Issue 2014 - Volume 8, Issue 3

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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…

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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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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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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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Aleš Karmazin

Across the Lines of the World State: The Case of the United Nations

ABSTRACT: This work asks how the UN attempts to bypass the current system of states while identifying a series of reinforcing UN efforts that could be utilised to hoist this organisation to the level of acting as a world government. The title of this work – which may be read in two distinct ways – illustrates a certain ambiguity in UN attempts. The first implies exceeding beyond the modern system of states and towards a new political order. The other way means that a new political order is far…

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Miloš Balabán

The New Age of the US-EU-Chinese Relations and Dilemmas

ABSTRACT: This article examines the world’s key actors: the US, EU and China, and analyses their political, economic and security relations, as well as stances on geopolitical and global economic development. Asia-Pacific is investigated as the chief determinant of the global development and also, thanks to US-China relations, as the new geopolitical centre of gravity. This research explores the contradictory nature of this relationship, which apart from being mutually beneficial in terms of…

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Vasiliki Papatheologou

Interregional Divergence of EU-ASEAN Relations: Achievements, Challenges and External Influences

ABSTRACT: Interregionalism is a pragmatic strategy of the EU’s external action and a tool to extend norms and European values to the developing world as well as a tool in the promotion of global governance. In this sense, the EU has built several interregional and trans-regional frameworks around the developing world in Asia, Africa and Latin America. However, this work focuses on the interregionalism as a tool of the EU to promote regional governance in East Asia, by examining the case of EU…

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Ibrahim A. El-Hussari

Yet Another Version of the ‘Arab Spring:’ Ramifications of the Syrian Conflict on the Existing Arab Order and Beyond

ABSTRACT: At the start of 2011, events began to unfold in some of the most stable Arab countries betraying signs of an unpredictable phase in local, regional and even international political life. Nine of the 22 Arab League members were, to varying degrees, undergoing unprecedented mass gestations promising a long-awaited if unscheduled divergence from the existing Arab order. While that order had been criticised widely for its chronic problems of entrenched bad governance, it was ordinary…

2017 - Volume 11, Issue 2