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Grassroots exceptionalism in humanitarian memoir

-systematically. Even as humanitarian authority presupposes structured reasoning and methodical organisation, its mandate is still viewed through the lens of personal impulse and independence. Improvising in the midst of chaos, testing the limits of one’s endurance and ingenuity, following gut instinct even or especially when it flouts the rules: these are the core stories that acquaint the industry with its

in Global humanitarianism and media culture

, however, is still extremely low, which suggests that rapid growth should continue.4 Like Russia, China is no longer isolated diplomatically. To be sure, it faces severe short-term problems – uncompetitive state firms, a precarious banking system, poorly developed fiscal institutions. Beyond are deeper questions about China’s place in a global system. Nevertheless, so far China’s government has managed the contradictions of its evolving system with great skill, even if Tiananmen Square suggests what happens when problems spin out of control. A more plural world order

in Limiting institutions?

against the background of ongoing entangling infrastructural, resource and security needs among these very states. While loaded with powerful connotations, the term ‘interdependence’ may be appropriate in describing numerous FSU bilateral relationships. Second, we turn to underlying resource and economic realities which structure states’ actions, using the limited trade data available to explore systematically the potential for a ‘common economic space’ among FSU states. Our desire is to balance the predictable focus on dynamic, country-specific considerations by giving

in Limiting institutions?
What contribution to regional security?

for a regional security framework. None of the calls, however, has led to formal discussions or to any tangible outcome. In 1996, the Assembly of the Western European Union (WEU) issued a call for security to be incorporated into the existing subregional cooperation structures, including the BSEC. The proposal projected that, in the long term, structures for political and security dialogue would need to be set up in order to ensure systematic headway in developing the stability essential for consolidating economic progress.11 Although the EU has been a distant voice

in Limiting institutions?

It is frequently claimed that foreign policy making in Middle East states is either the idiosyncratic product of personalistic dictators or the irrational outcome of domestic instability. In fact, it can only be adequately understood by analysis of the multiple factors common to all states, namely: (1) foreign policy determinants (interests, challenges) to which decision-makers respond when they shape policies; and (2) foreign policy structures and processes which factor the ‘inputs’ made by various actors into a policy addressing these

in The international politics of the Middle East
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The international system and the Middle East

been more enduring than in any other Third World region. As Brown stresses, local players have always tried to manipulate such rivalry for their own agendas. But equally, imperialism’s fragmentation of the region into rival states often harbouring irredentist grievances against each other, its implantation of client elites and new class structures against local resistance and the creation and military enforcement of the state of Israel, have kept the region divided and dependent on external powers. Moreover, when there has been a hegemon on the world scene, it has

in The international politics of the Middle East