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By Tomas Zboril

CEJISS Word Cloud 20-26 July 2015

We created the word cloud from the articles collected from the media: Aljazeera, BBC, CNN, the Economist, France 24, the Guardian and Russia Today; for the last week (20-26.7.). Topics of the week: The problems of the Middle East are the most important part of the world media even for this week. The call for Yemeni ceasefire and Turkey’s anti- terrorist operation in Syria follows the official trip of the American president through Africa.

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By Tomas Zboril

CEJISS Word Cloud 13-19 July 2015

We created the word cloud from the articles collected from the media: Aljazeera, BBC, CNN, the Economist, France 24, the Guardian and Russia Today; for the last week (13-19.7.). Topics of the week: The ongoing problems of the Middle East and the anniversary of the tragic plane crash at Ukraine were the major topics of the last week. However, the past of the British royal family and the aftermath of the Euro-Greek talks got the attention as well.

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By Tomas Zboril

CEJISS Word Cloud 6-12 July 2015

We created the word cloud from the articles collected from the media: Aljazeera, BBC, CNN, the Economist, France 24, the Guardian and Russia Today; for the last week (6-12.7.). The major topic of this week is decisively the Greek Crisis and the summit of the EU but the attention got also the Mexican drug cartels and the Middle Eastern security.

Editors desk

By Mitchell Belfer

Arrested Development: Stonewalling al Wefaq in Bahrain

Introduction On 16 June 2015, Ali Salman, leader of Bahrain’s al Wefaq bloc, was sentenced to four years in prison for inciting violence and encouraging an attempted coup d’état during the 2011 uprising. The verdict brought the Arab Spring in Bahrain to an end; a fact reflected in the muted response on Bahrain’s streets. Yet, many in the international press were swift to pour scorn on Bahrain’s government while glossing over the years of political unrest and the projection of Iranian interests…

Sexual Violence and Armed Conflict

Book review

By Veronika Váchalová (Metropolitan University Prague)

Sexual Violence and Armed Conflict

Sexual violence has a history as long as the practise of war itself. It has been a part of the spoils of war that represent the gravest abuses of human rights. Nowadays, despite enormous humanitarian protests and efforts it is continuously used as a prevalent war tactic and a tool of war. Janie L. Leatherman looks at the causes and consequences of sexual violence in armed conflicts. Her book Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict is timely. She creates a link between global political economic…

Social Movements in Global Politics

Book review

By Aliaksandr Novikau (Northern Arizona University, USA)

Social Movements in Global Politics

The twenty-first century has, so far, been characterised by a crisis of institutional politics. Nation-state governments have become less and less capable of solving long-standing, potentially catastrophic problems such as global climate change, world population growth, global inequality and the loss of local cultures. As a result, many people are dissatisfied with politicians and politics in general. According to West, author of Social Movements in Global Politics, these flaws in policy-making…

Is the EU doomed?

Book review

By Daniela Lenčéš Chalániová (Anglo-American University, Prague)

Is the EU doomed?

n recent years, Polity Press released a number of works which take issue with the current crisis of the EU and the possible futures that might follow from it. Consider, for instance, Simon Hix’s What’s Wrong with the EU & How to Fix It (2008), Jürgen Habermas’ essay collection The Crisis of the European Union: A Response (2012) and Anthony Giddens’ Turbulent and Mighty Continent: What Future for Europe? (2013).  Zielonka’s book-long essay Is the EU Doomed? fits neatly into this body of…

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eContribution

By Ivan Nagornyak

Would a Summer Offensive Cost Putin Too Much?

Western sanctions against Russia were one of the main topics at the G7 Summit held in Germany on 07–08 June. The leaders there sent Putin and all of Russia’s elite a direct message: if Russia does not follow the Minsk agreements, sanctions will be maintained and intensified. Despite this, the situation in eastern Ukraine is deteriorating as Russia-backed militants continually violate the ceasefire. The last battle in Marinka claimed the lives of 28 people, including nine civilians—and losses…

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eContribution

By Filippos Proedrou

What is the Turkish Stream and Why Does it Matter?

Turkish Stream, as a labyrinth of energy pipelines heading west, joined the ranks of key priorities over the past months. Previously, the rationale for setting up new pipelines to carry Russian gas to Europe was meant to cover the projected increase in gas demand over future decades. This proved to be a wild assumption and the much anticipated lurch in gas demand in Europe did not materialise—the economic justification for further pipelines is moot. But, there was another reason as well: to…

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eContribution

By Lazizkhon Omilov

ISing on the Welcome Cake?

According to the Kyrgyz National Security Committee, 33 Kyrgyz nationals have been arrested in connection with having undertaken military training in Syria and fighting for Islamic extremist groups, including IS. Many are also accused of spreading jihadist ideology and planning terrorist attacks inside Kyrgyzstan. The first known cases of Kyrgyz nationals fighting for ISIS emerged in 2013. Then, the number of Central Asian extremists fighting in Syria and Iraq was fairly low. However, over the…

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