Issue 2009 - Volume 3, Issue 1

Issue 3:1

Yuliya Zabyelina

Transnational Organized Crime in International Relations

Although it has never been central to IR theories, transnational organized crime (TOC) is inherently an international phenomenon that has an impact on international security, world politics, international trade, and human rights. Yet, TOC unquestionably occupies a niche within the domain of IR and should be explained and understood both theoretically and empirically. Otherwise, scholars of IR may portray a distorted picture of the contemporary international system. This article proposes an…

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Oldrich Bures

European Arrest Warrant: Implications for EU Counterterrorism Efforts

This article provides an analysis of the introduction, implementation and implications of the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) for the European Union (EU) counterterrorism efforts. In addition, it demonstrates that EAW represents the only major practical application of mutual recognition in EU’s Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) pillar thus far. As such, experiences with EAW are bound to influence the ongoing debates concerning the most appropriate mode of governance in this pillar. The structure of…

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Bilyana Tsvetkova

Securitizing Piracy Off the Coast of Somalia

Piracy off the coast of the failed state of Somalia has been growing at an alarming rate. Last year (2008), over 120 attacks have been reported, resulting in the seizure of more than 40 ships and the kidnapping of more than 600 crew members, and about $30 million (USD) in ransom has been paid. Somali piracy disrupts international trade, funds the vicious war in Somalia, provides breeding ground for terrorists, a convenient route for illicit economies, and can lead to serious environmental…

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Ibrahim A. El-Hussari

The Gulen Movement: An Islamic Response to Terror as a Global Challenge

Whilst globalization seems to be winning the battle against both modern and traditional movements which were, until fairly recently, quite active on both the national and the regional levels, it is doubtful that the challenges brought about by globalization can be easily met by some of the world’s stronger movements, some of which have been bred by the clashing visions of globalization itself (cf. Hoffman, 2002). To see history in its fullest form, one should be aware of the need for…

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Bryan Groves

Bush, Clausewitz, and Grand Strategic Imperatives: Keeping Political Ends Primary

As former President George W. Bush relinquished the reigns as Command¬er-in-Chief to President Barak Obama, it is fitting to reflect on how the US will remember Bush in years to come. Whether or not one agrees with his decision to commit U.S. forces to military action against Saddam Hussein and his Ba’ath Party regime in Iraq, it is clear that Bush’s legacy will largely be determined by how Iraq turns out – as a stable, free, and peaceful democracy or something short of that. There is certainly…

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Pierre-Emmanuel Dupont

The EU-Iran Dialogue in the Context of the Ongoing Nuclear Crisis

The EU-Iran ‘Comprehensive Dialogue,’ launched in 1998 following the election of reformist President Khatami, did not achieve any significant re¬sults, mostly as a consequences of the controversy surrounding Iran’s nuclear program. It involved high-level discussions on political matters, as well as on energy and commercial relations (through the construction – by the European Commission – of two bilateral Working Groups). On the eve of the controversy (2002), despite many difficulties, the EU’s…

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Marketa Geislerova

Evaluating the Current Global Order: A Canadian Perspective

The financial crisis currently gripping the United States, and reverberating around the world, has strengthened the claims of a growing number of observ¬ers and political scientists that the American unipolar moment is passing.2 On September 25 in a speech to the Bundestag, German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrueck deemed that the crisis will cost the United States its role as a super¬power of the world financial system. A month earlier, commentators argued that the impunity with which a newly…

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Jaroslav Jaks

EU Enlargement and Current Adaptation Challenges

The European Union’s (EU) enlargement process was an integral part of the EC/EU’s wider integration project and, surprisingly, it has not yet halted. The journey from six to twenty seven has been a long and complicated one, and the realisation of some of the projects has required much time and political consideration. It seems that the queue of countries that are on the waiting list to join the EU remains a long one even after the 2004 and 2007 enlargements. Enlargement cannot be considered an…

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Jakub Kulhanek

Putin’s Foreign Policy and the Founding of the NATO-Russia Council

For Russia, NATO represents a major foreign policy challenge that contin¬ues to create friction within the European security architecture. Although many expected the end of the Cold War to usher in a new era of cooperation, Russia and NATO have continued to harbor mutual suspicions and old biases. This work primarily analyses former Russian President Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy against the backdrop of the evolution of Russia’s relations with NATO leading up to the founding of the NATO…

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Marat Terterov

Russian Relations to the Gulf Region in a Changing Geopolitical Environment

Scholars of most academic disciplines across the social sciences have a fondness for comparing different regions in order to evaluate why one may be developing more rapidly than another, why democracy may be stalled in one region or flourishing in another, or why the benefits foreseen by economic reform have proven less conclusive in some regions when compared to oth¬ers. Despite the array of comparative works, a close examination of relations between Russia, the former Soviet republics and the…

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Konstantinos J. Hazakis

The Role of G8 Economic Summits in Global Monetary Architecture

The 1970s saw turbulent and dramatic economic transitions. The breakdown of the Bretton Woods System introduced new monetary conditions that ended a period of consensus among most capitalist states regarding ideal regimes to form their monetary relations. Until 1971, the interests of financial capital were embedded in domestic and global monetary regimes in what Ruggie termed the “compromise of embedded liberalism” (1982). After the first oil crisis (1974), industrial states faced severe…

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