Browsing Archives of Author »Aldo Matteucci«

301 – A rethink of the Biological Weapons Convention?

October 23, 2014


Opened for signature in 1972, the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) is one of the mainstays of the UN treaty system banning weapons of mass destruction. It prohibits: Art 1 (Basic Convention text[1]): “Each State Party to this Convention undertakes never in any circumstances to develop, produce, stockpile or otherwise acquire or retain: (1)        Microbial […]

300 -Should the EU go for “big infrastructure projects”?

October 19, 2014


(a jaundiced view) EU countries are in the economic doldrums – no question about it. Unemployment, particularly among its youth has hit record levels. Politicians, forever in search of popularity, wring their hands in despair and call for “big infrastructure projects” to jump-start their economies. All governments are deep in debt: fiscal prudence would be […]

299 – Blame-game among theorists of international relations

September 13, 2014


(who knows the truth does not seek the truth) No sooner has the Ukraine crisis established itself that theorists of international relations have started the blame-game among themselves. In the September/October 1014 issue of Foreign Affairs, John J. Mearsheimer – the loudest proponent of “aggressive realism” gleefully blows his own horn: “Why the Ukraine Crisis […]

298 – What Europe needs is a “Bismarck”

September 11, 2014


Arguably, the most important multilateral gathering on the XIXth century, in the West, was not the Vienna Congress of 1815, which froze international relations for the first half of the century, but the Berlin Congress of 1878. Many historians of international relations have failed to understand this point, which left them belaboring and bewailing the […]

297 – How do Caliphates emerge?

August 21, 2014


ISIS, an Islamist group, has declared the Caliphate on the border between Syria and northern Iraq, quickly expanding and even menacing Bagdhad. Pundits have conjured images of Islamic warriors on a worldwide jihad.[1] What is one to make of the claim? It may be useful to look at the historical evidence of how the last […]

296 – The uncertain ethics of Ebola treatments

August 17, 2014


An Ebola epidemic has been foregrounded recently. A discussion has emerged on how to treat patients with currently available experimental drugs.[1] Going over the arguments is interesting, for it sheds uncertain light on our capacity to think rationally. At the core, the argument is that the experimental drug should have been given in the framework […]

295 – Ephemera III

August 8, 2014


Two styles of rhetoric I have just finished a book on the emergence of the Czechoslovakian Army in Italy, at the end of World War I.[1] It contains both documents of the period and current contributions. It allows me irreverently to compare styles of rhetoric. The wording of a document from 1920 uses verbs throughout. […]


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