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The rule of law or rule of politics? Narratives from Timor-Leste on tip-toeing the “law”

October 5, 2018

By Sapna Reheem Shaila*   Eighteen years ago, Timor-Leste was on the tip of the tongue of every international law enthusiast along with Kosovo, when the UN set its transitional administration in the country. After Timor-Leste restored its independence, international partners, especially the UN, assisted the country in adopting new laws and institutions as part of … Continue reading “The rule of law or rule of politics? Narratives from Timor-Leste on tip-toeing the “law””


Aid and Conflict: Britain's approach

April 10, 2015

By Isobel Petersen: There is a trend across Western governments, and the UK is no exception, to consider the value of aid and conflict prevention as intertwined. The UK government has been a staunch supporter of the Security Sector Reform (SSR) framework since the 1990s (see Strife’s interview with Dylan Hendrickson). This concept advocates a … Continue reading “Aid and Conflict: Britain's approach”


Call for papers: A world in flux? Analysis and prospects for the U.S. in global security

September 17, 2014

A world in flux? Analysis and prospects for the U.S. in global security  Call for papers US Foreign Policy Research Group and Strife first annual conference March 4, 2015 at King’s College London The world is in an increasing state of flux. Growing concerns over the rise of Islamic State and international tensions over Ukraine … Continue reading “Call for papers: A world in flux? Analysis and prospects for the U.S. in global security”


Failed, failing, failure – Is Africa disgracing our family?

April 7, 2013

By Tim Glawion All five of the most failed states in the world lie in Africa, calculates the Fund for Peace in its 2012 Index. Mali, as a case in point, has been failing for months now, the army even went as far as fleeing when the Islamist insurgency attacked them. Only mother France’s troops … Continue reading “Failed, failing, failure – Is Africa disgracing our family?”


Runaway train: Can developing countries catch up with the modern world?

November 3, 2012

By Justyna Maciejczak Have you ever wondered what the magical threshold that a developing country has to cross is if it aspires to become a part of the industrialised world? Is it possible that one day the majority of today’s developing countries will eventually be recognised by industrialised nations as their equals? Dear idealists and … Continue reading “Runaway train: Can developing countries catch up with the modern world?”


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