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

first time in modern history, the major global power – I am of course referring to the US – doesn’t have a project for the world. It is evident that the US has always defended its own interests, but it always imagined or at least presented its interests – I’m not casting a value judgement here – as linked to a project for the world. Following the Second World War, it was the Americans who assumed primary responsibility for the creation of the international system, starting with Roosevelt. Some international institutions were accessible to all

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Catherine Akurut

the communities within which they reside ( Turchik et al. , 2016 : 143). This would require shifting away from the language that exclusively focuses on casting men as perpetrators and women as victims of violence ( Turchik et al. , 2016 : 137). For example, one of the mechanisms for receiving clients within humanitarian settings includes having the literature about CRSV on display. The language used in these areas for receiving victims

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Arjun Claire

. Solidarity provides a sound moral framework to bridge reason and emotion. It also addresses the flaws of témoignage, which has fostered a humanitarian-centric vision of change and a de-politicised humanity, foregrounding the physical needs of human beings, and casting social, economic, emotional and spiritual needs as matters outside the humanitarian realm. The humanitarian enterprise is still widely seen as a patronising undertaking, mirroring deep

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
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Ahmad H. Sa’di

. These features that are thought to set it apart from its Arab environment and constitute the basis of its deep affinity with the West, if recognized in the execution of rational racialized policies towards the native population, risk casting shadows on the state’s morality. Were the practices of surveillance and control in which it engaged in the early period seen to be planned, it might suggest that Israel was far from being democratic and modernizing. As a way out of this predicament of rationality/irrationality, some researchers and commentators have claimed that

in Thorough surveillance
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A failed state on NATO’s frontline
Kees van der Pijl

coroners’ report again became a matter of debate in December 2015 and the possibility of an air-​to-​air missile attack was raised, Australian police declared it ‘a confidential document shared with JIT partners’, whose publication could harm Australia’s international relations.60 In February 2016, the Dutch chief prosecutor on the JIT, Fred Westerbeke, told victims’ relatives in a letter that no video or film footage of the missile launch was available, casting doubt on the Gerashchenko/​Bellingcat photo of the white smoke trail. Westerbeke further claimed that US data

in Flight MH17, Ukraine and the new Cold War
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Claire Sutherland

than attempting to legitimate it (Beresford 1989 , 54; Morris 1973 , 144). Meanwhile, the communist regime which Diệm portrayed as having capitulated ideologically to the Chinese enemy was busy moulding its own nation-building project using much the same legitimating myths, but casting itself as the latest exponent of a long history of Vietnamese resistance. Some outside observers also espoused the view that Vietnam was an ancient nation

in Soldered states
The role of news and online blogs in constructing political personas
Julia Gallagher and V. Y. Mudimbe

, yet they were primarily aimed at Ivoirian (local and diaspora) audiences. The internet became a site where counter-narratives to mainstream Western news and alternative images of the crisis and its protagonists were created and circulated, and the internet has also provided a platform in which opposing readings of the Ivoirian post-electoral crisis could emerge. In the websites and blogs linked to the LMP, international pressure was transformed into a political opportunity. By casting Laurent Gbagbo as the victim of French neo

in Images of Africa
Kirsten Haack

these different settings – legitimacy, accountability, fairness and the opportunity to participate – we are uncertain as to what the necessary criteria of a functioning democracy are. Is casting a vote enough? Do we need ballots if we have the rule of law? Do we need a state to provide services for its people to be called democratic? Is liberalisation essential or not? Even among states that are deemed to be democratic, the criteria of what constitutes democracy vary, as Carothers (2009) showed. According to Carothers, US democracy assistance focuses on the core

in The United Nations democracy agenda
Kirsten Haack

continuum. By contrast, democracy as elections marked the starting point of the democratic continuum by describing the minimum criteria for democracy in both theory and practice. Democracy as elections described the most commonly held vision of democracy – a procedural definition focussed on the casting of the ballot. A third vision of democracy was defined through the practice of (good) governance support. Democracy as governance moved further along the democratic continuum to describe a broader, systemic-procedural view of democracy that takes into account not only

in The United Nations democracy agenda
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The democratic continuum
Kirsten Haack

interests of their clan or group in a central decision-making body. Other forms might include consultative processes or principles of accountability. In the liberal, Western tradition, however, the minimal definition of democracy here focuses on democratic procedures such as (universal) elections. This definition limits the people’s involvement, their exercise of ‘rule’, to the event of casting a vote. Elections thus function as a transmission belt between the ruling and the ruled, working both ways to control and to legitimate. Thus, at the heart of procedural democracy

in The United Nations democracy agenda