Supporting dictatorships in the name of stability has become one of the bedrocks of Western foreign policies across the developing world. Yet there is little evidence that this policy is successful in preserving stability and a lot of evidence that foreign support for dictatorships, particularly the petro-dictatorships, just causes more problems in the long-term.
In this piece Mubashar Hasan shares the summary of his recently published scholarly article titled ‘Sport as a critique of politics: Everest climbing, nationalism and the failure of politics in Bangladesh.’ Mubashar argues that in Bangladesh, Everest climbing has political significance as these mountaineers use their public platform to criticise national politics. Even hoisting the flag at the top of the world (after risking own lives) can be used as a way to express dissatisfaction over the country’s politics.
This essay by Professor Rasmus Grønfeldt serves to briefly motivate what is at stake in the philosophy of multiculturalism and the multiculturalism of philosophy.
Dr. Florian Schneider reviews the academic conference on “Informal Political Actors in East Asia, Russia and the Arab World” taken place at the Sheffield University in January, 2015 and offers an insight on how non-traditional actors are influencing international politics.
As leaders of the future, young people must be actively engaged in, and informed about, issues affecting the body populous of Australia. The more a sense of community and leadership is instilled in young people, the more inclusive and peaceful the future of Australia and its inhabitants will be.
The international political order is frequently described as consisting of a series of “sovereign nation-states”. This is incorrect, as many states are inhabited by multiple nationalities and many nations do not have their own state. In recognition of the fact that the state and the nation are not overlapping, a new concept of citizenship-state relations has emerge – plurinational citizenship. Based on the Bolivian experience Dr. Lorenza Fontana of Sheffield University, UK explains.
The partisan fight over Netanyahu’s speech to Congress has shown the increasing disunity in the USA over policies towards Iran and the problems of an effective nuclear deal with Tehran. However, it is worth remembering that no American-led deal can prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons if Iran wants them and the American political class and the general public should get used to it. A brilliant analysis by Alochonaa’s IR chief Dr. Simon Leitch