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An Interview with Celso Amorim, Former Brazilian Foreign Minister

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

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Governing Precarity through Adaptive Design

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

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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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.

Lessons from case studies from the South and North

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

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

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The dynamics of multilateralism in Eurasia

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

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Europeanisation and Belgian federalism

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

in Fifteen into one?

, 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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, conducting studies of the economy, strengthening the work of community roundtables in the developing operating plans and the systematization of their first experiences as a municipality. The project not only supported this particular experience of the Indigenous Municipality Jesús de Machaca, but sought to disseminate that experience and share the lessons learned with other municipalities in the area, in the Andean region, with the academic world and international cooperation, as well as with the national and regional public sector. The general objective of the project was

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