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Understanding the Human Terrain in Warfare: A Clash of Moralities

Understanding the Human Terrain in Warfare: A Clash of Moralities

Proof of concept programs are, by their very nature, cutting edge experiments funded to enhance the efficiency and morality of the warfare the U.S. Army is charged with conducting. It is unreasonable to assume that these programs will come out of the box perfect.

The Challenging Road to Reconciliation in Rwanda

The Challenging Road to Reconciliation in Rwanda

In the 1994 Rwandan genocide, Hutus killed about 700 hundred thousand Tutsis. This piece will discuss institutions and processes of reconciliation since the genocide, discussing both their positive and problematic aspects.

Nationalism in the 21st Century

Nationalism in the 21st Century

Nationalist ideology continues to shape global politics today, but twenty-first century nationalists must reconsider the meaning of self-determination, independence, autonomy and sovereignty in an increasingly interconnected world.

Gender Parity in the UK’s Legislative Bodies: A Desirable Goal?

Gender Parity in the UK’s Legislative Bodies: A Desirable Goal?

I have tried recruiting my female friends and family into politics. I tell them we are looking for people like them: mums; business women; community workers; teachers. They all look at me with horror.

A New Constitution for Turkey Without Democracy

A New Constitution for Turkey Without Democracy

Turkey may be heading for yet another constitutional change, but not for a societally-based and well-deliberated democratic constitution writing. Meanwhile, deliberations continue under a façade of the moderate Islamists as the vanguards of anti-military democratic politics in Turkey.

The Resource Curse: Governing Extractive Industries in the Global South

The Resource Curse: Governing Extractive Industries in the Global South

The paradox of the resource curse was that countries with natural resources performed worse than those with scarce or no resources. The controversy surrounding the thesis is whether its key claims are accurate.

Is political Islam on the losing side of the Arab Spring in Egypt?

Is political Islam on the losing side of the Arab Spring in Egypt?

Egyptian progress towards democracy is still in doubt amidst a backdrop of deep social and economic troubles. Providing effective democratic structures are created and upheld, it is likely the Muslim Brothers and other Islamic forces will gradually lose support.

Sri Lanka: A Nation Moves On

Sri Lanka: A Nation Moves On

As Sri Lanka emerges from the throes of a three-decade conflict, the opportunities and hope for a new tomorrow spring in the hearts and minds of all its peoples. The kaleidoscope of aspects to be addressed in order to bring the nation back on its feet is far from few.

North Korea in the Kim Jung-un Era, Where to Go?

North Korea in the Kim Jung-un Era, Where to Go?

The North Korean ‘Dear Leader’ Kim Jong-il unexpectedly passed away on 17th December. Now, Kim Jong-un comes under the political spotlight. The new North Korean leader is in his late 20s and has been so unknown to the outside world that a torrent of predictions on the future of North Korea is being suggested.

Islamic liberalism: Mission impossible?

Islamic liberalism: Mission impossible?

The post Arab Spring era is one in which many western liberals fear the rise of Islamist parties in post-revolutionary Arab states. If we are lucky, more democracies can soon emerge in the Middle East, and Islamic liberalism, which is actually not that much of an oxymoron, will be reborn.

Kim Jong-un: Too Young for Coronation?

Kim Jong-un: Too Young for Coronation?

Any serious blunder of inexperience by the new leader in connection with redirecting the country’s economic and diplomatic affairs could lead to irreversible challenges by the competing elite groups in North Korea, divided largely into the military brass and the technocrats.

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