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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 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?
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?
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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 du groupe de recherche Sociologie de la politique étrangère du CERI


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David Criekemans, Université d'Anvers


Regional Sub-State Diplomacy Today


Caterina Garcia Segura
, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelone


L'action extérieure de la Catalogne dans une perspective souverainiste


Discutant : Romain Pasquier, CNRS, Sciences Po Rennes




Responsables scientifiques : Christian Lequesne (Sciences Po-CERI), Hugo Meijer (King's College London) et Gilles Riaux (IRSEM)



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Les politiques étrangères des gouvernements infra-étatiques 8/04 For more information


Débat dans le cadre du Séminaire doctoral Chine du CERI






David Goodman, University of Sydney


Président et discutant : Jean-Louis Rocca, Sciences Po-CERI

Autour des publications récentes :

David Goodman, Class in Contemporary China, Cambridge, Polity Press, 2014
Jean-Louis Rocca, A Sociology of Modern China, London, Hurst Publishers, 2015



Responsables scientifiques : Jean-Louis Rocca, Sciences Po-CERI et Françoise Mengin, Sciences Po-CERI

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Middle Class China: Dreams and Aspirations 7/04 For more information