band on his helmet so you could recognize him.” Looking up, he extended his arm and pointed to a spot about 200 feet in the air at a fast descending grunt with white sports tape lining the outside of his helmet. “There he is.”