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Alexandra Heis

Infant Inoculation in the Light of a Foucauldian Analysis of Power Knowledge Relations

The reason why I have chosen this particular topic is a personal one: as a young mother, I have decided not to have my baby immunized because I have not been sufficiently convinced of a vaccination importance for diseases which have been, at least in Europe, eliminated for decades. In addition, the pediatrics’ reactions to my choice left me more than stumbled. Not only were they shocked, but more so they began to treat me and my son in an unfriendly manner. read more

9th July 2011, section Articles

Josefine Bingemer

Can the Zapatist Movement in Chiapas/Mexico be considered a Post Development Movement?

Many aspects of post-development thinking can be found in the Zapatist movement; especially their way of thinking about the economy outside of standard capitalist realms and the emphasis they put on the preservation of their culture. Mixing indigenous beliefs and knowledge with modern achievements (like in the health sector) is what Escobar had in mind when he wrote about hybrid cultures. read more

8th July 2011, section Articles

Jan Daniel a František Novotný

Democracy in the Middle East?

Following the tradition of past successful Symposiums, editors of Global Politics decided to focus this time on recent popular uprisings in the Arab World. There are not many issues in contemporary international politics that are so dynamically developing and vigorously debated as this one. By addressing various Middle East specialists with diverse backgrounds and institutional affiliations such as London School of Economics and Political Science, John Hopkins University or American University of Beirut, we would like to contribute a little to the debate and hopefully bring attention of our readers to some less known aspects of these dramatic events. read more

30th May 2011, section Symposium

František Novotný

Freedom of Religion Abuses in Malaysia

The essay discusses renouncing of Islam, prohibition of other Islamic teachings and propagation of other religions and proselytizing among Muslims in Malaysia through constitutional and respective state law along with the cases related to such abuse. In the second part author outlines possible circumstances that may have contributed to keeping the freedom of religion in Malaysia on nowadays level. read more

10th February 2011, section Articles

Tomáš Búry

The Lisbon Treaty, was it worth it?

This article deals with the process of ratification of the Lisbon Treaty and analyses following legal development. Both costs and benefits of the adoption of the new legal infrastructure are outlined. The procedural hurdles in the ratification process have strengthened the notion of a democratic deficit and an unevenness of the states. On the contrary the competences of the EU were better delimitated by the Treaty, increased effectivity of the institutions and efficiency of the decision making process were brought and a standard of human rights protection was raised. On balance the article claims that positives of the Lisbon Treaty outweigh negatives, but the Treaty does not represent epochal change and therefore further development is needed. read more

23rd January 2011, section Focus on the EU

Marek Garlicki

The Doctrine of Parliamentary Sovereignty after the Lisbon Treaty

This essay examines the influence of the incorporation of the Lisbon Treaty to the UK law on one of the fundamental principles of the UK constitutional system – the doctrine of parliamentary sovereignty (also called supremacy). The essay is divided in three main sections. The first explores the doctrine of parliamentary sovereignty and defines its meaning. Then it focuses on the accession of the UK to the European Communities in 1973 and its impact on the principle. Finally, the British regulations incorporating the Lisbon Treaty to the UK law are analysed. read more

23rd January 2011, section Focus on the EU

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 the Masaryk University. 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” and illustrate the significant sensitivity of this measurement and argue its limited insights. read more

1st April 2010, section Articles

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