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299 – Blame-game among theorists of international relations

September 13, 2014

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(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

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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

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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

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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

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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. […]

294 – On the origins of World War I

July 27, 2014

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World War I was unexpected, and for most, inexplicable. A hundred years later, as the anniversary looms, it has become the disconsolate symbol of “historical discontinuity.” Today’s gloomy Zeitgeist (particularly in the West) drives many pessimistic pundits to prophesize imminent doom – it is vulgar “cycles of history.” Ominous patterns and analogies are seen everywhere. […]

293 – Two ways in dealing with corruption

July 25, 2014

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Corruption – the improper mixing of public and private interest – is one of the scourges of contemporary society. How should we go about fighting it? The Western way is the “rule of law:” legislation defines what corruption is, and an independent judiciary pursues those breaking the law – first indicted, first tried. Separation and […]

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