By Abubakar Siddique for RFE/RL

Former Adviser Sees An Outline For Pakistan, Afghanistan Settlement

  In his role as senior adviser to the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, academic and author Barnett Rubin has pushed for reconciliation between the Afghan Taliban and Kabul. He now sees Afghanistan as ready to commit itself not to do anything against the territorial integrity and unity of Pakistan if it facilitates reconciliation with the Afghan Taliban. You have talked about cooperation between China and the United States regarding Afghanistan's future. What…

Global Health and International Relations

Book review

By Emel Elif Tugdar (West Virginia University)

Global Health and International Relations

Health is traditionally perceived as a domestic issue in politics. With the globalisation and increasing interdependence of states, health has become an important foreign policy and diplomatic concern that has implications for security, economics and international development. In recent years, the world has witnessed an increasing interaction between international relations and health due to the reasons such as involvement of intergovernmental organisations, impact of the transnational…

British Foreign Policy

Book review

By Andrei Babadac

British Foreign Policy

This work summarises the key elements of the British foreign policy making to date and, at the same time, deploys solid historical references, making a thorough introduction to the key actors and elements that shape it. This work is merely an introduction to the complexity of the mechanisms that put together make the contemporary British foreign policy. It aims to answer questions such as: who makes the foreign policy and what is the role of the British identity, at the same time addressing…

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By Plamena Sotirova

The Not-So-Iron Curtain

A new division is emerging in Europe; it may be translucent, but just as formidable as Cold War barriers. The Europe of the 20th century casts long shadows which infiltrate the Europe of now. For the most part, that past stands as a stark reminder of collective mistakes and the collective memory of those mistakes pushes Europe forward. This formula has been accepted as gospel. Why then does Europe allow walls to spring up anew on the long road to workable integration? On the eve of a…


By David Erkomaishvili

A CEJISS Interview with: Carl Gershman - It is Time to Stand Up for Principles

Experts note that freedom is in decline, observable in all regions of the world. In Europe, where the values of freedom and democracy have almost been taken for granted, war is again unfolding. David Erkomaishvili for CEJISS spoke to the President of National Endowment for Democracy, Mr. Carl Gershman, regarding the declining freedoms, the situation in Ukraine and the lack of desire on the side of powerful states to defend universal principles. David Erkomaishvili for CEJISS: Freedom House, in…

Editors desk

By Mitchell Belfer

Press Release

The EU Commission Representation in Helsinki, Finland – or, as locals call it, the Europa Hall – held an event to bring together distinguished guests with diverse backgrounds to launch the book Small State, Dangerous Region: A Strategic Assessment of Bahrain, authored by Mitchell Belfer (Peter Lang, 2014). The audience included representatives of academia, political and social activists, diplomats and an assortment of members of civil society, locals and from Bahrain, who are interested in…

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Issue 8:2

By Keith White-Hunt

How the 2004 and 2007 EU Enlargements Weakened the CFSP and CSDP: A Socio-Economic and Geopolitical Analysis

ABSTRACT: From its very beginnings, defence and security related issues were a major concern of EU policy. However, it was the demise of the USSR in the early 1990’s and the end of the Cold War that – between 1998 and 2004 – gave a major push to the evolution of the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). These changes, combined with the expansion of the EU as a result of the rapid accession to membership of many new countries, spawned the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP)…

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Issue 8:3

By Sigfrido Burgos Cáceres

China’s Multidimensional Juggle: The Challenges of a Rising Power

ABSTRACT: As the 21st century unfolds, it is almost unarguable that East and Southeast Asia will be increasingly important in global economic, political, and security affairs. China, depicted in media outlets as a state which is continually violating human rights, is dealing with recurrent internal problems such as corruption, economic rebalancing, growth rate slowdowns, income inequality, pollution, and social unrest. Globalisation and strong interdependence between states in the international…

Issue 8:3

By Archie B. Resos

Diplomatic Relations between the Republic of the Philippines and the East European Socialist Bloc under President Ferdinand E. Marcos

ABSTRACT: Diplomatic communiqués between the Philippines and the Eastern European Socialist Bloc found in the Department of Foreign Affairs in the Republic of the Philippines reveals a compendium of original data significant in tracing the inception of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and the Eastern European Socialist Bloc i.e. Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, German Democratic Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Yugoslavia. This is a pioneering work about the beginning of diplomatic…

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Issue 8:3

By Abdullah Yateem

Religion, Identity and Citizenship: The Predicament of Shiʿa Fundamentalism in Bahrain

ABSTRACT: In 2011, Bahrain witnessed an unprecedented wave of political protests that came within a chain of protest movements in other Arab countries, which later came to be known as the “Arab Spring.” Irrespective of the difference in the appellations given to these protests, their occurrence in Bahrain in particular poses a number of questions, some of which touch upon the social and political roots of this movement, especially that they started in Bahrain, a Gulf state that has witnessed…

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Issue 8:2

By Kateřina Werkman

Seeking Community Reconciliation through Traditional Ceremonies: A Strategy of Conflict Management

ABSTRACT: The debate on the role of traditional conflict management and reconciliation practices in modern post-war situations has been around for a while. The central concern is whether approaches that reflect the cultural context of the conflict setting would be better suited for responding to the challenges of reconciliation in the war-affected societies. In Sierra Leone, the government and the international donor community focused their efforts and funds on pursuing the judicial (through…

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Issue 8:3

By Nuno Morgado

Vindicating Neoclassical Geopolitics, Challenging Postmodernism: A NewLook at an Old Problem

ABSTRACT: The objective of this work is to exhort the Academia towards a Neoclassical Geopolitics, both in terms of theory and methodology. The relevance of the problem – the validity of Neoclassical Geopolitics – is based on the hypothesis that geography influences the foreign policies of States. Such an assumption is then tested empirically. In terms of methodology, a “theory testing” approach is selected, through the hypothetico-deductive model from Popper, using essentially qualitative…

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Issue 8:3

By Ostap Kushnir

From BSU to BSEC: The Evocation of Inter-War Geopolitical Fantasies

Abstract: This article embraces the political, cultural, and economic foundations of two inter-governmental bodies intended for the Black Sea region. The first is the Black Sea Union (BSU), the idea of which was coined by a Ukrainian geopolitical analyst, Yuriy Lypa, prior to WWII. The second is the current Organisation of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) which was established in 1992. By comparing these bodies the following goals were pursued: to trace the succession of ideas between…

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Issue 8:2

By George Hays II

American “Foreign Policy” in Film: Post-World War II Identity Creation

ABSTRACT: This article continues the author’s previous examination of sub-elite identification through popular film from ‘Three Incarnations of The Quiet American: Applying Campbell’s “foreign policy” to Sub-Elite Identifiers.’  Departing from the argument made in that work, this article examines five films ranging in content from the Korean War to Terrorism in the 1990’s.  By applying the same theory and methodology to a wider range of conflicts, representations of those conflicts, and time…

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Issue 8:3

By Oldřich Krulík and Zuzana Krulíková

The Business of Private Security in Europe: The Case of Bulgaria

ABSTRACT: This work offers readers’ information related to the infusion of private businesses into the area of private security in one of the EU’s “new” member states: Bulgaria. The materials and analysis offered in this text attempts to act and an inspirational probe that goes beyond publicly accessible documents prepared by some international private security associations so that a clearer picture of the sectors’ impact on security may be gleaned. Additionally, this work offers an analytic…

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