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.
9th July 2011, section Articles
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
8th July 2011, section Articles
Jan Daniel a František Novotný
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.
30th May 2011, section Symposium
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
10th February 2011, section Articles
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.
23rd January 2011, section Focus on the EU
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.
23rd January 2011, section Focus on the EU
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.
20th August 2010, section Articles
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.
22nd April 2010, section Interviews
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.
20th April 2010, section Interviews
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
1st April 2010, section Articles