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Politics & International Affairs magazine

Year: 2010

Arif Mammadov

Human rights promotion in the EU foreign policy

After the end of the Cold War, promoting democracy became one of the main features of the foreign policy of the European Union (EU). The Maastricht Treaty of 1992 stated that one of the objectives of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) is to promote democracy, the rule of law, and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. Furthermore, the Copenhagen criteria, which defines the conditions for EU membership, clearly indicates that one of the main requirements is the existence of institutions that ensure respect for human rights, democracy and the rule of law.… read more

20th August 2010, section Articles

Jana Kovačovská

Gould: “Southern Corridor Needs To Be Perceived as Open for Business”

Tim Gould is Manager for the Caspian, Caucasus and Southeast Europe in the Directorate of Global Energy Dialogue of the International Energy Agency in Paris. Prior to taking up this position in 2008, he dealt with a wide range of Eurasian energy issues as Senior Advisor to the Secretary General of the Energy Charter Secretariat (from 2004). The interview took place in the IEA headquarters in Paris. Part of this interview has also been published in the Bulletin of Azerbaijan and Caspian Studies Center, which operates under the International Institute of Political Science of… read more

22nd April 2010, section Interviews

Jana Kovačovská

Efendiev: “More EU and NATO Involvement in the Caspian Region Is a Win-Win Scenario”

Altai Efendiev is the Head of Department of Economic Cooperation and Development at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan. From 2000 to 2004, he was Economic Adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. He also acted as Deputy Secretary General of the Permanent International Secretariat of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC). Part of this interview has been published in the Bulletin of Azerbaijan and Caspian Studies Center, which operates under the International Institute of Political Science of the Masaryk University. read more

20th April 2010, section Interviews

Petr Pribyla

Human Development Index: How to cope with its limitations?

The Human Development Index (HDI) is used to measure quality of life in countries across the world. This index has been published – on regular basis – since 1990, however its contribution and ability of covering up as sliding concept as human development in its own scope has been still highly discussed. Main aim of this paper is to focus at limitations of Human Development Index and try to answer questions, concerning how deeply this measurement is able to reflect the reality in particular countries. I will discuss the usefulness of the conceptual framework of “human development”… read more

1st April 2010, section Articles