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Karachi - Ordered Disorder and the Struggle for the City

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With a population exceeding twenty million, Karachi is one of world’s largest ‘megacities’. It is also one of the most violent.

Since the mid-1980s, Karachi has endured endemic political conflict and criminal violence, which revolve around control of the city and its resources (votes, land and bhatta — ‘protection’ money). These struggles for the city have become ethnicised. In the process, Karachi, often referred to as a ‘Pakistan in miniature’, has become increasingly fragmented, socially as well as territorially.

Despite this chronic state of urban political warfare, Karachi remains the cornerstone of the economy of Pakistan. In contrast to the ‘chaotic’ and ‘anarchic’ city portrayed in journalistic accounts, there is indeed order of a kind in the city’s permanent civil war.

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Libya: A Transition Threatened by the Jamahiriyya Legacy

By Luis Martinez, Etude du CERI # 175 bis

July 2014

In post-Qadhafi Libya, the authorities are in search of a new art of governing. Despite the legitimacy accorded them by elections, they remain very weak. Without any means of coercion, they are constantly obliged to negotiate for their survival, threatened by those who were not chosen by voters but who instead draw their legitimacy from their participation in the revolution – the militias. The challenge facing the Libyan authorities is not so much to combat these forces but to harness them. Libya has not undertaken a process of “de-Qadhafication.” But for the militias, in particular the Islamists, the presence of former officials and leaders in the state apparatus is intolerable. Thus, on May 5, 2013 they pressured the parliament into passing a law excluding from politics persons who occupied positions of responsibility under the old regime. If the revolutionary brigades continue to impose their will on the government, the fall of Qadhafi’s regime will have not brought about political change in Libya but rather the continuation of former political practices under a new guise.


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Amitav Acharya, Professor of International Relations at the American University, Washington DC; President 2014-2015 International Studies Association

Professor Acharya is considered one of the most original thinkers in contemporary international relations, especially for his central role in the debate on a non-Western International Relations theory and practice. A prolific writer, his most recent publications are Rethinking Power, Institutions and Ideas in World Politics (London: Routledge 2013) and a third edition of Constructing a Security Community in Southeast Asia (London: Routledge 2014)

 

 

Chair: Christian Lequesne, Sciences Po-CERI

 

 

Discussant: Frédéric Ramel, Sciences Po-PSIA and CERI

 

 

This lecture is organized on the occasion of the launch in France of his latest publication "The End of the American World Order" published in London by Polity Press.

 

 

Crédit photo : The Economist

Responsable scientifique : David Camroux, Sciences Po-CERI

CERI-56 rue Jacob, 75006 Paris / Salle de conférences

Entrée libre dans la limite des places disponibles.


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M. Krzysztof Bolesta, Conseiller principal du ministre de l'Environnement polonais en matière d'énergie et de climat

Politique énergétique de la Pologne – les défis du mix énergétique actuel

 

 


Présidence : François Bafoil, CNRS/CERI-Sciences Po, et Ferenc Fodor, EDF R&D

 

 

Responsables scientifiques : François Bafoil, CNRS/CERI-Sciences Po, et Ferenc Fodor, EDF R&D
CERI-56 rue Jacob, 75006 Paris / Salle Jean Monnet


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Responsables scientifiques : Olivier Ferrando et Bayram Balci

 

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