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Monetary Sovereignty under the Gold Standard – The Case of the Ottoman Empire

Monetary Sovereignty under the Gold Standard – The Case of the Ottoman Empire

Increasing indebtedness and severe crises caused the Ottoman Empire to lose monetary sovereignty, culminating with the adoption of a limping gold standard.

Revisiting Political Culture: Libyan and Tunisian Post-Revolutionary Transitions

Revisiting Political Culture: Libyan and Tunisian Post-Revolutionary Transitions

Analysing Libya & Tunisia reveals the important role of political culture in their democratic transitions & the pitfalls of applying ‘universal’ democratic institutions.

Transitioning to Democracy: The Role of the Right in Chile and Argentina

Transitioning to Democracy: The Role of the Right in Chile and Argentina

While the left advocated the return to democracy, the right has also played an important part in the transition in both Chile and Argentina – albeit to different results.

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Hassan al-Banna: A Starting Point for Contemporary Islamic Fundamentalism

Al-Banna’s ideas of Islam’s superiority, of his conception of Islam to others, and the monopoly of the absolute truth are the first steps to judge Others as unbelievers.

Russia’s Double Historical Amnesia: Constructing the Shakhidki as ‘Black Widows’

Russia’s Double Historical Amnesia: Constructing the Shakhidki as ‘Black Widows’

In a constructed malestream military, women in combat arms are inherently irregular as they take on a twofold irregularity as female fighters and irregular combatants.

Explaining US Hegemony: A Neo-Gramscian Synthesis of Pantich, Gindin and Konings

Explaining US Hegemony: A Neo-Gramscian Synthesis of Pantich, Gindin and Konings

Transnational Historical Materialism, post-war reconstruction via the Bretton Woods System and the corporate-liberal paradigm help explain the persistence of US hegemony.

Intervention, Rectificatory Justice and Immigration: France and Ben Ali

Intervention, Rectificatory Justice and Immigration: France and Ben Ali

Looking at the example of France and Tunisia, past interference in the political and social life of a country should be considered as a criteria of assessing immigration.

Pax Americana: the United States as Global Hegemon or Imperialist in Disguise?

Pax Americana: the United States as Global Hegemon or Imperialist in Disguise?

A downward trend in prestige and economic power, along with geopolitical challenges, seems to be forcing the US to realign its foreign policy interests and direction.

Energy Security in Europe: How Is the EU Dealing with It?

Energy Security in Europe: How Is the EU Dealing with It?

Today, energy security is at the top of the EU agenda. The EU’s reliance on Russian gas has caused many nations to reconsider many of their energy-related policies.

Can Ukraine Learn Anything from Georgia?

Can Ukraine Learn Anything from Georgia?

As the USSR disintegrated, issues emerged over the autonomous republics of the region. The geopolitical shifts that followed allowed leaders to redesign their authority.

Why Are Civil Wars so Protracted and Difficult to End?

Why Are Civil Wars so Protracted and Difficult to End?

Civil wars are more protracted and difficult to terminate for numerous reasons. Nevertheless, a number of critical factors that fuel these wars can be distinguished.

The Growing “Discomfort” with Comfort Women between South Korea and Japan

The Growing “Discomfort” with Comfort Women between South Korea and Japan

The comfort women issue has been a boiling point between South Korea and Japan, one that won’t likely simmer anytime soon.