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Afghanistan, Zimbabwe and the Just War principle

September 15, 2011


The world has just marked with due solemnity and regret the tenth anniversary of terrible terrorist attacks upon the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Much has been written in recent days analysing the legacy of the events to date. The most notable 9/11 outcome has perhaps been armed intervention in Afghanistan by NATO and […]

The Secret Challenge of Africa

May 16, 2011


From a guest blogger in Kenya: After structural adjustments and economic liberalisation have proved inadequate to address the continent’s woes, the focus of the international donor community in Africa has been trained on the need to combat corruption. The fight against corruption has been precisely that—a fight against—but the central problem of the continent is […]

Egypt, Tunisia, and the Failure of Neoclassical Economic Theory

April 13, 2011


‘The regime changes in Egypt and Tunisia have been hailed as victories for democracy, as proof of the liberalizing power of social networking media, as testimony to the power of nonviolent political action. All of that they may indeed be; but the events in Egypt and Tunisia also illustrate a major defect in our economic […]

Should Britain Invade Libya?

March 4, 2011


The title I have chosen is somewhat disingenuous. I do not support armed intervention in Libya, and so my intention in blogging on this subject is not to voice support for military action. Neither, however, do I oppose it. But the suggestion that the West might use force in the Arab world has once again […]

What Libyan and Other Jasmine Revolutionaries Owe Burma

March 3, 2011


Part one of a series written by a guest blogger: ‘Burma leads the world!’ – not a common headline. And yet, this should be the sub-heading behind every newspaper cover story of the Middle East uprisings taking place right now. Why? The (non-violent) revolution handbook used in each of these settings was originally written to […]

Can Democracy Save Egypt?

February 21, 2011


There is an interesting article on the Witherspoon Institute’s Public Discourse site by Egyptian journalist Yasser Khalil, who took part in the recent protests in that country. ‘The question that now hangs over Egypt,’ he argues, ‘is whether real freedom is possible, or whether the country inevitably will fall under authoritarian control or the rule […]