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  • Divisions Haunt Rising Powers as They Organise Themselves as BRICS

    With India reiterating that all five BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) member states were united in acknowledging the global threat posed by terrorism, and that those who perpetrate acts of terror are no more dangerous than those who support them, the latest edition of BRICS summitry came to an end last week in the Indian resort state of Goa. The BRICS leadership tried to move the agenda forward a bit by declaring their intent “to establish (a) BRICS ...
  • Forging Ties in Different Pathways: Developing Iranian-Asian Relations in the Aftermath of the JCPOA

    The Islamic Republic of Iran is rapidly embarking on a new phase in its post-sanctions era. Upon the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)’s confirmation that Iran has fulfilled the relevant requirements under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, or the Iran Nuclear Deal), on January 16, 2016, all nuclear sanctions on Iran were lifted by the United Nations, the European Union, and the United States, excluding the latter’s primary sanctions on Iran. Amidst ...
  • Philanthropy in Development: Undermining Democracy?

    The word philanthropy dates back to the Greek word φιλανθρωπία, which means the love of humanity. Today the OECD defines private philanthropy as non-official development assistance (ODA) to developing countries. Such assistance can be through large philanthropic foundations such as the Rockefeller or Clinton Foundation, or through ‘direct giving’ platforms such as Global Giving or Kiva. But does what we call philanthropy today deserve its name? Rather than focusing on ...
  • Emerging States… onto Emerging Analyses?

    ‘Global IR’ is in flux, reflecting profound, continuing changes in the global political economy. This new online quarterly journal is to be welcomed because it advances the globalization of IR & IPE, symbolized by its base in Turkey. Our new five-year old PhD in Boston also seeks to focus on such changes, leading to novel forms of responsive, non-state, transnational ‘regulation’. I anticipate synergies between ‘Rising Powers in Global Governance’ ...
  • Lacking Global Leadership

    So the Hangzhou G20 Summit has come and gone and now the eighth BRICS leadership conference hosted again by India, but this year in Goa as opposed to the previous India BRICS Summit in New Delhi is just about upon us. This BRICS Leaders’ Summit will take place on October 15th and 16th. So where are we in determining the state of global order leadership and the Liberal Order that has been so prominent since the end of the Cold War? A sweep of editorials and reviews ...
  • The Nexus between the Emerging Powers and the Existing World Order: Interdependent Hegemony

    The Concept of “Interdependent Hegemony” Since the global financial crisis in 2008 with the decline of the hegemonic dominance of the US-led world order, the rise of emerging powers has successfully penetrated into some power areas in terms of economic competition, capital accumulation, political and economic influence as well as technical and material capacities. China in particular is performing outstandingly in terms of its global share of high-tech manufacturing ...
  • What Next for the G20? Hangzhou to Hamburg and Beyond

    The Group of Twenty (G20) has received poor reviews in recent years, so expert reactions to the Hangzhou G20 Summit of September 4-5, 2016 were hardly surprising. Several published commentaries gave negative assessments, summarized well by Tristram Sainsbury. Next year I will participate in a conference panel called “The G20’s Mid-life Crisis,” which neatly reflects the prevailing belief that the forum is not living up to earlier hopes. The principal reason for such ...
  • The Regional Dimension of Turkish-Russian Relations: From Crisis to Normalization

    Although many analysts tend to highlight the importance of economic links between Ankara and Moscow particularly in trade, energy and tourism, it should be indicated that there is also a very powerful regional dimension of the Turkish-Russian relationship. A certain degree of political dialogue between the two countries has always been crucial in order to maintain peace and stability in a wide region stretching from the Balkans to Central Asia. In this regard, during the ...
  • The “Pathologies” of UN Peacekeepers: Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Allegations of Blue Helmets

    The UN’s “legitimacy” is widely recognized to be the main source of its authority and power in world politics. To be powerful, it should be seen to serve some legitimate purpose- like preserving international peace and security, promoting human rights. More importantly, it must be perceived to serve this purpose in an impartial, just, neutral and technocratic way, by using impersonal rules and laws. As yet, there is ample evidence of harms caused by UN peacekeepers to ...
  • Rethinking Geopolitics and Global Governance: Testing Perspectives on International Human Security

    A glaring trend in World Politics re-confirms the overall Stewart P. Bennett’s article entitled “Geopolitics is back – and Global Governance is out”. Thus, the turbulent, largely violent and uncertain character of a world experiencing critical security and humanitarian crises in Syria and Iraq and across the globe whereby burning salient issues ranging from combating terrorism in all its shades and forms (more particularly ISIS terrorism) to drastic climate changes shed ...