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Elleke Boehmer

young Biafra, of brave, loyal soldiers and dutiful girls united in a hopeless and yet ennobling national struggle. Moreover, through her heroic act Gladys reasserts the integrity she appeared to have lost, but does so by becoming once again unambiguously feminine. Her death fixes her in the time-honoured attitude for women of self-sacrifice. Indeed, across the course of the short story Gladys carries both the positive and the negative connotations of women’s action in service of the postcolonial nation-in-formation – of national conflict as glorious, for a brief time

in Stories of women
Water scarcity, the 1980s’ Palestinian uprising and implications for peace
Jeffrey Sosland

between developing countries. Slow development and modernization, weak government and ethnic conflicts create instability within these states. Deep-seated ethnic, political, economic and regional animosities can drive intra-national conflicts. Furthermore, intra-state water conflict may result from unequal social distribution of water, from relocation of large numbers of people due to the construction of dams

in Redefining security in the Middle East
Analysing two arenas over time
Wolfgang Wessels, Andreas Maurer, and Jürgen Mittag

governmental interests with regard to European integration policy projects. Thus, we also look at the questions: since ‘Maastricht’, and in comparison to the pre-Maastricht era, what are the main policy areas of the Member States? Which European topics are discussed in national debates? Is there any evidence to suggest that major political events or national conflicts – such as national elections, changes in government, etc. – produce important changes in the tone or style of EU policy-making at the national level? National adaptation: structures and procedures for European

in Fifteen into one?
The organisation of war-escalation in the Krajina region of Croatia 1990–91
Hannes Grandits and Carolin Leutloff

the popularisation and institutionalisation of boundary-maintenance mechanisms in Croatia in 1990. The HDZ, which formed the government after the first free multi-party elections in Croatia, increasingly integrated its nationalistic position into the newly developing postsocialist state machinery. Political antagonisms, which in the breakdown of the socialist system and the following temporary power vacuum seemed inevitable, aroused national conflicts between Croats and Serbs about the form and character of the new institutions of the developing national state. These

in Potentials of disorder
Language, education and the Catholic Church
Alex J. Bellamy

blamed for presenting the political, social and national conflicts in the former Yugoslavia ‘as centurieslong conflicts between essentially opposed human types, types of cultures and civilisations’.135 Moreover, he argued that the Church was guilty of portraying the Croats as ‘quasi-immaculate’ while portraying Serbs as ‘the incarnation of evil’. These two positions are a little unfair. Clearly, some priests did articulate such views, which had an open resonance with the language used by Tuœman. However, although Kuhariç tacitly supported the HDZ in the run-up to the

in The formation of Croatian national identity