Rasmus Sinding Søndergaard's Blog (5)

Should the U.S. Military Promote Democracy?

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…

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Added by Rasmus Sinding Søndergaard on March 26, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

People Power is Alive and Well (by Srdja Popovic)

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…

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Added by Rasmus Sinding Søndergaard on March 25, 2013 at 4:30am — No Comments

What is life like for ordinary Afghans in Helmand?

This question is hard to answer. Because the news we receive about the situation in Afghanistan is thoroughly limited by the difficulties of portraying life outside the zones controlled by ISAF and the Afghan authorities. Western journalists’ ability to report on the situation on the ground in the areas where the fighting takes place is very limited, and when they do enter these areas their reporting is depended upon the ISAF forces which guarantee…

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Added by Rasmus Sinding Søndergaard on February 10, 2013 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Bahrain and the responsibility of the international community

Since February 2011 Bahrain has been the scene of ongoing protests. Protesters are calling for greater freedom and democracy, respect for human rights and the removal of the country’s self-imposed monarchy. So far the regime has responded with harsh crackdowns, imprisonments, and systematic torture. The regime proclaims that it is implementing reforms, but so far this has not happened. It even employs a number of western PR-companies to shape the international public opinion of the…

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Added by Rasmus Sinding Søndergaard on November 12, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Apartheid in Israel?

A majority of Israeli Jews (58%) believe that there is apartheid in Israel today according to an opinion poll published by Haaretz this Tuesday. The poll has received wide attention in the international press and sparked a great deal of controversy.

The poll further finds that a majority of Israeli Jews would…

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Added by Rasmus Sinding Søndergaard on October 25, 2012 at 11:31am — 3 Comments

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Facing a Pandemic in the Dark

Over 1 million Rohingya refugees living in crowded, unsanitary conditions in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh could soon be facing their own COVID-19 outbreak. Making their situation even more desperate is an Internet blockade, meaning they don't have access to life-saving information, writes Rohingya activist and educator Razia Sultana. How can international organizations help?

Hungary and the Values Test

In the wake of the Hungarian parliament's vote to allow the executive to rule by decree, Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev reflects on the call by some to expel Hungary from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization--on the grounds that the country no longer upholds the liberal-democratic values that should form the basis of the security association.

The Coronavirus Pandemic & International Relations, with Nikolas Gvosdev

With the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting all aspects of daily life around the world, what will be the effect on international relations? Will it increase cooperation among nations, or will it lead to more conflict and competition? Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev and host Alex Woodson discuss these scenarios and also touch on how the virus has affected the Democratic primary, in which Joe Biden now has a commanding lead.

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