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rationality; rather it can only restrict the latter to a subordinate domain. 47 The proper home of communicative rationality, according to Habermas, is the life-world of social interaction, where individuals construct and interpret the identities of themselves and others. Communicative rationalisation, in its ideal form, is seen by Habermas to free

in Culture and international conflict resolution

change away from the cloak-and-dagger melodramas of the past and from the paranoia that viewed anything that was socially or politically nonconformist as suspect and subversive. Contemporary tensions As the long countdown to the Iraq war began, Australia’s intelligence apparatus seemed to be stable and harmonious, and more professional than it had ever been, but there

in Intelligence and national security policymaking on Iraq

characteristics but values such as freedom, democracy and human rights. With such a strong and, indeed, personal identity of seeing Australia as a part of the Anglosphere, it was no surprise that the Abbott government brought Australia closer to the US and its key Pacific ally Japan in addressing the security risks posed by the assertive rise of China. Sharing the strong commitment to the rules-based order as well as the recognition of the key role of the common ally in the Asia-Pacific, the two countries’ perspectives on China’s challenges became

in Japan's new security partnerships
Peace-building in south-eastern Europe

Council, a Ministry of Defence, and a new defence structure based on a civilian, state-led control. Under this arrangement, defence ministries of both Republika Srpska and the Federation ceased to exist and the army was reduced to consist of only professional soldiers. This was a significant leap forward as ten years prior to this unified structure the separate armies had fought each other for four years

in EU security governance

afflicted. Stemming these and other less lethal infections is seen as critical to meeting Millennium Development Goal health targets, and many health professionals believe several of these disease could be eradicated completely within a few years if progress continues.40 More generally, international health policies—aimed at improving overall societal health (especially for women and children), care delivery systems, and basic health infrastructure—have become an indispensable component of foreign policy for the United States and its allies, strengthening the linkage

in African security in the twenty-first century

:1 (1994), 20. g Wiebe, ‘The Nile River’, p. 746. h Ibid., p. 746. d MAD0577_EMERSON_v1.indd 182 10/11/2017 12:19 183 Resource conflict and the environment More recently, all the Nile Basin states united in 1992 for the first time to pursue a joint dialogue on sustainable development and management of the Nile waters.i Out of shared interest and need, water affairs ministers from the Nile Basin states gathered a group of scientific professionals from all the riparian states for discussion that culminated in the 1997 Nile Basin Initiative (NBI). Even today, the

in African security in the twenty-first century
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. There are camps and cliques in most governing regimes, and although it can be useful to label them, they are rarely so stable in membership and identity as such labelling implies. An observation made by Peter Reddaway is significant in this respect: ‘the siloviki appear … not to have a leader or leaders, not to meet in even a semi-public way, and not to have any means of coordinating their goals and plans’.57 At least equal credence should be given to the notion that engagement of the siloviki in Russian politics, under both Yeltsin and Putin, is a ‘normal’ feature of

in Securitising Russia
Britain, 1940–43
Andrew Williams

also been emotionally damaged, not, curiously perhaps, by the defeats at Dunkirk and the bombing of the ‘Blitz’, but by the realisation that it could not stem the German tide as it had in 1914 or even stop the ‘yellow hordes’ that took Singapore and much of the Empire in the Far East with such consummate ease. It is said that Churchill only truly wept tears of despair when Singapore fell. There was virtually no disagreement among British political parties about the desirability of maintaining the Empire. The British Empire was part of Britain’s core identity

in Failed imagination?