Issue 11:1

Richard R. Moeller

The Challenge from Merkel’s Right: Alternative for Germany and the Alliance for Progress and Renewal in Bavaria and Eastern Germany

Abstract: In the past three years two new political parties have been established in Germany and both approach recent economic, social and civil issues from the political Right. The Alternative for Germany (Alternative für Deutschland, AfD) can indeed be viewed further to the right than the Alliance for Progress and Renewal (Allianz für Fortschritt und Aufbruch, ALFA); yet each notably exists in spite of Angela Merkel’s (Chancellor of Germany) Christian Democratic Union Party (CDU). Moreover,…

Issue 11:1

Nino Kereselidze

Causes of Conflicts and Methods or Resolution in the Caucasus

Abstract: After the collapse of the USSR and the outbreak of armed conflicts in the Caucasus, international relations scholars and practitioners have sought explanations about causes of conflicts and ways to their resolution. This article poses why conflicts have erupted in the countries of the former USSR and what are the methods of their resolution. With an effort to establish causality of conflicts, this article compares common causes of conflicts in the former Soviet Union with those in the…

Issue 11:1

Vladimir Remmer

The Role of Internet Based Social Networks in Russian Protest Movement Mobilization

Abstract: One of the unmistakable characteristics of Russia’s “White House” uprising that led to regime change in August 1991 was its broad popular support. The political upheaval that initially found buttress in Muscovite urban middle classes soon transcended all social strata and geography ending dominance of the communist party in Russia. However, the mass protests in opposition to authoritarian rule that gained energy in 2011 failed to generate the same momentum necessary to unite diverse…

Issue 11:1

Pavlo Ignatiev

Overcoming the “Dutch Disease”: The Economic Modernisation of Gulf monarchies into the 21st Century

Abstract: This article deals with necessity of oil-rich countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to move away from commodities export in favour of more diversified economies in times of low prices of crude oil. Issues, including the rise of alternative branches of industry, shifts in agriculture to developing countries in Asia and Africa, investments in shares of profitable enterprises and property in the West, development of the service economy are examined. Keywords: GCC countries,…

Issue 11:1

Nik Hynek

Regime Theory as IR Theory: Reflection on Three Waves of ‘Isms’

This article analyzes the significance of regime theory, or regimes theorization, for the field of International Relations. It tries to reflect on theoretical affinities between the two, with an intention to recast regime theory as IR theory. While this may not be surprising given that regime theory has been a standard occupier of IR theoretical space, not much has been systematically written on both evolutionary qualities of regime theory as such, and its changing yet strong pegging to IR…

Issue 10:3

Kingsley Emeka Ezemenaka and Jan Prouza

Biafra’s Resurgence: State Failure, Insecurity and Separatist Agitations in Nigeria

Abstract: This work critically examines the issues undermining the unification of Nigeria, using indicators and concepts including failed state, separatist agitation and insecurity. It forays into the inherent issues underlying the Biafran movement and the ways in which those issues, as well as Biafran agitation, are inimical to Nigeria's development. Nigeria is a heterogeneous nation facing challenges within the balance of economic development along ethnic divisions in society. The current…

Issue 10:3

Yulia Boguslavskaya

NATO and Environmental Security: Understanding the Limits of the Alliance`s Transformation during Détente

Abstract: The article explores the founding of NATO’s Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society (CCMS). The founding of CCMS made NATO—an organisation which was established mainly for territorial defence—deal with the issue of environmental protection. Thus, NATO received, for the first time, a task that was global in its nature and unrelated to its primary traditional concern: the security of its member states. Earlier research has emphasised opposition to the US proposal to establish the…

Issue 10:3

Siarhei Bohdan and Gumer Isaev

Criminal, Religious and Political Radicalisation in Prisons: Exploring the Cases of Romania, Russia and Pakistan, 1996-2016

Abstract: Ironically, prison and imprisonment plays a significant in role in the development of radicalised and extremist individuals and movements—a point highlighted by the recent enquiry into the radicalisation process of Islamists in Europe. The fact that prison might act as a ‘school of crime’ is one of the most debated issues in the field of penology and has begun to impact decision making in the areas of judicial affairs, social work, policing and public policy more generally. The state…


Stephanie Novak

Sharing Lessons and Perspectives with Chinese Education Innovators

What can the world learn from China and its education system; and what can we teach the Chinese? That was the burning question at a key regional seminar in Beijing last weekend. Some of the leading lights in education from the UK, US and around the globe travelled to the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) gathering in Beijing, China, entitled ‘Innovating for Equity and Empowerment’. The WISE-LIFE China Forum, developed by WISE and partners the 21st Century Education Research…


Iuliia Shirinkina

On the Brink? Assessing the US Election, 2016

While the presidential elections in the US are approaching to its final stage, more information is being published about the two candidates. The large amounts of personal information or facts that have not been considered significant in the past are now being revealed and spread around by numerous media outlets. As the campaigning is nearing its end any significant fact may change the voters’ opinions on candidates by emphasizing the flaws in their political campaigns, previous careers and…

Issue 10:3

Piercamillo Falasca, Lorenzo Castellani, Radko Hokovsky

European Union at Risk: The Judiciary under Attack in Romania

Executive Summary Many of the methods used by the Communists in Romania pre-1989 to create a politicised system of justice and law enforcement are still in existence in contemporary Romania. The control of judicial institutions and the subordination of the rule of law by the Romanian executive and its agencies continues to present a major challenge to attempts at reform. In particular, the use of the justice system by the Romanian executive, and its agencies, to destroy political…


Editor's Desk

Mitchell A. Belfer

Is Netanyahu Facing an Israeli Spring Moment?

With Middle East politics again ablaze, it is easy for pundits to miss the huge controversy brewing around Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he struggles to keep his composure under the weight of unfriendly allegations.It is easy; but it is wrong. With Israel’s Channel 2 reporting, back in early September, of an inquiry into claims that Netanyahu had solicited a bribe, something which he vehemently denies, this may be the trigger Israel needs to galvanize people against political…

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