In this excerpt
from the latest ECFR policy
on Syria, the authors argue
that a rare moment of opportunity has emerged following the US-Russian
agreement to launch peace initiative, Geneva II. Europe and the west should
prioritise ratcheting down violence and the threat of regional spill over.
recent elections to the City of London’s local authority were fiercely fought,
after years where the majority of seats went uncontested. Lessons should be
drawn for any future attempt to reform the financial services industry.
As the government ploughs on with its NHS ‘reforms’ in the face of opposition from medics and the public, whose interests are really driving these reforms? The latest move by former Health Secretary Alan Milburn provides a clue.
Minimising IMF financial support
through access to Gulf State finance allows Morsi to craft new political
narratives that reject views of Egypt as a US client state and redefines Egypt
within a framework of Arab nationalism and centre-right political Islam.
deadlock blocks every attempt to implement the “responsibility to protect”
peoples, a responsibility that “devolves on the international community in the
framework of the UN” and that was put into force in Libya and the Ivory Coast.
adopted its war-renouncing constitution following World War II, with Article 9
as a promise to itself and a pledge to the world to never repeat its mistakes.
The debate provoked by Prime Minister Abe Shinzo over amending this famous
peace clause threatens to destabilise the fragile regional peace
Arendt, Jefferson and Maitland are three great thinkers who all shared a passion for the power of local democracy, its ability to bridge the distance of representation. As our political system breaks down, it's an idea we must consider once again.
to vote for peace, we must first vote for voting systems which are 'peace-ful'.
Peter Emerson argues for consensus voting which allows for differences but
mutual respect, is inclusive, accurate, and very democratic
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