To assert that Islam necessitates authoritarian regimes eschews the diverse experiences of Muslims, and interpretations of Islam and democracy.
The geopolitical imaginations in the film ‘Shake Hands with the Devil’ offer a unique inside-out perspective from the position of one man, Romeo Dallaire, and his experience of Rwandan genocide.
Democratic participation must be considered the most significant feature of a ‘bottom up’ approach to development as it provides accountability, efficiency and stability.
The ‘crisis of masculinity’ thesis focuses solely on changing gender relations in post-apartheid South Africa, and is inadequate for explaining the high level of gender-based violence.
National security is often seen as the defence of state borders, but it concerns the protection of citizens and the rule of law, and thus should not be separated from human security.
Although the Arab Uprisings offered an opportunity for the EU to revise its approach toward its neighbourhood and shape the region to its advantage, the new ENP fails to deliver this goal.
The concept of state failure suffers from inherent over-simplification and is vulnerable to circular arguments that can be misleading to policy-makers targeting contemporary challenges.
Aid remains one of the EU’s most important means of imposing itself in the world, and can be more effective when combined with other tools in a favourable domestic context.