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From Absence to Absence: The Visual Culture of The ‘War on Terror’

From Absence to Absence: The Visual Culture of The ‘War on Terror’

Throughout the last decade, news photography has re-presented the ‘war on terror’, in the form of military action in Afghanistan and Iraq, in ways consistent with military strategy. Much photojournalism exists within and reproduces an ‘eternal present’, obscuring the frames that narrow its perspective, rendering casualties and context as absent.

Four Reasons Not to Fear Chinese Intelligence

Four Reasons Not to Fear Chinese Intelligence

Overreaction in the West and the promotion of China as the next scary thing may seem like a relatively low risk option now that the end of the global war on terror is threatening defense/intelligence budgets and prestige. How China is integrated into the greater world system will define the coming century like no other single issue.

The Arab Spring and Turkey: Can a ‘Turkish Model’ be Proposed?

The Arab Spring and Turkey: Can a ‘Turkish Model’ be Proposed?

The most important aspect of Turkey’s potential to become a model for the rest of the region is her ability to uphold secularism while trying to become more democratic despite the fact that there is currently a conservative government ruling Turkey with its origins in Turkey’s Islamist tradition.

Avoiding a Zero-Sum Water-Energy End Game: Bring It to Rio+20

Avoiding a Zero-Sum Water-Energy End Game: Bring It to Rio+20

It seems that there is an inverse relationship between water and energy security, but is this scenario real or imagined? Although it is only one step, the incorporation of the water-energy nexus into the Rio+20 agenda would help to improve our understanding of sustainability.

Egypt’s Recent Achievements in Conflict Mediation

Egypt’s Recent Achievements in Conflict Mediation

Even while the prospects of reconciling Hamas and Fatah’s conflicting visions for the future are dim, Egypt has emerged as the only Middle East mediator trusted by both sides.These achievements represent the efforts of the transitional military regime to lift Egypt’s regional status out of the slump of the Mubarak era.

Was the International Intervention in Libya a Success?

Was the International Intervention in Libya a Success?

The UN-mandated intervention in Libya is now officially at an end. Perhaps only time will tell whether Libya turns out to have been a great case of international intervention or something rather less.

Brazil’s Mercosur Economic Strategy: From Destiny to Impairment

Brazil’s Mercosur Economic Strategy: From Destiny to Impairment

Today, Mercosur is more of a dysfunctional set of rules, decision-making procedures and abstract principles rather than a well-functioning case of open regionalism. Mercosur’s inoperativeness condemns its member countries to remain relatively isolated from the dynamic developments taking place in the global economy.

The International Politics of Religious Defamation

The International Politics of Religious Defamation

The current focus by scholars and policymakers on the role of religion in international relations is a welcome development. It’s transnational power can serve as a force for both good or ill by challenging the exclusive authority of states over their citizens, and debates over religious issues cannot be understood without taking religious beliefs into account.

Intervention in the Internal Affairs of States

Intervention in the Internal Affairs of States

The moral imperative to intervene in a nation’s internal affairs where acts of genocide are threatened is a powerful one. That the UN is eager to push the doctrine of R2P and to re-define sovereignty to permit intervention in a state’s internal affairs is testimony to the fact that the Charter does not provide that legal authority. It should.

Qaddafi’s Death is Only the Beginning in Libya

Qaddafi’s Death is Only the Beginning in Libya

The death of Qaddafi is, naturally, a very public symbol that his reign of oppression is over and will not return, but this is not the end of the story for Libyans, the UN or NATO. The campaign to maintain peace between the various factions could prove to be more difficult than the defeat of Qaddafi’s forces.

What role for the EU in the new Libya?

What role for the EU in the new Libya?

Perhaps, looking back at the EU’s performance in the Libyan crisis in five years’ time, the best lesson to (re-) learn is that the EU is not good at hard security policy, but does a very decent job when the task is about dealing with the aftermath of conflict. Stable democracies cannot be built on the battlefield. They require a whole different set of capabilities than what NATO can offer.

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