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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…

Assad’s grip may be slipping but Syria remains at an impasse

Demo in Homs

Assad’s grip may be slipping but Syria remains at an impasse The strikes against Assad regime mark a turning point, but ultimately a non-military solution is the only way forward Salwa Ismail, 19 July 2012 The targeted killing of several key Syrian military and security figures including members of President Assad’s inner circle signals a…

What Putin’s Trip To Jerusalem Really Means

What Putin’s Trip To Jerusalem Really Means by Dimi Reider Jul 9, 2012 4:00 PM EDT  Much of the coverage of the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories focused on two questions: Putin’s perceived foot-dragging over Iran, and the visit’s significance for the Russian-speaking Israelis who make up…