Political Economy is key to understanding the short and long term causes and contributing factors determining the dynamics of conflict, peace and security. A breakdown of certain forms of economic activity may both reflect and spur changes in political and social identity groupings and their relations to each other. Simultaneously violence and the absence of the state may function as an enabling factor for certain forms of development and primitive accumulation.
the government and security institutions of Egypt and Tunisia have remained
intact, necessity being the mother of invention, a new form of governance has
emerged in Syria. This in itself is worth celebrating and supporting.
uprising, Erdoğan and Davutoğlu tried to turn Damascus and Aleppo into safe
market havens. Perhaps Turkey still expects eventually to have the lion's share
in a future reconstructed Syria, but the ruling AKP party may pay a high price
for its regional policies.
The only Arab country where
protests started from rural areas might find itself facing an internationally
funded reconstruction which will award money to urban centres, thus abandoning the
very roots of the current crisis. The only solution is to build economic
awareness. Starting from now.
Fawaz Gerges and Rosemary Hollis with Robin Yassin-Kassab at the openDemocracy conference Syria's peace: what, how, when?, discussing the regional proxy war, class dynamics in Syria, intervention and the costs of not negotiating with Assad.
A wave of suicides has swept through the Indian farming community in recent years as, driven into heavy debt by deadly competition, many small farmers don't see another way out. A market-fundamentalist Indian government has so far refused to take its responsibilities to stop this growing epidemic.
The infamous Public Eye award wants your vote on the company that most deserves naming and shaming. Activists from South Yorkshire to the Canton of Vaud are backing security company
G4S to win. Here's why.
For the last two years, the Baltic states
have been role models for pro-austerity organisations such as IMF or EU. But there is an increasing and urgent need to deflate the myth of the austerity success story and tackle growing economic fractures.
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are committed to promoting human rights and inclusive democracy through
dialogue and debate. But a global debate without the female half of
humanity is neither global nor democratic. With this in mind, 50.50 publishes women's
analysis, insight and views on current affairs.
In the months following the start of the Arab Revolutions, articles and analysis poured into openDemocracy from contributors across the Middle East and Europe. Gradually, the impact of Tahrir Square began to extend well beyond the Middle East as democratic inspiration travelled from east to west. Arab Awakening tries to capture that inspiration and use it to help us read a rapidly changing world.
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-Professor Charles Tripp, SOAS