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Governing Disasters: Beyond Risk Culture, by Sandrine Revet and Julien Langumier (eds.)


Palgrave Macmillan, Sciences Po Series in International Relations and Political Economy, 2015, 260 p. 

Irreversible and exceptional events, disasters are nevertheless governed, usually in the context of specific, dedicated interventions by state authorities or NGOs, who aim to lead the affected population from a place of emergency to a new, post-disaster - but still undefined - position. How do the victims of disaster interact with the dispositifs of government and disaster? Based on extensive research - both ethnographic and historical - conducted over a long period of time in field locations as various as Hong-Kong, Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka, France, Argentina, and Italy...


Former colonial powers and the management of political crises in their former colonies


European Review of International Studies (ERIS), 3-2014

Special issue edited by Élise Féron and Valérie Rosoux.

Contributors: Richard Banégas, Laetita Bucaille, Teresa Almeida Cravo and Maria Raquel Freire, Élise Féron, Laetitia Spetschinsky, Irina V. Bolgova, et Stephen Chan.

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The Enigma of Islamist Violence, by Luis Martinez, Amélie Blom and Laetitia Bucaille (eds)
The debate surrounding Islamist violence remains locked in oppositional sterility. Are such attacks perpetrated by Islamists as a matter of belief or do they reflect socio-economic realities? Is the suicide bomber a pathological case, as the psychologist maintains, or a clever strategist, as those steeped in the geopolitical approach claim? This book aims to transcend both the culturalist or underdevelopment explanations by focusing on the highly variegated nature of the phenomenon.
Democracies at War Against Terrorism. A Comparative Perspective, by Samy Cohen (ed.)
This book deals with the difficulty democracies face in conducting asymmetric warfare in highly populated areas without violating international humanitarian law. On numerous occasions, democratic nations have been singled out by human rights NGOs for the brutality of their modus operandi, for their inadequate attention to the protection of civilian populations, or for acts of abuse or torture on prisoners. Why do they perpetrate these violations? Do they do so intentionally or unintentionally? Can democracies combat irregular armed groups without violating international law? When their population is under threat, do they behave as non-democracies would? Does this type of war inevitably produce war crimes on a more or less massive scale?
The Gamble of War Is it Possible to Justify Preventive War?, by Ariel Colonomos
With the new millennium, prevention has become a popular doctrine in international politics. One of its most noticeable features is that democracies become inclined to strike first. In the US, it has served as the banner of the neo–conservative movement but it also gathered support from some liberals. It has also inspired several Israeli interventions. Does the preventive use of force meet the normative criteria that prevail or should prevail in a democratic system? Or does it endanger the legal and ethical traditions that characterize the history of Western military ethics? This book analyzes the justification of preventive war in contemporary asymmetrical international relations. It focuses on the most crucial aspect of prevention: uncertainty. Luck plays a significant role in these hazardous preventive wars, with unforeseen and sometimes unforeseeable consequences. This book bridges the explanatory analysis of uncertainty in preventive war making (using field work and data) with a normative account of prevention. It builds a new framework where the role of luck – whether military, political, moral, or normative – is a corrective to the traditional approaches of the Just War tradition.
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Séminaire du groupe de recherche Migrations et mobilités du CERI






Camelia Tigau, Université nationale autonome du Mexique (UNAM), auteur de  Riesgos de la fuga de cerebros en México: construcción mediática, posturas gubernamentales y expectativas de los migrantes. CISAN – UNAM (2013),172 pgs.


Discutant : Thibaut Jaulin, Sciences Po-CERI



Responsables scientifiques : Anne de Tinguy (INALCO/Sciences Po-CERI), Catherine Wihtol de Wenden (Sciences Po-CERI/CNRS), Hélène Thiollet (Sciences Po-CERI/CNRS) et Thibaut Jaulin (Sciences Po-CERI)



Sciences Po-CERI, 56 rue Jacob, 75006 Paris / Salle du conseil

Entrée libre dans la limite des places disponibles

The Emigration of Skilled Middle Classes in Mexico: Desires Related to Subjective Well-being 31/03 For more information



Denise Fisher, Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University and at present a Visiting Scholar in the Sciences Po-CERI

Former diplomat, she served in Burma, Kenya, India, Malaysia and Washington DC and was Ambassador to Zimbabwe. The Australian Consul General in Noumea from 2001 to 2004, she is the author of France and the South Pacific: Power and Politics, Canberra, ANU E Press, 2013



Discutant : S.E. M. Christian Lechervy, Ambassadeur, Secrétaire permanent pour le Pacifique et Représentant permanent de la France auprès de la communauté du Pacifique et du Programme régional océanien de l'environnement

Président : David Camroux, Sciences Po-CERI



La présentation se déroulera en anglais; la discussion en anglais et en français



Responsable scientifique : David Camroux, Sciences Po-CERI

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Geostrategic Challenges for France in the South Pacific 14/04 For more information


Séminaire doctoral dans le cadre du projet ANR "Les usages des technologies liées à l’interception des communications: la France dans son environnement européen"


La discussion avec la salle s'articulera autour de courtes présentations proposées par les participants aux deux tables rondes de la journée.


10h30-12h30 : Obéissance, raison d'État et surveillance 


Didier Bigo, Sciences Po-CERI, King's College

Frédéric Gros, Sciences Po



14h00-16h00 : Savoirs professionnels et surveillance numérique 


Laurent Bonelli, Université Paris-Ouest-Nanterre


Pierre-Antoine Chardel, Télécom École de Management, l'Université Paris Descartes




Responsable scientifique: Didier Bigo, Sciences Po-CERI



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Renseignement, espionnage, surveillance, obéissance 27/03 For more information