Cesran International

Recent Articles

  • Environmentalism and the Enhancement of the Public Sphere

    The argument that politics, or democracy more specifically, has been bolstered by the rise of environmental concerns from the 1960s onwards, is not novel herein. Although most commentators place the rise of environmentalism as a political concern starting in 1962 with Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, the heritage of environmental activism across numerous histories significantly predates

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  • An Interview with Dr. Nicholas Osbaldiston

    Jean-Paul Gagnon: What is ‘seachange’ and where in the world is this happening? Nicholas Osbaldiston: This is an important question and one that deserves teasing out. For one, the phenomenon of seachange involves a type of urban and suburban escapism. In particular, it’s the movement of people, across a number of countries in mainly the

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  • The Cosmopolitanisation of Cartography

    This work is about arguing that the maps of the world should be reconsidered in a global dialogue: in a process that opens the dispute of boundaries between union-states, regions, zones, or other similar geo-political terms. David Marquand, in his important opus The End of the West (2011) reminds us that West and East perhaps

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  • An Interview with Professor Sonny Lo: Political Reflections in Hong Kong

    Jean-Paul Gagnon: What do you see as Hong Kong’s democracy future? Professor Sonny Lo: HK’s democratic future depends on two main factors: China’s inter-nal democratic changes and Hong Kong’s push for democratization. At the moment, the push for internal democratization in Hong Kong has pitted the pan-democratic forces against the govern-ment of the People’s Republic

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  • The End of War? Global Citizenship and Changes to Conflict

    This article is concerned with fleshing out a specific argument: that new, contemporary, global citizenship is possible grounds for the prevention of war as it was known in the 20th century. The argument is that in the international arena, it may come to be that the interconnected citizenries of this world will act as the

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  • Conflict in the “South China Sea‟

    The dispute in the „South China Sea‟ is, as widely known, a multistate affair. Cook (2011), in an interview with Ian Storey, showed that tensions have been escalating in this area since around 2007. In majority, it is two sets of islands (atoll and reef chains), the Paracel‟s and Spratly‟s (including a number of submerged

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  • Non-human Democracy: Putting Inspirations, Lessons and Analogies to Work

    This is the final part of a three-part essay. Part one asks why democratic research has all but ignored non-human species. Part two argues that our all-too-human conception of democracy must evolve in the Anthropocene, so why not consider the possibilities offered by other species that have evolved key elements of democratic organisation? Bonobos, sometimes

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  • Non-human Democracy: Our Political Vocabulary has No Room for Animals

    This is part one of a three-part essay that proposes a way of thinking about democracy that’s seldom, if ever, used. Despite the popularity in other disciplines of inter-species thinking, it’s ignored in democracy research. Why is that? Why can we not conceive of democracy as anything other than uniquely human? “Non-human Democracy” seeks to

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