While neopatrimonialism has been a constant in politics in African states in recent years, its form & content is constantly changing and evolving.
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.
Structural Adjustment Policies were, rather than effective engines for economic development, in fact an smokescreen for the promotion and spread of global capitalism.
Due to unrealistic expectations associated with ‘thick’ reconciliation, ‘thin’ reconciliation offers practical realities and moral intent in post-conflict scenarios.
While an important source of aid in achieving local development, short-term volunteering is more suited to the volunteer than to the host community.
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 framing of immigration in Italian media takes a security, military or economic shape. This problematically ‘others’ & delegitimises those immigrants.
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.
Failed states signal that the Westphalian model lacks empirical support and is a simple political construction that deserves greater theoretical scrutiny.
Sri Lanka and Rwanda elicit a sense of victimhood upon which their respective foreign policies have been built.
Whilst Nigeria’s history of colonialism can partly explain the difficulties of achieving a functioning federalism, its ‘resource course’ is also a significant hindrance.