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  • The European Union’s South Ossetia Dilemma

    Written by PROF. STEFAN WOLFF Saturday, 03 December 2011 16:15 If it wasn’t for the potentially serious ramifications of a further escalation of the current election crisis in South Ossetia, the situation would be laughable. But even though, it is not without certain ironies. Moscow’s preferred candidate in the presidential run-off on 27 November, emergency

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  • A New War on Terror?

    By AZEEM IBRAHIM | 26.09.2011 Just when the threat of Islamist terrorism seemed to be successfully suppressed, the actions of Breivik bring awareness of the evil engendered by other extremist ideologies. When a Muslim terrorist commits an act of violence, Muslims all over the world tend to be blamed. As soon as an outrage is

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  • Awake O Ye Silent Religions and Promote Post-Conflict Reconciliation!

    Towards an Understanding of the Role of Religion in Peace Building in Kenya* BY DR. SUSAN M. KILONZO** | 07.06.2011 The announcement in the late afternoon of 30 December 2007, of President Mwai Kibaki as the ultimate winner of the highly contested Kenyan presidential elections by 231,728 votes over the Orange Democratic Movement’s (ODM) candidate

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  • Conceptualising the Land-Conflict-Restitution Nexus: the Case of Cyprus*

    BY PROF. ROGER ZETTER** | 05.06.2011 All refugees and displaced persons have the right to have restored to them any housing, land and/or property of which they were arbitrarily or unlawfully deprived, or to be compensated for any housing, land and/or property that is factually impossible to restore as determined by an independent, impartial tribunal.

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  • Burning the Bridges and Breaking the Bonds: Social Capital and its Transformative Influence in Relation to Violent Conflict*

    BY DR. RICHARD BOWD** | 05.06.2011   Perhaps the most well known academic writing on social capital is Robert D. Putnam who defines social capital as consisting of “the features of social organisation, such as networks, norms and trust, that facilitate coordination and cooperation for mutual benefit”[1].  Throughout his work Putnam argues that social interaction

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  • The Death of Osama Bin Laden—What Implications for International Security?

    BY PROF. STEFAN WOLFF Now that the dust has somewhat settled after the initial euphoria, triumphalism, gloating, and relief that followed Barack Obama’s announcement of the death of Osama Bin Laden, more sober analysis is beginning of the broader implications of the end of a fifteen-year manhunt. Perhaps foremost on people’s minds is the question

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  • Official Development Assistance and Terrorism*

    By Assoc. Prof. Bayram GÜNGÖR | 24 September 2010   More than 1,2 billion people try to survive their life below $1, while nearly 2.8 billion population live on less than $ 2 at purchasing power parity. These people are poor and plagued by inadequate health, nutrition and education. They are also living on environmentally degraded

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  • Platonic Lovers Chasing Nukes around the World

    The 2010 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) held in May 2010 at UN Headquarters in New York. BY OZGUR TUFEKCI | JUNE 01, 2010 The first day of the month-long conference was dominated by Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. And, as an expected consequence, he was

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  • For a Pro-Immigration Argument

    Dr. Ibrahim Sirkeci | 01 June 2010 In the last five years, parties standing in the UK elections have been forced to debate immigration. The 2005 elections were full of pretty “bigotted” discourses. The then Conservatives’ leader was appealing to the xenophobic vote by saying “are you thinking what I am thinking”. Luckily his party did not

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  • Climate change: A serious global challenge

    By Kofi Annan | 29 March 2010     The last five years have seen severe global food shortages, soaring energy costs and, of course, the gravest economic crisis for over 60 years. No continent, no country or community has escaped the fall-out.   We’re also confronted by environmental degradation and climate change which threatens to reverse significant

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  • NATO: Diplomatic Decorum Going To The Birds In Brussels

    Shaun Walker 29 January 2010   Russia’s controversial ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has been provoking interest, amusement and outrage in Brussels over the past few months with a series of distinctly undiplomatic “tweets” on the social-networking website Twitter. Dmitri Rogozin, who was a nationalist politician in Russia before assuming the ambassadorial post in

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