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This book addresses some of the neglected problems, people and vulnerabilities of the Asia-Pacific region. It talks about emancipation, human security, 'security politics', language and threat-construction. The book is divided into three sections: agents; strategies and contexts; and futures. The first section outlines a range of possible agents or actors potentially capable of redressing individual suffering and vulnerability in the region. It examines East Asian regional institutions and dynamics of regionalism as potential sources of 'progressive' security discourses and practices. There is focus on the progressive security potential of regional institutions and regionalism has become increasingly prominent in literature on security in the Asia-Pacific. Two common interpretations of the role of epistemic communities in the construction of security are contested: that they are either passive sources of governmental legitimacy, or autonomous agents with the capacity of constructing or creating state interests. The second section reviews strategies and contexts, outlining a range of different sites of insecurity in the region, the ways in which dominant security discourses and practices emerge, and the extent to which such discourses are contested in different contexts. Indonesian government's approach to minority groups and separatism, the issue of civil unrest and human rights abuses in Burma, and the Australian government's attitude towards refugees and asylum-seekers are discussed. The third section deals with security futures, specifically discussing the question of what alternative security discourses and practices might look like. Finally, the book outlines a feminist critical security discourse and examines its applicability to the Asia-Pacific region.

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Bell ( 2006 : 373) notes, ‘Some 50 percent of civil wars have terminated in peace agreements since 1990… numerically, these settlements amount to over 300 peace agreements in some 40 jurisdictions’. The vast majority of these political settlements are based on power-sharing solutions in which the key actors are guaranteed a place in government. In effect, the underlying rational of international

in Conflict to peace

. Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition (1998: 311–12) To understand the implications of how techno-biopolitical logics shape our thinking about politics and ethics, we must first look at how this contemporary condition is produced. To do this, I look to a less obvious thinker of biopolitics, but one ‘whose writings on life and politics are “biopolitical” in all but name’ (Campbell and Sitze 2013b : 23). In current analyses of

in Death machines

) questions the adversarial logic of law; it claims that the violence thesis defines law by an initial act of positing and hence coercive imposition. The third objection (iii) refers to the interventionist relation of law to its other, to society in general, which “Law and violence” ascribes to it. And the fourth objection (iv) addresses the political nature of law, which the violence thesis presupposes. These four objections form a sequence, insofar as the refutation of one objection leads to the next one. In addition, these four objections elicit the following four

in Law and violence
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The interviews in this book provide detail and personal reflections on the shift from exclusive political processes to an inclusive political process in an attempt to achieve peace in Northern Ireland. The failure of Sunningdale, which condemned Northern Ireland to another twenty-five years of violence, revealed the shortcomings of not having joint government participation to support power-sharing and of a lack of will (especially on the part of the British) to make the initiative work. The Anglo-Irish Agreement

in Inside Accounts, Volume I
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” of those subjected to it.) 3.  Equality and authority The proceeding in which law consists is defined by three positions –​a first party; a second party; a third person, who wields the power of judgment –​and two relations –​the horizontal relation between the two parties and the vertical relation between the parties and the non-​ party of the judge. But to understand the meaning of these relations in the legal proceeding, we must recognize their political substance. In negative terms this means that the legal proceeding is not an arbitration procedure; the judge

in Law and violence
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Europeanisation breakthrough

has remained outside the negotiation of a political settlement. Although Hayward (2003, 2007) and Salmon (2002), among others, have found positive aspects in the EU’s involvement through connective impact and institutional pressures, most of these works posit identity change as a critical factor for conflict transformation. Identities in Northern Ireland, however, have remained mostly fixed and a

in The Europeanisation of conflict resolution
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Security sector reform in transforming societies

This book is about the relationship between societies and their instruments of coercion at times of great political and societal change. Specifically, it uses the experiences of Croatia and Serbia-Montenegro 1 to examine the control, management and reform of armed forces, police and intelligence agencies in the aftermath of conflict and authoritarianism. Referred to in this book as the

in Security sector reform in transforming societies
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In/security, peaces, identities and politics

IBEGAN THIS RESEARCH WITH THE THESIS that the state in/security discourse contributes to shaping political identities in such a way that the writing of war is intermingled with the writing of peace, ultimately moulding political imaginaries in Colombia. Such imaginaries are written according to security concerns, legitimising state and non-state violent actions that propel

in In/security in Colombia
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The politics of everyday life

and hatred flourishes. (Yehuda Paz, quoted in Staunton, 2010 : 2) The 1998 Belfast Agreement – also commonly known as the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) or Multi-Party Agreement (MPA) – was heralded as a ‘new beginning’, an agreement that would end decades of political instability and sectarian violence. A strengthened equality

in Everyday life after the Irish conflict