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Petr Manousek

Comparison of Regional Integration in Europe and Latin America

Comparative regional integration studies is an expanding subject. Its broad interdisciplinary nature has made it an eclectic and overstretched field that would gain from more cohesion. This essay therefore lays foundation for a like-with-like comparison of regional integrations that is inclusive and allows for interdisciplinary knowledge. This comparison (specifically focused on Europe and South America) […] read more

8th October 2012, section Articles

Andrej Krokoš

Security-related Export Controls of Dual-use Technologies: An International Law Perspective

The term dual-use technologies refers to research and technology with the potential both to yield valuable scientific knowledge and to be used for nefarious purposes with serious consequences for public health or the environment. In this article, author tries to evaluate the trade with these technologies through the framework of inernational law and present the main regimes which are designed to regulate it. read more

19th June 2012, section Articles

Katrin Kohler

Colonial (Dis-)Continuities in Development Discourse and Practice

Within the framework of this paper I explicate the basic elements of colonial as well as development discourse. Although we can identify an obvious rupture line between colonialism and the era of development, I demonstrate that the colonial heritage structures development discourse in various ways. While there have been some significant changes on the rhetoric level, basic colonial concepts still prevail such as a dichotomic and hierarchical worldview, the evolutionary paradigm with the West as its benchmark, the idea of ‘white’ expertise etc. These often racialised assumptions… read more

9th July 2011, section Articles

Eric Pfeifer

De-Politicizing the Environment: An Inquiry into the Nature of the Sustainable Development Discourse

The aim of this paper is to establish reasons for the inclusion of certain elements in the sustainable development discourse as well as its exclusionary systems making for the “blind spots”. The question to be answered is: What effects and implications does the order of the sustainable development discourse have on the political sphere? What perspectives open up for tackling environmental issues? Which perspectives fade away or disappear? read more

9th July 2011, section Articles

Andrea Visotchnig

Microfinance and Post-Development: Incompatibility or a question of construction?

Microcredits – and microfinance in general – have recently been hyped as a means to overcome poverty. However, the actual outcomes of this instrument often differ from the intended ones. Moreover, the concept is a highly problematic one when looked at it from a post-development perspective. Some of its shortcomings, though, could be overcome by hybridizing microfinance with the post-development concept of a language of a diverse economy. read more

9th July 2011, section Articles

Christiane Loper

Critique of the Critique: Post-Development and points of criticism

In the last years as a student of International Development, my naive understanding of helping ‚the others‘ and my idea of the whole development business was completely disillusioned. To be critical about development and about what people mean when they use the term ‚development‘ became natural and unavoidable. Therefore the topic of Post-Development seems somehow to be a summary of my study. Everything deconstructed – but what next? It seems important to me to look deeper at Post Development and its critique. read more

9th July 2011, section Articles

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

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

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