February 1, 2021

CCP Policy towards China's Hui and Uyghur minorities

I identify a shift over several decades in the focus of security related policies from ethnic identity to religious practice. Now, under Xi Jinping, the CCP claims that foreign Islam poses an existential security threat to the Chinese state. At the same time the CCP’s minority policies have become increasingly Han assimilationist since 2012. the CCP has started to categorize all Muslim minorities, including the Hui, as potential threats.

Hacer Z. Gonul


July 17, 2020

Yazidi Women and the Portrayal of Sexual Violence against Women in the Global South 

Mainstream feminist scholars have long discussed the difficulties women face in demonstrating their agency in different contexts. This article focuses on UK newspapers’ portrayal of Yazidi women’s experiences not only under ISIS, but also their post-ISIS lives. I propose to analyse how media discourses address the broader security implications of sexual violence that Yazidis experience and how these security problems affect their daily lives in post-conflict situations. 

Busra Nisa Sarac


February 21, 2020

Reflections from the frontline of the protests in Santiago de Chile

Who does a democracy serve when vast sections of the population feel marginalised and indignant, expressing their anger in in forceful weekly protests? What is the function of the state and its institutions when the police is associated, by many, with crimes and insecurity? And what is the way forward? This conversation brings together local and international perspectives to tap into these and other questions about the protests that have brought turmoil to the streets of Santiago de Chile over the past months. 

Julneth Martinez Atencio

Lennart Rogenhofer

Julius M. Rogenhofer


September 5, 2019

The vague concept of Rohingya land in Rakhine

The Rohingya Refugee Crisis is one of the most significant humanitarian crises in recent decades and is rooted in the forced displacement of the Rohingya ethnic group by the military-backed government of Myanmar. The Rohingyas are some of the most persecuted people in the world due to decades-long non-acknowledgement of their citizenship rights by the government of Myanmar.This article evaluates some recent proposals and potential ways forward.

Shamima Ahmed 


April 4, 2019

The jewel that is no longer shining:

A new understanding of informal settlements, case of Morabab hill, Iran

Moradab hill, an informal settlement in Karaj city, Iran has become a hotspot for city branding and redevelopment due to its visibility. First constructions began fifty years ago, through spontaneous and illegal self-constructions around a hill site. This led to the full occupation of the hills. The state and municipality cleared the hills using a series of mass evictions. 

Sombol Mokhles


January 15, 2019

Kyrgyzstan: In China’s tightening embrace?

Kyrgyzstan’s inability to escape China’s increasingly assertive influence is emblematic of the struggles faced by many smaller nations, who received investment from China under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The country will have to decide between the lures of development and the demands of concerned citizens. 

Hacer Z. Gonul

Julius M. Rogenhofer


January 6, 2021

Populism for breakfast: How hyper-partisanship captured all aspects of Turkish society

Imagine a country where you can reliably predict a person’s political leanings from the brand of jam they use, the way they tie their Hijab or which television series they watch. This article uses Turkish breakfast to understand the deep political partisanship plaguing the country.

Julius M. Rogenhofer


April 11, 2020

Some thoughts on COVID-19 and the Rule of Law

Following the outbreak of COVID-19 in Wuhan (China) the coronavirus has rapidly emerged as a global concern to public health. After COVID-19’s declaration as a “pandemic” by the World Health Organization (WHO) and an increasing death toll attributed to the disease, several countries began implementing strict measures against the disease, which affected both countries’ public and private sectors to control this crisis. In dealing with the spread of the pandemic, countries are tested by the law. 

Süleyman Feyyaz Keyik


January 14, 2020

Why pan-Turkic ultra-nationalism is no satisfying answer to the Uyghur struggle: Thoughts from a Brussels demonstration

On this gloomy, freezing Sunday afternoon, I walked out from a demonstration in Brussels puzzled and disconcerted. Like many, I answered the call to "break the silence around the Uyghurs". Attacks on Uyghur scholars and academic freedom, along with the detention of at least one million Uyghurs in camps over the past three years, raised serious concerns among my colleagues and friends from universities and international organizations...

Vanessa Frangville 


June 6, 2019

Migrant Workers in the Digital Market: China’s Platform Economy

The platform economy has become a key economic pillar of China and a catalyst for its economic transition from an industrial economy to internet-based service economy. Hong Yu Liu explores how the growth of this sector impacts on the lives of millions of, often marginalised, migrant workers, who dominate this sector's workforce. He also sheds light on why this important policy area remains understudied both by academics and policymakers.

Hong Yu Liu


February 20, 2019

Is there ‘Hope’ for Democracy in Hong Kong after the Umbrella Movement?

Over 77 days in 2014 the Umbrella Movement was a student-leaded protest for political freedom in Hong Kong. 

While  during the protests media attention was largely accorded to political celebrities such as Benny Tai or Joshua Wong, this article aims to review the movement from the perspective of ordinary activists, to document their experience, and provide a reflection on this social movement.

Hong Yu Liu


October 23, 2018

Standing up to China on Human Rights: The Case of the Uyghurs

After becoming a significant global player in the world economy and the global geostrategic calculus, China now seeks to redefine the normative framework that determines how states engage with their citizens and with each other.

Vanessa Frangville

Hacer Z. Gonul

Julius M. Rogenhofer

September 17, 2020

Coronavirus' Promise for Democracy 

COVID-19 is a chance to recalibrate our contemporary democratic imaginaries and to revise pre-existing models of democratic representation. Lockdowns and social distancing prompted historically conservative institutions to embrace technology within the democratic process. Yet, the promise of technology is not limited to parliamentarians meeting or voting online. 

Julius M. Rogenhofer


March 7, 2020

The secret churches of Uyghur Christians 

When it comes to secret societies among Uyghurs, it is very likely that the most secret and most widespread among them is the Uyghur Christian community. With a population of over 10 million people, Uyghurs are the largest ethnic group in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in South-Western China. Uyghurs are predominantly Sunni Muslims belonging to the Hanafi sect. My earliest knowledge of Christian Uyghurs begins with the story a Uyghur man named Abdullah, who I met in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang.

John Shepherd (alias)


October 28, 2019

Puerto Rican Muslims and the “Flaw in the Algorithm of Cosmopolitanism” 

Ken Chitwood uses his ethnographic fieldwork with Puerto Rican Muslims to explore the“flaws in the algorithm of cosmopolitanism”. He argues that cosmopolitanism should not be imagined only as a moral posture of world openness and engagement (as opposed to neo-nationalism or entrenched tribalisms), but as a complex and chaotic physical, emotional, and discursive encounter between peoples, places, and things that will continue to collide in the late-modern world.

Ken Chitwood


April 15, 2019

Why we should not ignore the women of ISIS who fled fighting

Now that ISIS has been defeated on the ground, there is an urgent need to address what happens to foreign female ISIS members who stay in Iraq and Syria.

When the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) declared “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014, the self-appointed Caliph of the self-described Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, called on all Muslims around the world to join ISIS in order to help build the new territorial identity.

Busra Nisa Sarac


January 18, 2019

Yezidi Women under ISIS

ISIS is already notorious for its barbarity, and the brutal treatment of women living under ISIS-controlled territories is no secret. Campaigns of rape, torture and mass murder have been proliferating since the extremist group seized territories in Iraq and Syria, but their treatment of Yazidi women and children marked a new chapter of systematic genocide of an innocent population.

*Image: Levi Clancy [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons

Busra Nisa Sarac