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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.

Malawi and the One China Policy: 1964–2008

Malawi and the One China Policy: 1964–2008

Using Malawi as a case study, can economics account for why Taiwan has seemingly lost in the diplomatic battle for recognition against China in Africa?

The Italian Approach to International Relations

The Italian Approach to International Relations

While the Italian IR scholarly production follows the trend developed in America, other European schools could suggest a more heterogeneous IR theoretical panorama.

071110-A-2013C-074 A paratrooper from 1st Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, watches as an aircraft flies overhead while dropping supplies in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, Nov 9.  (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Micah E. Clare)

Peace in Afghanistan?

America’s involvement in Afghanistan has to end. Yet, however well intentioned America’s withdrawal is, chaos and internal armed conflict will follow.

Trump and Bolsonaro: Much Ado About Nothing?

Trump and Bolsonaro: Much Ado About Nothing?

If Trump and Bolsonaro were to collaborate further, it may be on the basis of an environmentally destructive, elitist agenda – a missed opportunity for both to work together for the benefit of all.

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