A Neo-imperial Menace – The Great Game for the Middle East

A comparative study of Syria & Iraq wars, makes it evident that the cause of instability is not authoritarianism, nor radicalism in either of these states, and the entire ME region. Rather these are symptoms of a greater menace inciting them – neo-imperialism. Enough with associative-thinking  – ‘this has to be true because of this.’Continue reading “A Neo-imperial Menace – The Great Game for the Middle East”

The World to Come – Volume I: An International Theory of Politics

Cultural relativism and constructivism are two theories, one sociological the other political, that help us understand international politics from a different perspective. We challenge the idea of absolutes but we also accept the traditions which develop over time as part of human social culture, or constructs. There are elements of all philosophy, from realism andContinue reading “The World to Come – Volume I: An International Theory of Politics”

Who Partakes in Political Violence?

Terrorism is a tactic adopted by particular groups for a political objective. The individuals that partake in this violence often exhibit common characteristics. One of these characteristics is impoverishment (Lee 2011). In parts of the world where state capacity to serve the public is low, terrorist group participation is more likely. In other words, theseContinue reading “Who Partakes in Political Violence?”

The Causes of Political Instability in the Middle East: A Constructivist Approach

If we are to analyze properly regions of the world which are historically religious anomalies, it would seem precarious to apply normative principles across various societies. The Middle East possesses a unique characteristic which makes it vulnerable to instability. That is the underlying logic of this research article. The common trend of analyzing the MiddleContinue reading “The Causes of Political Instability in the Middle East: A Constructivist Approach”

Is a Balance of Power Emerging?

At first glance, it would seem that the world we live in is starkly unipolar – defined by US hegemony in a post-soviet world. While US hegemony is unquestionable, the notion of an emerging balance of power is still possible. Waltz definition for BOP theory includes a bipolar world. For this reason, the USSR-US dichotomyContinue reading “Is a Balance of Power Emerging?”

The Seeds Were Sewn: Democracy & Terror in the Middle East

Democracy & Terror in The Middle East Danny Krikorian Abstract The aim of this research analysis is to determine whether or not levels of democratic process influence political violence in the form of Islamic extremism within the context of Middle Eastern countries. The overall findings suggest that the relationship between reduced violence, that is, stability,Continue reading “The Seeds Were Sewn: Democracy & Terror in the Middle East”

Does Foreign Aid Perpetuate Terrorism?

The purpose of this article is to analyze the strengths, weaknesses as well as the overall implications of five separate research studies on the subject of foreign aid and its relationship to politics development. The general tendency based on the research suggests that foreign aid has a negative relationship with development, that is, the more foreignContinue reading “Does Foreign Aid Perpetuate Terrorism?”

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