Africa (students)

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The Myth of Soft Power in Asia

Soft power, unless blended appropriately with hard power, cannot insert influence in international relations and serve as an effective diplomatic tool.

Assessing the Relationship between Power and Morality in Nonviolent Action

Assessing the Relationship between Power and Morality in Nonviolent Action

Nonviolent action can simultaneously be pragmatic in its power to achieve the desired goal and principled by being rooted initially in morality.

Examining the Dynamics of Decolonisation in Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth

Examining the Dynamics of Decolonisation in Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth

Despite the centrality of violence to Fanon’s theses on decolonisation, he recognises the dangers, physical and psychological, of violence without a cause.

Cooperation or Competition? External Support and Interrebel Dynamics

Cooperation or Competition? External Support and Interrebel Dynamics

Non-state armed groups who receive fungible resources, such as funding or weapons, are more likely to experience interrebel fighting and less likely to be in an alliance.

Was the Brutality of War in Sierra Leone a Reflection of Primitive Barbarism?

Was the Brutality of War in Sierra Leone a Reflection of Primitive Barbarism?

War should be understood within the context where unjust power structures have created deep rooted social and political grievances which are driving the war.

What is the Future of African Regionalism?

What is the Future of African Regionalism?

Regionalism is an oft-discussed theme in relations between African states, but ideological differences and an inability to find agreement remain challenges.

Forgetting Politics: The Impossibility of Humanitarian Intervention

Forgetting Politics: The Impossibility of Humanitarian Intervention

‘Humanitarian military intervention’ is critiqued as a de-politicizing discourse, with four proposals for re-politicization suggested.

World Bank

Globalization: A Created Mechanism for the Restructuring of Developing States

Globalization tends to work to the detriment of developing states and has been a powerful tool employed by Northern states with a recent proliferation of modern players.

Navigating Nkrumah’s Theory of Neo-colonialism in the 21st Century

Navigating Nkrumah’s Theory of Neo-colonialism in the 21st Century

Through the lens of Kwame Nkrumah, current regional unification efforts by the African Development Bank and the African Union are shown to perpetuate neo-colonialism.

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.

( Brazil Jose Rubens De La Rosa, Russia Sergey Katryrin, SA Patrice Motespe, India Onkar Kanwar, China MA Zehua ) Chairmen of the BRICS countries during the media briefing at the first meeting of the BRICS Business Council held at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg. 20/08/2013

The BRICS: Rhetoric or Reality?

The BRICs have been portrayed as a new paradigm threatening the contemporary liberal world order. Yet, there is also disagreement and competition between BRICs states.

The Case of the Western Sahara and its Struggle for Independence

The Case of the Western Sahara and its Struggle for Independence

The last colony in Africa, Western Sahara has been locked in a protracted struggle for independence for over forty years.

How Has China Been Safeguarding Its Oil Imports from the Middle East and Africa?

How Has China Been Safeguarding Its Oil Imports from the Middle East and Africa?

Although oil is significant for Chinese economic development, the country’s ‘peaceful rise’ advocated as Chinese strategy of development should be called into question.

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