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About Mariano Aguirre
Mariano Aguirre is Director of the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre (NOREF), Oslo
Articles by Mariano Aguirre
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George W Bush made democracy-support a central theme of his presidency. Barack Obama, by contrast, has downplayed it. Yet the latter's approach may achieve more effective results, says Mariano Aguirre.
The degrading treatment meted out to prisoners of the United States-led "war on terror" over seven years has yet to be subject to proper legal scrutiny and accountability. But the responsibility is Europe's too, say Jan Egeland & Mariano Aguirre.
(This article was first published on 17 June 2009)
The United States’s shift of strategy towards “AfPak” needs to go further by taking account of regional concerns and local agencies, says Mariano Aguirre.
Haiti's interlocking crises - from food-security to social violence, inequality to judicial corruption - make it one of the most challenging arenas in the world for establishing the right mix of international and domestic policies. Mariano Aguirre & Amélie Gauthier draw lessons from a research trip to suggest where the priorities should lie.
The next Israeli-Palestinian conference can produce results only if there is strong political will to tackle the hardest issues, say Mariano Aguirre & Mark Taylor.
The privatisation of security in an era of disaggregated global war is breaking one of the basic pillars of the modern state: the monopoly of the use of force, argues Mariano Aguirre.
Britain's prime minister is leaving the stage after ten years. openDemocracy writers say goodbye.
The predicament of the United Nations is the mismatch of large responsibilities and few powers to fulfil them. The solution is to be activist not fatalist, says Mariano Aguirre.
Bolivia's indigenous, nationalist, leftist leader Evo Morales has articulated an ambitious programme of economic and constitutional reform. The dysfunctional state and divided society he has inherited present him with huge challenges, report Mariano Aguirre and Isabel Moreno.
The United States's linkage of pre-emption and failed states reflects a shift of rhetoric that leaves untouched the freedom to wage endless war, says Mariano Aguirre.
The Madrid massacre of 11 March 2004 was the prelude to the political defeat of Spain’s political right. Two years on, says Mariano Aguirre, it is deploying a conspiracy theory about 11-M as part of its comeback.
Haiti's peaceful election has left unresolved the question of whether United Nations involvement in the country has been success or failure. Mariano Aguirre assesses the record and looks ahead.
Latin Americans' search for new models of governance can benefit from an understanding of how their fragile states encourage violence and block democracy, writes Mariano Aguirre.
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