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‘R2P’ as an Emerging Norm

‘R2P’ as an Emerging Norm

R2P’s power lies in its potential, as an emerging norm, to shift state attitudes to mass atrocity crimes to a legal commitment to protect at risk people around the world.

The Role of Transitional Justice Processes in Building Peace in Latin America

The Role of Transitional Justice Processes in Building Peace in Latin America

To play an effective role in peace building, truth commissions must address underlying structural violence and contribute to the success of additional justice mechanisms.

Decolonising Structural Realist Understandings of Latin America.

Decolonising Structural Realist Understandings of Latin America.

Despite the fact that grand narratives inevitably advantage, disadvantage, include, and exclude, scholars should remember that the mind must still be decolonised.

To What Extent Is Neopatrimonialism the Unchanging Way in Which ‘Africa Works’?

To What Extent Is Neopatrimonialism the Unchanging Way in Which ‘Africa Works’?

While neopatrimonialism has been a constant in politics in African states in recent years, its form & content is constantly changing and evolving.

Starvation: A Political Phenomenon

Starvation: A Political Phenomenon

While their natural aspects and influences should not be disregarded, famine and starvation must be viewed primarily as a breakdown in social and political systems.

Does Epistemology Matter? The Divide Between Critical and Problem-Solving Theory

Does Epistemology Matter? The Divide Between Critical and Problem-Solving Theory

Critical theory establishes a close link between political theory and practice via its praxeological and empirical commitment to emancipatory change.

Is Austerity the Cure for Current Economic Problems?

Is Austerity the Cure for Current Economic Problems?

While austerity may have had some success in reducing absolute debt levels in some states, it has been unsuccessful in reducing the magnitude of debt to GDP.

Should Fiat Money be Replaced with Virtual Currencies?

Should Fiat Money be Replaced with Virtual Currencies?

Any advantages that a virtual currency like Bitcoin has over fiat money may be short-lived, as states will subject it to regulations that will erode its competitive edge.

Did Structural Adjustment Programmes Assist African Development?

Did Structural Adjustment Programmes Assist African Development?

Structural Adjustment Policies were, rather than effective engines for economic development, in fact an smokescreen for the promotion and spread of global capitalism.

The Political Impact of Social Media on the Arab Gulf: Saudi Arabia and Bahrain

The Political Impact of Social Media on the Arab Gulf: Saudi Arabia and Bahrain

Digital platforms have enabled a thickening of Gulf civil society, with information flows and enhanced social interaction extending and empowering popular voice.

Has the Wave of Revolutions Run its Course?

Has the Wave of Revolutions Run its Course?

Despite its usefulness, the Arendtian theory of revolution suffers through its exclusion of economic freedom, and over-focus on political freedom.