Political theorists have for the most part focused on the state when thinking about how to make countries work better for their populations. This has naturally led to a concern with state-society relations,…Continue
Added by Seth Kaplan on March 31, 2013 at 12:56pm — No Comments
The intricate link binding international law and international relations make the inclusion of objectivity in legal allegiances a difficult task. This is particularly evidenced in the Iraq War that began on March 19, 2003. An invasion spearheaded by the United States, the United Kingdom and their Coalition partners, there have been plenty of moments in the trials and inquiries that reveal a continuing allegiance coloured by partisan considerations.
The Chilcot Iraq Inquiry in London…Continue
Added by Kirthi Jayakumar on March 30, 2013 at 1:59am — No Comments
As part of the Carnegie Council Centennial Thought Leaders Forum, Carnegie Council's Devin Stewart spoke with Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland, and a former UN high commissioner for Human Rights. She is currently chancellor of the University of Dublin (Trinity College) and president of the Mary Robinson Foundation -…Continue
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In this blog, we report on developments in and around North Korea, including the broader security setting and political, economic and social change in the country.
Marcus Noland: Deputy Director & Senior Fellow Peterson Institute for International Economics
Stephan Haggard: Lawrence and Sallye Krause Professor at the University of California, San Diego Graduate…Continue
Added by Alex Melton on March 28, 2013 at 10:19am — No Comments
The U.S. military doesn’t exactly have a perfect record when it comes to promoting democracy. Too often national interests – security, oil – have been given primacy over democratic values and human rights. The legacy of the Bush administrations has severely tainted the phrase democracy promotion and lead to a justified suspicion about promoting democracy by military force. However, the idea that the U.S. military should play a leading role in promoting democracy is far from…Continue
Added by Rasmus Sinding Søndergaard on March 26, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments
I thought I would share this optimistic blog post on the effect of the 'global people power revolution' in 2011 by Srdja Popovic - Executive director at Centre for Applied Nonviolent Actions and Strategies.
"Even as critics discuss and argue over the success or failure of these protests, I nevertheless see a paradigm shift. People have been awakened and are understanding power and obedience not in monolithic terms – where the head of state has top-down control that should…Continue
Added by Rasmus Sinding Søndergaard on March 25, 2013 at 4:30am — No Comments
The reason that most scholars attribute to the “failure” of International Law, is that it is purely consent based. Treaties that bind a state through its consent, ratification and accession alone can be invoked against it. Customary norms that a state does not persistently or subsequently object to are the only things that bind it. Judicial decisions do not hold sway with the principle of stare decisis, as they bind only those states that are party to it. Any source of law, therefore, is…Continue
Added by Kirthi Jayakumar on March 24, 2013 at 2:10am — No Comments
"Congolese war crimes suspect Bosco Ntaganda has left Rwanda and is on the way to The Hague in the custody of the International Criminal Court.
Gen Ntaganda, a key figure in the conflict in…Continue
Added by Ashleigh Long on March 22, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments
In this post, I would like to explore the widely shared intuition that Nahuel mentions in his post on Global Ethics and Democracy.
Presumably the underlying assumption of Nahuel's intuition, "that democracy is the only legitimate political authority," is that democracy is just, and justice is good. But is that good enough? Why are we happier…Continue
Added by Linda Eggert on March 21, 2013 at 5:40am — No Comments
Can there be any "difference" bigger than this?? This picture gives a very strong message to all human beings. Two greatest enemies of each-other, brought together by a human, became friends and now are close friends. We human-beings must learn to live like a family and friends on this planet. Fighting must be replaced by sacrifices for saving the lives of our fellow humans.
This picture was taken on my field visit to a village in Maharashtra(India).
Name- Gaurav Dhankar…
Added by Gaurav Dhankar on March 20, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments
The consequence on American economy has been far reaching. In 2011, the Watson Institute at Brown University estimated the cost of U.S. wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan to $3.2 to $4 trillion. Sure, removing Hussein created the conditions for democracy but Iraq is divided by sectarian politics, crippled by violence,…Continue
Added by Jocelyne Cesari on March 20, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments
Stavropol has made the news as of late with its rise in traditional Russian nationalism that has put its crosshairs on the minority Muslim population in the area. Although the area is determined to be approximately 80% ethnic Russian and muslims taking…Continue
Now that China's leadership transition has been completed, its new president Xi Jinping faces numerous challenges, from maintaining economic growth to combating corruption, pollution, and food supply scandals. Yet disagreement has been stirring on the best path to achieve…Continue
Added by Devin Stewart on March 20, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments
Drones were set out to be a means to avoid collateral damage, but their practical use shows otherwise. While drone strikes are effective in eliminating targets, too many drone attacks without reprieve can incite several political repercussions: by actually making as many terrorists as they kill and by altering perceptions towards the United States – which is increasingly rubbing the people of Pakistan and Yemen (among others) on the wrong side – in the process risking the creation of more…Continue
Two years since the revolution began, the war is still raging in Syria. On February 12, though, a breakthrough came about when an airfield near Aleppo was captured by a rebel group. For the first time, rebels were able to seize usable warplanes. This not only signifies a triumph on their part, but also marks a change in their approach – as battles in cities have now shifted to attacks on military bases.
About a month ago, rebels in Syria had captured the Taftanaz airfield in northern…Continue
Added by Kirthi Jayakumar on March 10, 2013 at 1:30am — No Comments
This week, I bring to you an interview with Rocco Nuri, Communications Officer at UNHCR Nairobi, Kenya and a member of the recently launched UNHCR Innovation iTeam. Rocco talks to us about the importance and relevance of innovation in improving refugee livelihoods, the activities of UNHCR Innovation and more!
1. When and how did the idea for UNHCR Innovation first develop?Continue
Added by Neha Bhat on March 9, 2013 at 1:21pm — No Comments
A group of students at my alma mater in Minnesota have created an online petition and campaign demanding that the college adhere to its proclaimed sustainability vision. Arguing that its current plan is too opaque, they are asking the college to set transparent and measurable goals, and to give students insight into the progress toward attaining them.…Continue
Added by Andreas Rekdal on March 6, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments
hi everyone, my name is Lang, I comes from Viet Nam,I want to participate in the contest with the hope to expand the…Continue
Added by nguyen thi phuong lang on March 6, 2013 at 3:30am — No Comments
When you look at the world today, how do you see the world? How would you describe it, particularly from a moral perspective?
DAN ARIELY: I think morality has a few elements to it. It's a real struggle between what's good for me and…Continue