Africa

Short-Term Volunteering and Local Development Projects in Developing Countries

Short-Term Volunteering and Local Development Projects in Developing Countries

While an important source of aid in achieving local development, short-term volunteering is more suited to the volunteer than to the host community.

Balancing the Rights of Sovereign States With Those of Secessionist Movements

Balancing the Rights of Sovereign States With Those of Secessionist Movements

For secession, the balance of rights, despite a shift towards a more ‘liberal’ international law in recent years, should remain in the favour of (just) sovereign states.

The Construction of Immigration in Italian Media

The Construction of Immigration in Italian Media

The framing of immigration in Italian media takes a security, military or economic shape. This problematically ‘others’ & delegitimises those immigrants.

Does the State Always Precede the Nation in the Middle East & North Africa?

Does the State Always Precede the Nation in the Middle East & North Africa?

Taking Turkey and Egypt as two conflicting examples, the issue of whether the state precedes the nation is illuminated in its multi-varied and complex nature.

International Security and “Failed States”: A Cause for Concern?

International Security and “Failed States”: A Cause for Concern?

Failed states signal that the Westphalian model lacks empirical support and is a simple political construction that deserves greater theoretical scrutiny.

Victim-Politics and Post-Conflict Foreign Policy in Rwanda and Sri Lanka

Victim-Politics and Post-Conflict Foreign Policy in Rwanda and Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka and Rwanda elicit a sense of victimhood upon which their respective foreign policies have been built.

Nigeria’s “Resource Curse”: Oil as Impediment to True Federalism

Nigeria’s “Resource Curse”: Oil as Impediment to True Federalism

Whilst Nigeria’s history of colonialism can partly explain the difficulties of achieving a functioning federalism, its ‘resource course’ is also a significant hindrance.

Drawing Links Between Food Security and Land Rights in an Era of Globalization

Drawing Links Between Food Security and Land Rights in an Era of Globalization

With an increasing world population and changing weather patterns, governments must rapidly address concerns regarding international policy on food security.

The ICC and Africa: Complementarity, Transitional Justice, and the Rule of Law

The ICC and Africa: Complementarity, Transitional Justice, and the Rule of Law

The absence of preemptive and positive complementarity in the ICC’s proceedings is the largest obstacle to creating a lasting benefit for African state judicial systems.

A Critical Evaluation of the Concept of Human Security

A Critical Evaluation of the Concept of Human Security

Critics of human security argue that its adoption has done little to change the behaviour of states or alleviate pressures of everyday life of the most vulnerable.

Comparing Third-Party Management of Peace Spoilers in Liberia and Sierra Leone

Comparing Third-Party Management of Peace Spoilers in Liberia and Sierra Leone

The way third parties manage spoilers during peace processes plays an important role in explaining why some peace agreements are successful and why others fail.

Analysing the Lord’s Resistance Army Through Liberalism & Social Constructivism

Analysing the Lord’s Resistance Army Through Liberalism & Social Constructivism

Using the case study of the Lord’s Resistance Army in northern Uganda, liberalism’s approach to peacebuilding is inadequate compared to social constructivism’s.