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Climate Change and the Sinking Island States in the Pacific

Climate Change and the Sinking Island States in the Pacific

Small island nations are exposed to multi-dimensional climate crises such as ocean level rise, flooding, coastal erosion, inundation of agricultural lands, drying up of drinking water and sea acidification, which endangers fish life and stock.

Can Zimbabwe Move Beyond the Sanctions Rhetoric?

Can Zimbabwe Move Beyond the Sanctions Rhetoric?

As long as the playing field is not level, inequality between the political elite and the ordinary citizen will ensure that Zimbabwe remains politically unstable and a humanitarian concern.

Reinforcing Environmental Degradation With Market-Based Sustainability Schemes

Reinforcing Environmental Degradation With Market-Based Sustainability Schemes

In order to change the capitalist culture that causes mass consumerism, we need environmental initiatives that do not reinforce the problematic consumer culture.

The Afghan Peace Talks, China, and the Afghan Elections

The Afghan Peace Talks, China, and the Afghan Elections

As the United States pulls back from international commitments, and Afghanistan continues to be internally unstable, China is glad to step in.

Opinion – Trump’s Effective China Strategy

Opinion – Trump’s Effective China Strategy

Trump may not be a ‘stable genius’, but when it comes to China, he might well have the most effective foreign policy of all the U.S. presidents of the last thirty years.

General view of the Osmaniye Cevdetiye Camp, in Turkey on 10th of February, 2016 during a visit by the BUG - Committee on Budgets Delegation of the European Parliament.

Competing Logics of Security toward Syrian Refugees in Turkey and Lebanon

Turkey’s and Lebanon’s high levels of political polarization could engender competing logics of security and increase Syrian refugees’ vulnerability to instability.

International Hierarchies Built Upon Gratitude as Political Power

International Hierarchies Built Upon Gratitude as Political Power

Gratitude expressed by subaltern states help hegemons to represent themselves as benevolent actors. Thus gratitude reinforces the will to pursue global hegemony. 

The Global Compact on Refugees and Latin America

The Global Compact on Refugees and Latin America

Refugee protection might be enhanced in Latin America, but perhaps inspirations can also arise to be replicated globally in improving the chances of success of the GCR.

The Security Council unanimously adopts resolution 2254 (2015), requesting the Secretary-General, through his good offices and the efforts of his Special Envoy for Syria, to convene representatives of the Syrian government and the opposition to engage in formal negotiations on a political transition process on an urgent basis, with a target of early January 2016 for the initiation of talks.

International Organizations’ Emergency Powers: Ratchet or Rollback?

Although emergency powers come with formidable normative problems, when International Organisations resort to emergency politics they do what they were envisioned for.

The Evolution of International Relations in France

The Evolution of International Relations in France

French approaches to IR which sit between a sociology of IR and international political sociology might prepare scholars to increase their international impact.

How Cyberspace Changes International Conflict

How Cyberspace Changes International Conflict

The international system is ill equipped to create regulatory mechanisms that inhibit and control state action in Cyberspace, much less the myriad other actors that can wield such violence.

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