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Karachi - Ordered Disorder and the Struggle for the City



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.


Gaza: A History, by Jean-Pierre Filiu


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Hust & Co, London, July 2014, 424p.

Through its millennium–long existence, Gaza has often been bitterly disputed while simultaneously and paradoxically enduring prolonged neglect. Jean-Pierre Filiu’s book is the first comprehensive history of Gaza in any language...


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Routledge Handbook of Modern Israel, edited by Alain Dieckhoff
Bringing together more than thirty notable contributors from around the globe, the Handbook sheds light on the multi faced reality of modern Israel in order to better understand, beyond clichés, this complex society.
Etudes du CERI
N°175bis, July 2013
Libya: A Transition Threatened by the Jamahiriyya Legacy, by Luis Martinez
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.”
Israel's Asymmetric Wars, by Samy Cohen
The book is devoted to Israel's asymmetric wars, those conducted against irregular armed groups that have attacked it. It seeks to understand the Israeli strategy in the fight against terrorists acting under the guise of civilians or using the population as human shields.
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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.

International Relations in a "Multiplex" World Order 11/09 For more information

Cycle de séminaires en coopération entre Sciences Po-CERI et EDF R&D

Equilibres et enjeux internationaux de l’énergie




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


Politique énergétique de la Pologne 9/09 For more information

Colloque organisée en partenariat avec l'Institut Français d'Etudes sur l'Asie Centrale (IFEAC) et l'Institut Français de Géopolitique



Responsables scientifiques : Olivier Ferrando et Bayram Balci


14 octobre : Salle de conférences, 56 rue Jacob, 75006 Paris

15 octobre : IFG, Université Paris 8

25 ans après la chute du Mur. Mobilisations sociales et nouveaux enjeux géopolitiques en Asie centrale post-soviétique 14/10 For more information