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Origins and Evolution of the US Rebalance Toward Asia. Diplomatic, Military, and Economic Dimensions, by Hugo Meijer (ed.)


Palgrave Macmillan, Sciences Po Series in International Relations and Political Economy, 2015, 336 p. 


This book provides a multifaceted analysis of the so-called US 'rebalance' (or 'pivot') toward the Asia Pacific. Most existing literature has focused almost exclusively on the military dimension of the US pivot toward Asia, depicting this as a US 'grand strategy' to contain a rising China. In contrast, this book brings to light the breadth and complexity of what is a diplomatic, military and economic repositioning of the United States toward (and within) the Asia Pacific region. The first section of the volume assesses the international and domestic drivers and policy objectives underlying the US rebalance toward Asia by analyzing the multiple diplomatic, military, and economic dimensions at play, as well as their mutual linkages. The second section examines regional reactions to this composite policy shift in Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, Russia, and Europe.


A Sociology of Modern China, by Jean-Louis Rocca

Hurst & Co, Comparative Politics and International Studies, 2015, 160 p. 

The book paints an intimate and complex portrait of Chinese society in little more than a 130 pages, all the while avoiding clichés and simplifications. He delves into China’s history and examines the country’s many different social strata so as to better understand the enormous challenges and opportunities with which its people are confronted. After discussing the ‘long march toward reform’ and the crises along the way — among them the 1989 protests which culminated in the events in Tiananmen Square and elsewhere — Rocca dedicates the second half of the book to the major questions facing the country (or, at the very least, its political elites) today: new forms of social stratification; the interaction between the market and the state; growing individualism; and the pressures exerted by social conflict and political change. In eschewing culturalist visions, Rocca thoroughly and successfully deconstructs received wisdom about Chinese society to reveal a thriving nation and its people. 


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.)
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?
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Dans le cadre du cycle de rencontres "Ultimos Jueves" de l'OPALC, en hommage à la revue cubaine Temas qui, depuis 2002, organise des débats publics tous les derniers jeudis de chaque mois à La Havane.


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Tim Power, professeur à l'Université d'Oxford, OXPO Fellow



Responsable scientifique : Olivier Dabène (Sciences Po-CERI, OPALC)

La séance se déroulera en espagnol.

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Brazilian democracy at 30: the reelection of Dilma Rousseff and the challenges for Brazil in 2015 30/04 For more information


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Sophie Body-Gendrot, Université Sorbonne Paris IV




Discutante : Catherine Wihtol de Wenden, Sciences Po-CERI/CNRS




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)



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Les discriminations par les institutions d'autorité : France, Royaume Uni, Etats-Unis 29/04 For more information





Michele Ford, Professor of Southeast Asian Studies, and Director of the Southeast Asia Centre, University of Sydney


Publication récente (avec Thomas Pepinsky) : Beyond Oligarchy: Wealth, Power, and Oligarchy in Indonesian Politics, Ithaca NY: Southeast Asia Program, Cornell University, 2014





Discutant : Jérôme Sgard, Sciences Po-CERI

Introduction et présidence : David Camroux, Sciences Po-CERI





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Crédit photo : Nikkei Asian Review,  20.10.2014

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