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How Long Will the Dragon Wait? China and the Retrocession of Taiwan

How Long Will the Dragon Wait? China and the Retrocession of Taiwan

The intent of China gaining Taiwan is a sacrosanct part of politico-policy and therefore China will retain its ‘total war’ attitude to the crisis. 

Elite Choices, Path Dependency and the Arab Spring

Elite Choices, Path Dependency and the Arab Spring

Structural and demographic factors have been favoured as explanations for the Arab Spring, but more careful analysis and research points to the impact of national elites.

A crowd of demonstrators participating in a protest against the ongoing use of weapons by rebel militias inside Tripoli and accompanying atmosphere of lawlessness wave banners demanding disarmament and the creation of a national army. The newly-formed Libyan government is struggling to assert itself over the disparate power actors who emerged over the past year.

Human Rights Movements in the Middle East

After decades of activism and the recent protest movements, there has been little progress in changing state action to comply with international human rights law.

Huawei in Central and Eastern Europe: From Strategic Partner to Potential Threat

Huawei in Central and Eastern Europe: From Strategic Partner to Potential Threat

Huawei’s battle for CEE cannot be isolated from the PRC’s inroads into the region which are characterized by embedding capitalist forces into a Leninist governance model.

Unmasking ‘Religious’ Conflicts and Religious Radicalisation in the Middle East

Unmasking ‘Religious’ Conflicts and Religious Radicalisation in the Middle East

When one discusses conflicts that may have a religious background, it is mandatory to question when and under what circumstances does a conflict qualify as a ‘religious’.

Narratives, Emotions, and the Contestations of the Liberal Order

Narratives, Emotions, and the Contestations of the Liberal Order

Scholars should look at narratives in order to explore developments in world politics and because they might make them mindful of the nature of their own narratives.

Environmental (In)Security in the Middle East

Environmental (In)Security in the Middle East

Environmental issues are interlinked with social and political struggles across the region, and water and food security are areas in which countries have common interests.

Economic (In)security and Economic Integration in the Middle East

Economic (In)security and Economic Integration in the Middle East

Although strategic plans like ‘Vision 2030’ acknowledge problems, it remains to be seen whether the GCC states can address increasing inequality, unemployment, and a decline in oil wealth.

Introducing Regional Security in the Middle East

Introducing Regional Security in the Middle East

The Middle East occupies a unique strategic position. Hence, we can understand why it has attracted the attention of great powers and empires throughout history.

A close-up of a UN Police officer as he and colleagues, along with the Haitian National Police, conduct a security operation in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti. Lasting some three hours, the officers’ search for weapons and gang members resulted in seven detained suspects.

Haiti: Peace-Keeping as the Path to Peace, State-Building, and Democracy

More than ten years after the first UN mission, peace is still far from becoming reality, but the government has the instruments to dissuade uprisings and violence.  

Iraq’s Evolving Paramilitaries Will Have an Impact on State and Society

Iraq’s Evolving Paramilitaries Will Have an Impact on State and Society

As a semi-autonomous, parallel security force, the PMF groups are now influential political and economic actors, who continue to impact Iraqi state and society.

Societal (In)Security in the Middle East: Radicalism as a Reaction?

Societal (In)Security in the Middle East: Radicalism as a Reaction?

Conflicting identities and loyalties date back to the Sykes-Picot accord. In the years since, they have been emboldened by the functional inefficiencies of Arab states.

The Decline of the SDLP and their European Election Brexit Headache

The Decline of the SDLP and their European Election Brexit Headache

The unanticipated divisions of Brexit have hastened the SDLP into a situation where their once consistent message on Europe is rupturing.

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