Issue 2014 - Volume 8, Issue 2

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Keith White-Hunt

How the 2004 and 2007 EU Enlargements Weakened the CFSP and CSDP: A Socio-Economic and Geopolitical Analysis

ABSTRACT: From its very beginnings, defence and security related issues were a major concern of EU policy. However, it was the demise of the USSR in the early 1990’s and the end of the Cold War that – between 1998 and 2004 – gave a major push to the evolution of the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). These changes, combined with the expansion of the EU as a result of the rapid accession to membership of many new countries, spawned the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP)…

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Kateřina Werkman

Seeking Community Reconciliation through Traditional Ceremonies: A Strategy of Conflict Management

ABSTRACT: The debate on the role of traditional conflict management and reconciliation practices in modern post-war situations has been around for a while. The central concern is whether approaches that reflect the cultural context of the conflict setting would be better suited for responding to the challenges of reconciliation in the war-affected societies. In Sierra Leone, the government and the international donor community focused their efforts and funds on pursuing the judicial (through…

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George Hays II

American “Foreign Policy” in Film: Post-World War II Identity Creation

ABSTRACT: This article continues the author’s previous examination of sub-elite identification through popular film from ‘Three Incarnations of The Quiet American: Applying Campbell’s “foreign policy” to Sub-Elite Identifiers.’  Departing from the argument made in that work, this article examines five films ranging in content from the Korean War to Terrorism in the 1990’s.  By applying the same theory and methodology to a wider range of conflicts, representations of those conflicts, and time…

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Barthélémy Courmont

The “Marine” Factor: What the Lepenisation of French Politics Really Means

ABSTRACT: Marine Le Pen, president of the French extreme-right party Front National, emerged on the political scene as not only the daughter and heir to Jean-Marie Le Pen, but a smarter and more seductive leader than her father. Her rise – just a few months before the 2012 French presidential elections – and impressive results in the first round signal that she is likely to play a significant role in French politics and change the traditional political chessboard. In this light, the concept of…

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Martina Ponížilová

Limits of Human Development in a Weak and Religiously Fractured State: The Case of Lebanon

ABSTRACT: Deploying Lebanon as a case study, this article links the concept of human development to weak and failed states to provide insights into ways to enhance the effectiveness of implementing development strategies. Lebanon serves as an example of a weak state characterised by strong religious cleavages. This study introduces Lebanon’s weak statehood in connection with development practice and fulfilling human development, which is very limited due to weak state institutions and the…

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Petr Kučera

Israel and Turkey: From Realpolitik to Rhetoric?

ABSTRACT: This article analyses the media discourse on Israel in Turkey during the crisis period that followed Israel’s Operation Cast Lead (2008) and culminated in May 2010, when Israeli armed forced attacked the Mavi Marmara, a ship operated by a Turkish Islamic NGO, leaving nine Turkish activists dead. For the purpose of the inquiry, two leading Turkish newspapers were chosen, Zaman, the most-sold Turkish daily with Islamic-conservative leanings and mostly supportive of the government, and…

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Nancy Jamal

The British Broadcasting Company (BBC): Half a Century of Covering Bahrain

ABSTRACT: Until 1968, Bahrain was a protectorate of the British government during its days of imperial glory, and home to its political agent in the region. Research shows that the first television programme covering events in Bahrain dates back to the 1950‘s making, the British Broadcasting Company (BBC), the very first international television station that presented news of Bahrain to the world. This work focuses on what vocabulary was being used by the BBC then, and how it developed over…

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