Established states prefer to accommodate some rising powers while opposing others and the “intentions” of rising powers play an important role in the process of accommodation. Vikash Chandra observes that the prospects for accommodating rising nations with revisionist intentions and wider differences in terms of domestic variables vis-à-vis established powers are poorer than for status quoists and those with large-scale similarities.
Author: Vikash Chandra
THE BISMARCKIAN ROOTS OF RESTRAINT: REALISM AND ITS IMPLICATIONS
The present debate between restraint and primacy realists is to a large degree a function of differing theories on the balance of power. At the heart of the debate, is disagreement regarding the consequences of hegemony and counterbalancing behaviour. Sidharth Samrat Raimedhi elucidates the impact of continental Bismarckian thought on modern American realism, especially restraint realism and presents reasons why Bismarckian precepts have little relevance in the American grand strategic context.
Author: Sidharth Samrat Raimedhi
DRONE WARFARE: KILLING BY REMOTE CONTROL AND ITS MORALITY
S Krishnan details the justifi cations provided by the US for using drones even in areas where it is not formally at war and where such attacks are carried out by the CIA, a civilian agency. He avers that Washington is in breach of the laws of war, regardless of whether killing combatants by remote controlled weapons is morally acceptable and less likely to cause civilian casualties than conventional military action.
Author: S Krishnan
UNDERSTANDING POVERTY : ARE DEVELOPMENT AND HUMAN FREEDOMS CONTRADICTORY?
Akop Gabrielyan considers development from two major angles, namely development as both a process/progress and as a state/condition and examines the social aspects of development to understand its relation to contemporary global challenges such as poverty. He concludes that development could be endless, when and if the accumulation of wealth and the systematisation of sociocultural development are pursued concurrently through education, sound reforms and the provision of basic freedoms.
Author: Akop Gabrielyan
EMBRACING POLICY AND POLITICS: THE POLITICAL PARTICIPATION OF THE INDIAN DIASPORA IN THE US
Indians in America are characterised by their high educational and economic status, which on average places them above almost all other ethnic groups including the “white” majority. The Government of India has taken a number of measures to facilitate the involvement of overseas Indians in the nation’s economy and keep them connected with their native culture. Mohammed Badrul Alam reviews the size and role of the Indian community in the US and suggests measures to strengthen bonds with the mother country.
Author: Mohammed Badrul Alam
THE NEW YORK DECLARATION FOR REFUGEES AND MIGRANTS CONSENSUS TO ADDRESS THE FORCIBLY DISPLACED HUMANITY?
Ahmar Afaq and Nishant Sirohi discuss the definition of “refugees”, their origin and numbers as well as the global issues that have escalated through the influx of refugees from wars and conflicts in the recent past. They also examine the key principles adopted in the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants and analyse how they could help integrate the international community as a combined force for providing refuge to displaced people.
Author: Ahmar Afaq and Nishant Sirohi
APPROACHING THE ROHINGYA CRISIS CALLING FOR A SECURITY GOVERNANCE FRAMEWORK
There is a lack of effective governance strategies to address the issue of the Rohingya in both Myanmar and neighbouring countries. A collective failure to deal with the issue could escalate violence against this community and breed extremism, endangering the broader security of the Asia–Pacific region. Abdul Gaffar suggests an alternative multilevel security governance framework to avoid these pitfalls.
Author: Abdul Gaffar
WOMEN’S RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS
In India, women’s rights are violated frequently in day-to-day life, in the family, in households and in the public domain. Bharti Chhibber avers that while there is an elaborate system to protect the rights of women, there is a need for proper implementation. Moreover, laws do not automatically change the social structure but rather only set a code of conduct.
Author: Bharti Chhibber
INTERNATIONAL DYNAMICS ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD
Even though the principles of various international conventions as well as humanitarian and human rights law have been routinely flouted, these instruments remain genuine landmarks providing a basis for action. Lacking are the mechanisms and will for enforcement. According to Oinam Jitendra Singh, protecting children requires broad participation in monitoring and reporting human rights abuses, an enforcement of the law and a determined effort to prosecute offenders.
Author: Oinam Jitendra Singh
THE DIPLOMACY OF HOMOCAPITALISM AGAINST AFRICA: SAME-SEX MARRIAGE AND THE WEST’S PROMOTION OF HOMOSEXUALITY
Aloy Ojilere examines the politics of homosexuality and same-sex marriage in the US and Europe vis-à-vis Africa and explores the sociojurisprudential reality of most African states including core religious and moral conservatism, which refer to homosexuality as “un-African”
and “unnatural”. He also underscores the failure of Western economic diplomacy to lure Africa into legalising homosexuality and same-sex marriage through economic and political pressure, threats and sanctions.
Author: Aloy Ojilere
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