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Terrorists or Freedom Fighters: A Case Study of ETA

Terrorists or Freedom Fighters: A Case Study of ETA

The ETA’s armed struggle was a necessary component of retaliating against the Spanish government’s Basque oppression, and therefore, they are freedom fighters.

The European Union’s Neighbourhood Policy in Morocco and Azerbaijan

The European Union’s Neighbourhood Policy in Morocco and Azerbaijan

The democratisation strategy of the EU in Morocco and Azerbaijan favours the stability of existing power structures and has therefore been largely ineffective.

Western Human Rights in a Diverse World: Cultural Suppression or Relativism?

Western Human Rights in a Diverse World: Cultural Suppression or Relativism?

Cultural relativism should not be an excuse to avoid the difficulties of enforcing an individualistic human rights system in communities believing in collective rights.

Is Nuclear Technology the Answer to Asia’s Energy Future?

Is Nuclear Technology the Answer to Asia’s Energy Future?

Asia’s energy future depends on increasing energy efficiency, reducing fossil fuel imports, and increasing the role of renewable and nuclear energies.

Examining the ‘Competitive Market Supervision Act’ of 2001

Examining the ‘Competitive Market Supervision Act’ of 2001

While the Act encompassed relatively minor reductions to the regulation of the American stock market, it allowed Wall Street to accrue a greater benefit from its market activities.

How Do Terrorist Groups Emerge?

How Do Terrorist Groups Emerge?

State repression heightens the sense of antagonism between certain political actors, ultimately culminating in a vision of the status quo as a state of war.

Can the South Caucasian States Establish Themselves as Independent Actors?

Can the South Caucasian States Establish Themselves as Independent Actors?

Treating the South Caucasus as one defined region is very credulous, which consequently runs the risk of blurring the complexities of regional policy-making.

The Case for Russian and East European Studies

The Case for Russian and East European Studies

Major processes such as globalisation remain – despite their international appearance – locally embedded. Area specialists can contribute to a more refined interpretation of these developments.

Conflict in the Post-Soviet Caucasus

Conflict in the Post-Soviet Caucasus

Examining Soviet ethno-federalism, economic factors, a tradition of governance, and the role of religion, what was the nature of violence and conflict in Georgia?

Problems with Anglo-American Centered International Theory

Problems with Anglo-American Centered International Theory

There is a need to expose the relationship between IR’s roots and whom it currently favours in its interpretation. Only then can we work towards a truly ‘international’ theory.

Can Gazprom be a Reliable Central Asian Gas Supplier to Europe?

Can Gazprom be a Reliable Central Asian Gas Supplier to Europe?

The EU’s interests in Central Asia are best served through cooperation with Gazprom rather than competition.

The Israel Lobby and the U.S. National Interest

The Israel Lobby and the U.S. National Interest

Mearsheimer and Walt’s illustration of the Israel lobby has led to a wide debate on the the domestic influences on foreign policy. Their thesis exaggerates the ability of interest groups to divert foreign policy, and their notion of national interest can be criticised as not in line with those who make foreign policy.

How can one best explain the Rwandan genocide?

How can one best explain the Rwandan genocide?

Whilst historical legacies and existing prejudices are important, they are not an explanation in and of themselves for the Rwandan genocide. A more accurate way to explain the genocide is to look at why ethnic tensions were maintained, and how historical events were manipulated.

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