You're surprised? Amazed? An editorial that opens with an apology? Yes, you read right. We would like to apologize to all of those among our willing readers who, upon closer inspection of our title topic, have noted with some confusion that we have not strictly stuck to the political science definition of the term "transition". We have chosen instead to use the word in its original meaning.
The original definition of transition really gets to the heart of everything we want to present in this issue in a way neither "change" nor "transformation" can quite capture.
In this issue then, we understand transition as the "passage from one form, state, style, or place to another"– expressed in chapters: the transition of states, media, cities, societies, and development policy.
We explore a wide array of political processes of change – from Southeast Asia across Turkey, Myanmar, and Pakistan to Russia and Putin's upcoming third term.
Find out how revolutions can spur on the economy and how Skype can make us cleverer in the media chapter. The chapter on cities reveals how escalators help fight the drugs trade and why a lot of money is not so good at times.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) is celebrating its 10th anniversary. DDD conducted a very interesting and (for us too) very enlightening interview with Senior Trial Lawyer Petra Kneuer from the ICC.
Does an EU Commissioner have the power in his capacity to change the world for the better? Or would even Andris Piebalgs prefer to be Bono or Mark Zuckerberg so he could reach out to more people? And what should one wish for when the legendary fairy drops from the sky to offer those coveted three wishes? Find out for yourself from Andris Piebalg's answers in the Development chapter.
Due to lack of space I cannot list all the exciting articles that await you – so embark on your own journey of discovery and get lost in transition!