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CIDA is hardly a wasted enterprise

The National Post recently published two articles about Canada’s aid effort in Afghanistan, with both suggesting that tax dollars have been wasted in that enterprise. As someone who acted as a senior advisor with CIDA, serving with Canada’s Provincial Reconstruction Team in Kandahar in 2008 and 2009, I believe it’s important to set the record…

Germany and Israel: Is It Friendship?

In the second of two posts on German-Israeli relations, Felix Berenskoetter argues that a shared commitment to the memory of the Holocaust and to Israel’s right to exist has not formed a true friendship between Germany and Israel.  When there is a meeting between German and Israeli government officials, it has become a ritual to…

An Act of Friendship? Re-reading Grass on German-Israeli relations

In the first of two posts on German-Israeli relations, Felix Berenskoetter goes against the grain to ask whether the controversial poem by Guenter Grass ‘What must be said’ can be read as an act of friendship vis-à-vis Israel. In April this year, Günter Grass, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature and one of Germany’s…

Glimpses of the Thailand-Myanmar border

1 September 2012 My first direct encounter with Burma starts in Thailand. The overnight coach from Bangkok’s Morchit terminal to Mae Sot in the Northwest stops at several Thai army checkpoints where soldiers with bulletproof vests and surgical masks survey passengers’ identity cards. With the first check in process, four people quietly slip off the…

How Many Buddhists Are There in Northern Ireland?

Danny Boyle’s Olympics opening extravaganza was many things, but one thing it was not was a history lesson. If you were looking for any acknowledgement of the place of empire in the British national narrative, you would have had to concentrate quite ferociously during the hauntingly beautiful Abide With Me section, sung by Emeli Sandé,…

The End Of IR Theory As We Know It…

  In case you missed it, recent ISA and BISA conferences saw panels contemplating whether ‘IR Theory’ has come to an end. This question, posed by the editors of EJIR, was discussed by a range of distinguished scholars whose answers ranged from ‘yes’ to ‘no’, in the process reflecting on the meaning of ‘theory’ and…

Afghans in Pakistan face a perilous future

Afghans in Pakistan face a perilous future Living in Pakistan has become increasingly difficult for refugees from the war-torn state. By Sanaa Alimia, Last Modified: 29 Jul 2012 14:07 Millions of Afghan refugees in Pakistan fear attempts to force them from homes in which some have lived for more than 30 years. They say they…

South Sudan a Year On: Statehood in Perspective

South Sudan a Year On: Statehood in Perspective By Hagar Taha on July 6, 2012    July 9th will mark the first year-anniversary of the South Sudanese state coming into existence, after it its seceded from Sudan following two bloody civil wars that weakened the economy and the social fabric of the two states, and…

Professor Charles Tripp elected Fellow of British Academy

Many many warm congratulations to Professor Charles Tripp who has been elected a Fellow of the British Academy.  Charles is a Professor of Politics with reference to the Middle East with the Department of Politics and International Studies. His research interests include the nature of autocracy, state and resistance in the Middle East and the politics of…

The Energy and Electricity Market Reform debacle – how UK government policy is failing the green economy

The Energy and Electricity Market Reform debacle – how UK government policy is failing the green economy 23 July 2012   By Harald Heubaum & Felicia Jackson The UK’s Energy & Climate Change Select Committee released a scathing report today on the Government’s draft Energy Bill which addresses Electricity Market Reform (EMR). The report suggests…