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  • 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 ...