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The Developing World’s Tragic Engagement with Microcredit

The Developing World’s Tragic Engagement with Microcredit

The microcredit model has tragically failed. Governments now need to establish community-based financial institutions that can promote sustainable pro-poor development.

Ebola and the Politics of a Global Health Crisis

Ebola and the Politics of a Global Health Crisis

Ebola reveals that the globality of global health governance is a fallacy. It is not only a health crisis but a crisis of divisive global health governance.

The Islamic State and Its Viability

The Islamic State and Its Viability

The IS is a reality that it is here to stay, and it looks to have set for gradual expansion of its territorial boundaries to redraw the political map of the Middle East.

Beyond the Military Front

Beyond the Military Front

Whilst many would feel uneasy recognising law enforcement action to be war, it can be recognised as war whenever law enforcement produces the effects of battle.

Nigeria’s Rebased Economy and Its Role in Regional and Global Politics

Nigeria’s Rebased Economy and Its Role in Regional and Global Politics

Nigeria’s influence is gradually growing due to its rising economy, but its status and role in regional and global politics is not likely to experience rapid growth.

The Permanent Interim: Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Ongoing Educational Crisis

The Permanent Interim: Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Ongoing Educational Crisis

The continuation of “us” vs. “them” policies that marginalize minorities cannot bode well for a fragile country’s future. Education should be seen as a security issue.

Foreign Policy as a Tool of State-Building in the Post-Yugoslav States

Foreign Policy as a Tool of State-Building in the Post-Yugoslav States

Foreign policy as a tool of state-building promises new evidence and may force us to re-think key concepts in international relations.

IR and the Future Wars of First-Person Military Shooters

IR and the Future Wars of First-Person Military Shooters

In the third generation of military shooters, IR concerns manifest as future war and the insecurity charted by IR collapses into open confrontation.

Policing in France: Some Tips for a Would-be President?

Policing in France: Some Tips for a Would-be President?

Any would-be president needing better ratings could improve the state’s relationship with large sections of its citizenry by addressing the institution of policing.

China’s Counterproductive Counterterrorism Policies

China’s Counterproductive Counterterrorism Policies

The crackdown on Uyghur separatist violence is unlikely to be successful in the long term and may paradoxically be creating the very problem China always feared.

The Chickenhawk Argument

The Chickenhawk Argument

Concern with the chickenhawk syndrome aims to reclaim a cluster of concerns. Although its moral impulse is clear, its institutional implications are less clear.

A Liberal Defense of Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy

A Liberal Defense of Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy

Obama is a foreign policy Liberal, in the best sense of the term. He has delivered a balanced foreign policy that protects U.S. interests while promoting U.S. values.