Issue 11:1

Richard R. Moeller

The Challenge from Merkel’s Right: Alternative for Germany and the Alliance for Progress and Renewal in Bavaria and Eastern Germany

Abstract: In the past three years two new political parties have been established in Germany and both approach recent economic, social and civil issues from the political Right. The Alternative for Germany (Alternative für Deutschland, AfD) can indeed be viewed further to the right than the Alliance for Progress and Renewal (Allianz für Fortschritt und Aufbruch, ALFA); yet each notably exists in spite of Angela Merkel’s (Chancellor of Germany) Christian Democratic Union Party (CDU). Moreover,…

Issue 11:1

Nino Kereselidze

Causes of Conflicts and Methods or Resolution in the Caucasus

Abstract: After the collapse of the USSR and the outbreak of armed conflicts in the Caucasus, international relations scholars and practitioners have sought explanations about causes of conflicts and ways to their resolution. This article poses why conflicts have erupted in the countries of the former USSR and what are the methods of their resolution. With an effort to establish causality of conflicts, this article compares common causes of conflicts in the former Soviet Union with those in the…

Issue 11:1

Vladimir Remmer

The Role of Internet Based Social Networks in Russian Protest Movement Mobilization

Abstract: One of the unmistakable characteristics of Russia’s “White House” uprising that led to regime change in August 1991 was its broad popular support. The political upheaval that initially found buttress in Muscovite urban middle classes soon transcended all social strata and geography ending dominance of the communist party in Russia. However, the mass protests in opposition to authoritarian rule that gained energy in 2011 failed to generate the same momentum necessary to unite diverse…

Issue 11:1

Pavlo Ignatiev

Overcoming the “Dutch Disease”: The Economic Modernisation of Gulf monarchies into the 21st Century

Abstract: This article deals with necessity of oil-rich countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to move away from commodities export in favour of more diversified economies in times of low prices of crude oil. Issues, including the rise of alternative branches of industry, shifts in agriculture to developing countries in Asia and Africa, investments in shares of profitable enterprises and property in the West, development of the service economy are examined. Keywords: GCC countries,…

Issue 11:1

Nik Hynek

Regime Theory as IR Theory: Reflection on Three Waves of ‘Isms’

This article analyzes the significance of regime theory, or regimes theorization, for the field of International Relations. It tries to reflect on theoretical affinities between the two, with an intention to recast regime theory as IR theory. While this may not be surprising given that regime theory has been a standard occupier of IR theoretical space, not much has been systematically written on both evolutionary qualities of regime theory as such, and its changing yet strong pegging to IR…

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