Issue 2011 - Volume 5, Issue 1

Peace or war written on a chalkboard. Word war crossed the red chalk.

Issue 5:1

Ionela Dobos

War Is Not the Answer... to New Security Threats

Abstract: This article shows that war represents an inappropriate solution to so-called new security threats such as terrorism, organised crime, regional conflicts and failed states. Compared to previous times, when threats were largely posed well-defined enemies, new security threats are markedly more global, interlinked, less visible and less predictable. As far as war proves to be inappropriate within the new security environment why is it that states make appeals to war? This article offers…

EU flags in front of European Commission in Brussels

Issue 5:1

Małgorzata Gałęziak

The European External Action Service: A Preliminary Evaluation

Abstract: This work examines the new European diplomatic corps launched within the framework of the Lisbon Treaty. Based on the decision from 26 July 2010 by which the Council of the European Union established the organisation and functioning of the European External Action Service, this work constructs a comprehensive ex-ante evaluation of the latter. Several essential criteria are analysed and assessed, such as the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, utility and sustainability of the future…

Flag of the European Union against blue sky

Issue 5:1

Barbara Curyło

The Ideas of Europe in CEE

Abstract: The central aim of this work is to present some ideas of Europe in Central and Eastern Europe throughout various time-periods, starting from the Soviet period, then moving to the pre-accession period and finally the post-accession period. Throughout those periods, Central and Eastern European states faced different conditions and challenges, however Europe consistently remained a point of reference in the states’ intellectual and political reflections.   Keywords: Eastern…

Czech currency or Euro?

Issue 5:1

Michal Parizek

Identities, Not Money: CEE Countries’ Attitudes to the Euro

Abstract: The research conducted in this research challenges more conventional views that Central and East European (CEE) countries are driven by financial and materialistic concerns in their attitudes towards the adoption of the Euro. It argues that neither indicators of economic benefits, nor the distributive impacts which the adoption of the Euro is likely to bring to domestic societies provides an adequate explanation for accession into the Eurozone. Instead, this work argues that the…

eople join the protests for the 22nd day against the plan to open Europe's largest open-cast goldmine in the Rosia Montana on Sept 22, 2013 in Bucharest, Romania.

Issue 5:1

Anze Voh Bostic

The Role of the EU's Civil Society Development Assistance in the Process of Peacebuilding: The Case of the EU Enlargement

Abstract: This article presents the role of civil society in peacebuilding processes and how the concepts of peacebuilding and civil society development fit into a broader EU foreign policy framework. In its empirical part, this article analyses the role of civil society development as part of the EU’s current enlargement policy. The reason the EU´s enlargement policy was selected for analysis is because it is the only EU policy that comprehensively addresses various causes of instabilities in…

European Union and China

Issue 5:1

Salvador Santino F. Regilme, Jr.

The Chimera of Europe’s Normative Power in East Asia: A Constructivist Analysis

Abstract: Utilising constructivism this work analyses the contemporary relational complexities of East Asia vis-à-vis the European Union (EU). Mindful of the social constructivist themes of identity and interests, it is argued that there are fundamental difficulties found in these interregional relations, which must be urgently addressed. The EU continues to be under-valued and misunderstood in the eyes of the East Asian public; despite the relatively strong economic and political engagement of…

Issue 5:1

Brian Karmazin

Canada’s Arctic Policy: Prospects For Cooperation In A Warming World

Abstract: This assessment of the Arctic is divided in to four sections. First, the true value of the region is defined in terms of its environmental, geostrategic, economic and socio-cultural importance. Such a definition stresses the need for countries involved in Arctic expeditions (notably Canada, the United States, Denmark, Russia), to manage the extraction and distribution of the region’s natural resources responsibly, sustainably, while protecting natural habitats and addressing the…

Pressure ridge and melt water at the Geographic North Pole

Issue 5:1

Anis H. Bajrektarevic

The Melting Poles: Between Challenges And Opportunities

Abstract: The Arctic and Antarctica have traditionally been treated as footnotes in larger international relations. Recently however, the polar caps have entered the priority lists of a multitude of international actors and captured the attention of the international community at large. Despite popular opinions to the contrary, nearly all characteristics of these poles are different; morphological, climatic, anthropo-biological, and their political and legal standings. For instance, the South…

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