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An Interview with Celso Amorim, Former Brazilian Foreign Minister
Juliano Fiori

Brazilian diplomat. As we began discussing international affairs and strategy, Amorim’s speech assumed a calm, professorial cadence. ‘Global disorder’ undermines international cooperation, he suggested soberly. And there is a need to rescue human rights discourse, despite the hypocrisy and selectivity of its liberal proponents. Amorim leant forward when I brought up Brazil’s recent withdrawal from the world stage. As foreign minister throughout the two presidential terms of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, from 2003 to 2011, he guided Brazil to a position of

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
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The European Union and its member states

This book takes up traditional approaches to political science. It aims to offer a mixture of conventional and specific analyses and insights for different groups of readers. In view of the European Union's multi-level and multi-actor polity, the book highlights the complex procedural and institutional set-up of nation states preparing and implementing decisions made by the institutions of the European Community (EC). In looking at the emerging and evolving realities of the European polity, it shows how European institutions and Member States (re-)act and interact in a new institutional and procedural set-up. It explores how governmental and non-governmental actors in different national settings adapt to common challenges, constraints and opportunities for which they are mainly themselves responsible. The book discusses the Belgian policy toward European integration as a significant demonstration of its commitment to multilateralism and international co-operation in security and economic affairs. Attitudes to European integration in Denmark, Germany, Finland, Greece, and Spain are discussed. Tendencies towards 'Europeanisation' and 'sectoralisation' of the ministerial administration during the process of European integration and the typical administrative pluralism of the Italian political system seem to have mutually reinforced each other. Strong multi-level players are able to increase their access and influence at both levels and to use their position on one level for strengthening their say on the other. German and Belgian regions might develop into these kinds of actors. A persistent trend during the 1990s is traced towards stronger national performers, particularly in terms of adaptations and reactions to Maastricht Treaty.

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Governing Precarity through Adaptive Design
Mark Duffield

the Couch? ’, Aid on the Edge of Chaos: Rethinking International Cooperation in a Complex World , https://aidontheedge.info/2014/12/05/the-wdr-2015-putting-development-on-the-couch/ (accessed 2 September 2017 ). Ramalingam , B. , Laric , M. and Primrose , J. ( 2014 ), ‘ From Best Practice to Best Fit: Understanding and Navigating Wicked Problems in International Development ’, Working Paper ( London : Overseas Development Institute ). Redfield , P. ( 2015 ), ‘ Fluid Technologies

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Humanitarianism in a Post-Liberal World Order
Stephen Hopgood

impact, including the scarcity of resources like water, and the mass displacements that are likely to come with climate change. Then there is rampant inequality and the consequent rise of populism, the revival of this kind of national chauvinism being likely to hamper international cooperation. Allied to this is the revival of various forms of religious and ideological fanaticism across the belief spectrum, creating intolerance, violence and instability. The impact of technology is also not necessarily benign, allowing easy communication, yes

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Lessons from case studies from the South and North
Rajesh Tandon and Edward T. Jackson

well. International cooperation can be very useful to local partnerships International cooperation can provide financial and methodological support for community–university partnerships. For its part, the indigenous governance project in Bolivia’s Municipality of Jesus de Machaca benefited from a regional 28 MUP_Hall.indd 28 30/07/2013 17:16 building blocks of partnerships initiative funded by the European Union and coordinated by CEBEM. The same project also used methods and tools from the SAS2 group (www.sas2.net), based at Carleton University in Ottawa, funded

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The Albanian mafia
Xavier Raufer

criminals who melt into thin air in sight of the Italian coast. There are other examples of international cooperation practised by Albanian organised crime: • • From Tirana a front company situated in Albania buys and then has delivered from the US safes, top-quality alarm and security systems. Subsequently, expert burglars from gangs come from Europe and America to train using these ‘demonstration’ materials. In the field of burglary, specialised gangs have teams variously qualified 63 Xavier Raufer depending on the difficulty of the target. Among them are elite elements

in Potentials of disorder
The dynamics of multilateralism in Eurasia
Sean Kay

security.22 In Eurasia, the security dilemma drives the nature of state choices for international cooperation. Eurasia is also, however, a region where the status quo has not been changed by deep military alignments or security cooperation. The variations in institutional form illustrate that states are primarily signalling their security concerns via institutional membership choices. While such security cooperation is not deeply ingrained, it could become so in the future. Thus the dynamics of multilateralism in Eurasia do provide a framework for understanding the

in Limiting institutions?
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Europeanisation and Belgian federalism
Christian Franck, Hervé Leclercq and Claire Vandevievere

2444Ch3 3/12/02 3 2:02 pm Page 69 Christian Franck, Hervé Leclercq and Claire Vandevievere Belgium: Europeanisation and Belgian federalism Introduction: European integration as a historical lesson of neutrality For about fifty years, the Belgian policy toward European integration is the most significant demonstration Belgium has made of its commitment to multilateralism and international co-operation in security as well as in economic affairs. Even if Belgium had already illustrated such an orientation through its participation in multilateral trade and

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Environmental justice and citizen science in a post-truth age
Editors: Thom Davies and Alice Mah

This book examines the relationship between environmental justice and citizen science, focusing on enduring issues and new challenges in a post-truth age. Debates over science, facts, and values have always been pivotal within environmental justice struggles. For decades, environmental justice activists have campaigned against the misuses of science, while at the same time engaging in community-led citizen science. However, post-truth politics has threatened science itself. This book makes the case for the importance of science, knowledge, and data that are produced by and for ordinary people living with environmental risks and hazards. The international, interdisciplinary contributions range from grassroots environmental justice struggles in American hog country and contaminated indigenous communities, to local environmental controversies in Spain and China, to questions about “knowledge justice,” citizenship, participation, and data in citizen science surrounding toxicity. The book features inspiring studies of community-based participatory environmental health and justice research; different ways of sensing, witnessing, and interpreting environmental injustice; political strategies for seeking environmental justice; and ways of expanding the concepts and forms of engagement of citizen science around the world. While the book will be of critical interest to specialists in social and environmental sciences, it will also be accessible to graduate and postgraduate audiences. More broadly, the book will appeal to members of the public interested in social justice issues, as well as community members who are thinking about participating in citizen science and activism. Toxic Truths includes distinguished contributing authors in the field of environmental justice, alongside cutting-edge research from emerging scholars and community activists.

Jorge Téllez Carrasco and José Blanes Jiménez

, poor road infrastructure and difficulties in accessing credit. As a result, intermediaries, rather than small producers themselves, were the principal beneficiaries of international support. Therefore, the question arose as to how to ensure that international cooperation/support was helpful in generating higher and more sustainable incomes for families from the most disadvantaged social groups. From the research standpoint, the project was conceived as a base community forest management assessment in the Chiquitania which would inform the next design phase. With this

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