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CESRAN Reflections on Turkey's June 7 Pa…

From 2002 onwards, the AK party won a majority in every Turkish election. Erdoğan always won comfortably, whether in national elections, local votes, or the more recent presidential one. However, the party lost its parliamentary majority and saw its share of the vote fall in the June 7 Parliamentary…

Economic Development Models and Capitali…

The question of "Development Models" In the post-Communist era now more than two decades old, many people around the world are questioning what is the best economic development model? One reason for such a question is the very deep recession of 2008-present that has thrown many economies into a do…

21st Century Challenges to American Demo…

“Consumption Democracy” Consumption values are at the core of contemporary American culture.  The mass media, businesses and politicians equate such values with freedom and democracy. The social contract as the Founding Fathers conceived of it is not about democracy, freedom and equality, but about…

21st Century Challenges to American Demo…

Rising Public Debt, Dwindling Democracy. Conservatives attribute the rising public debt to government spending on costly entitlement and social programs. They conclude that deficit financing for entitlement and social programs poses a threat to the free market which they equate with democracy. Libe…

21st Century Challenges to American Demo…

Abstract: It requires several hundred pages to address the complex subject of challenges to American democracy in the post-Cold War era of a global multi-polar economic and political power structure. In this brief essay, I identify only a few of the current challenges to American democracy that appe…

Argentina: A Case Study of Israel’s Zion…

Introduction A recent article by Jorge Elbaum, the former executive director of DAIA (Delegation for Argentine Jewish Associations), the principle Argentine Jewish umbrella groups, published in the Buenos Aires daily (Pagina 12) provides a detailed account of the damaging links between the State of…

Saudi’s Stance on Mediation Undermines M…

The conflict in Yemen is a multi-sided civil war rather than a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia, and that needs to be recognised before mediation can be made to work. All the protagonists claim that they are fighting a regional war and a battle for influence against each other. Mediation is n…

Russian Foreign Policy under Dmitry Medv…

Summary Putin’s Russia (2000-2008) not only established internal stability, following the difficult and painful transition of the 1990’s onwards, but recovered economically, bolstered by a rapid increase in revenues from oil exports. Vladimir Putin knew how to take advantage of Russia’s positi…

So the Oceans are Worth $24 Trillion U.S…

It is good to know that we humans have done our audit and determined what the oceans are worth. The chief architect putting a price tag to 70% of the planet is Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, an Australian marine scientist and director of the University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute. Totaling up the o…

Nazarbaev Heads For A New Term In Kazakh…

Voters in Kazakhstan are voting in a ballot that is expected to result in the reelection of President Nursultan Nazarbaev. With authorities clamping down on opposition and keeping tight control over the media in the energy-producing Central Asian nation, the 74-year-old Nazarbaev is expected to win…

At War against Itself: Religious Identit…

JCTS (Journal of Conflict Transformation and Security) | Vol. 4 | No. 1-2 | April-October 2014 Abstract This paper critically examines the uneasy nexus between religious identity and spiralling violence in contemporary northern Nigeria. This nexus is illustrated with the ongoing militancy …

Leadership and Economic Integration: the…

JCTS | Vol. 4 | No. 1-2 | April-October 2014 Abstract Sub-regional economic integration offers benefits to members, including new trade opportunities, larger markets, an increase in bargaining power and increased competition. However these benefits are yet to become a reality in Central …

Book Reviews

Book Review: Routledge Handboo…

Roger Mac Ginty (Ed) Routledge Handbook of Peacebuilding Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2013, ISBN 978…

Book Review: Human Security in…

Sorpong Peou (ed.) Human Security in East Asia: Challenges for Collaborative Action 2009, Abingdo…

Book Review: Formal Peace and …

Zoe Marriage Formal Peace and Informal War: Security and Development in Congo Routledge, 2013, ISB…

Book Review: The Identity Poli…

Camila Orjuela The Identity Politics of Peacebuilding – Civil Society In War-Torn Sri Lanka  Londo…

Book Review: Identity, Reconci…

Nevin T. Aiken, Identity, Reconciliation and Transitional Justice: Overcoming Intractability in Div…

Book Review: Building a People…

Alan Collins Building a People-oriented Security Community the ASEAN Way Abingdon: Routledge, 2013…

Book Review: Armed Conflict an…

In 2010, Alexander Betts argued that it no longer makes sense to speak of the “refugee regime”. Inst…

Book Review: Cultural Encounte…

Tarik Sabry’s Cultural Encounters in the Arab World: On Media, the Modern and the Everyday is, first…

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Film Reviews

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Turning to a never-ending story because of the uncertainity about the director whether to be Guillermo Del Toro or or the director of The Lord of the Rings trilogy Peter Jackson and delays due to legal actions, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Jou…

REVOLUTION: A Power Cut and the End of S…

Watching a TVseries is a great time investment compared to enjoying a movie. That is why, I feel quite picky before taking the risk of being a follower of several seasons. After watching NBC's new TV drama Revolution's trailer and reading a…

Movie Review: Khuda Kay Liye - In the Na…

The Pakistani Urdu Language Drama Film “Khuda Kay Liye (In the Name of God)”, literal translation “For God’s Sake”, is the story of misinterpretation of Islam and its backlash on the lives of people. The basic theme of this emotional 170 mi…

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