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The Global Climate Has Always Been Broken: Failures of Climate Governance as Global Governmentality; Scott Hamilton

By ilgar Gurbanov

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Sep 30, 2015 - 3:33 PM

International climate governance is commonly referred to as a failure, due to the inability of states to take substantive action against anthropogenic global climate change. This raises an important question: if international collective action is required so as to heal, fix, or prevent further damage to the global climate, have we ever had a concept of the global climate that was not damaged, broken, or in need of international governance? This article argues that we have not. Today’s naturalized concept of a ‘global’ climate emerged in international relations only as recently as the late- 1980s, framed from its outset as a broken or damaged global object resulting from failures of governance to steward the Earth. By combining the Foucauldian tools of governmentality and genealogy, this article traces how an implicit ‘rationality of powerlessness’ has undergirded the global climate since its international political inception; from the 1979 World Climate Conference, to its global spread in the mid- 1980s by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), to its naturalized meaning today. This powerlessness, crystalizing in explicit political failures of governance, is shown to be an implicit global governmentality: a shaping, conducting, and governing of thought and action, by a concept of global climate change that is at its conceptual root always already broken, thereby engendering failure in a Sisyphean quest to fix what is conceptually unfixable. Read more...

The Foreign Policy of Post-Soviet Georgia: Strategic Idealism and the Russian Challenge; Vasif Huseynov

By ilgar Gurbanov

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Jan 18, 2016 - 12:14 PM

This article discusses Georgia’s foreign policy in the aftermath of the disintegration of the USSR in the early 1990s in regard to its relations with Russia. This perspective reveals the entrenched traditions of strategic idealism in the country’s political culture, and argues that this approach has shaped Georgia’s foreign policy strategies. On this basis, regardless of the geographic and geopolitical challenges, since the early years of independence, Georgia has remained committed to the pursuit of EU and NATO membership. This Western-oriented geopolitical predisposition caused the gradual deterioration of its ties with Russia, and eventually led to the current deadlock in bilateral relations. Through its analysis of the foreign policy of the Georgian Dream coalition, the article concludes that current relations between Russia and Georgia vacillate between rapprochement and confrontation, jeopardizing the security of the region as a whole. Read more...

Editor's Note

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Jun 14, 2017 - 1:16 PM

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Book review: 'World Order' by Henry Kissinger

By ilgar Gurbanov

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Sep 30, 2015 - 2:52 PM

Vol. 5 • No: 1 • Spring 2015 - Displacement, Refugees and Migration in the Caucasus and Eurasia Read more...

Book Review: 'Is the American Century Over' by Joseph S. Nye, Jr

By ilgar Gurbanov

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Sep 30, 2015 - 3:28 PM

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NATO’s Energy Security Agenda and its Possible Applications in the South Caucasus; Péter Stepper & Kinga Szálkai

By ilgar Gurbanov

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Jan 19, 2015 - 12:09 PM

Over the past decades and in the course of a complex discourse, NATO has decided to undertake a role in energy security. From one perspective, the Alliance has already reached a kind of ‘acquis’ related to energy security, based on three strategic priorities: political consultation and intelligence sharing; projecting stability; and protection of nuclear and non-nuclear critical energy infrastructure. On the other hand, NATO’s current activities suggest that it will not take on a leading role, but rather a limited and complementary one. After analyzing the theoretical discourse around the emerging NATO agenda on energy security, the article addresses its practical implications for the South Caucasus. The article explores NATO’s possible contributions to the regional energy security. First, it examines the potential of a traditional deterrencebased approach, before assessing the forms of preventive approaches developed by NATO. The article concludes that cooperation in the framework of partnership programs has been developing in line with the functional security concept, increasing the partner states’ capability to respond to emerging energy security challenges, while also contributing to the security of NATO member states. Read more...

Caucasus International Vol. 1 No: 2 - Autumn 2011

By Editor CI

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Oct 12, 2014 - 12:31 AM

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Caucasus International Vol. 1 No: 1 - Summer 2011

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Oct 12, 2014 - 12:27 AM

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Caucasus under Review: Recently Published

By Editor CI

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Dec 23, 2014 - 12:05 PM

The Caucasus is a region of both great diversity and potential; it is also a region about which much remains to be discovered. However, during the last decade, numerous publications on the region have enabled us to better comprehend this diversity and potential. In this sense, this section aims to introduce a number of these publications in order to keep our readers up-to-date with the available literature. Read more...
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