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Realist-Liberal Divide? Power & Progress in a World in Transition

Realist-Liberal Divide? Power & Progress in a World in Transition

Scholars and public commentators need to integrate the insights of the realist logic of struggle for domination and security, with the liberal logic of political development and change.

UNSC and ICC Patern(al)ship in the Praxis of the R2P: Insights from Darfur and Libya

UNSC and ICC Patern(al)ship in the Praxis of the R2P: Insights from Darfur and Libya

Questions must be raised about ostensible judicial activism and impropriety; the putative independence of the ICC in relation to the UNSC and, the direct involvement of the ICC in active conflicts especially in African states.

Reflections on the New Republic of South Sudan

Reflections on the New Republic of South Sudan

While South Sudan is clearly facing great problems and even grave danger at the moment, there is still room for optimism. The people are resilient and determined, they are proud of their new nation, and they have a remarkable capacity for hope.

Russia’s Foreign Policy in Kosovo

Russia’s Foreign Policy in Kosovo

Russia’s Balkans strategy is one of deterrence. It will maintain a high-profile denial of Kosovo’s independence and attempt to block the new nation from the international stage.

MEND: The Nature of an Insurgency

MEND: The Nature of an Insurgency

The rebellion in the Niger Delta is an attempt to address social injustice (a strategy) as well as a mode of production and a way of make a living (a tactic).

Chinese Leadership Transition and Cross-Strait Relations: Continuity Amid Uncertainty

Chinese Leadership Transition and Cross-Strait Relations: Continuity Amid Uncertainty

Although the upcoming Chinese leadership transition inevitably injects a degree of uncertainty into its relations vis-à-vis Taiwan, both history and the recent successes of Beijing’s cross-Strait policy make drastic changes unlikely.

The Western Sahara Peace Process: Tragedy or Farce?

The Western Sahara Peace Process: Tragedy or Farce?

The UN mandate to achieve a political solution that will afford Western Sahara its long denied right to self-determination is a farce and everyone knows it.

Getting Somalia Wrong

Getting Somalia Wrong

By presenting Somalia as the world’s worst country, elements of the media are not only doing Somalia a disservice, they are blinding the world to the opportunities the country has to offer.

Turkey’s Concerns on Syrian WMDs

Turkey’s Concerns on Syrian WMDs

Syria is different to all other countries hit by the Arab Spring. The international community’s main security concern should be the fate of Syrian WMDs.

(Mis)Stating Palestine

(Mis)Stating Palestine

The Palestinian Authority’s reforms have appeared to make it into a fierce entity. In actuality, they conceal deeper weaknesses in the organization which need to be addressed.

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