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Emerging Capitalism in Central Europe and Southeast Asia. A Comparison of Political Economies, by François Bafoil

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Palgrave Macmillan, September 2014, 256 p.

The book examines the emergence of different forms of capitalism in Central-Eastern states in Europe and Mekong states within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). All of them (but Thailand) have historically disappeared from the regional maps for long periods of time due to colonial or imperial rule. Most of them were previously members of a soviet-type economy, and they all joined ASEAN or the European Union in the 1990s or in the 2000s. These states are characterized by a strong urge toward feelings of national sovereignty due to their experiences with colonialism and imperialism. 



Global IR and Regional Worlds. Beyond Sahibs and Munshis: A New Agenda for International Studies

The transformations at play in the contemporary international system are not merely political, they also have echoes in academic debates. Indeed the challenge to the West caused by the rise of emerging powers as well the search for new forms of global governance. By highlighting these double transformations at play in the contemporary world, Amitav Acharya seeks to encourage a movement beyond a Western centrism in the study of international relations and contribute to the development of an international relations discipline which will be at the same time more pluralist and more globally encompassing.


Shiism and Politics in the Middle East, by Laurence Louër
The author argues that local political imperatives have been the crucial factor determining the direction of Shiite states in the Middle East. The book contributes to dispelling the myth of the determining power of Iran in the politics of Iraq, Bahrain and other Arab states with significant Shiite populations.
Karachi. Ordered Disorder and the Struggle for the City, by Laurent Gayer
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.
The Transformational Effects of the Oil and Gas Strategy of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq, by Gareth Stansfield
An entity — or entities — existing within and across the boundaries of sovereign states established in the aftermath of World War I, Kurdistan, or the ‘Kurdistans’ of Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran, have rarely engaged in actions and activities that may be considered to be ‘transformational’ in terms of how they would impact upon the broader milieu of Middle Eastern political and economics lives.
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Research Group on Theories of International relations


With: Darrel Moellendorf, Professor, Goethe-Universität (Frankfurt) and principal investigator of "Normative Orders"


Discussant: Margaux Le Donné, Sciences Po


Academic Coordinator: Ariel Colonomos, Senior Research Fellow, CNRS


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The seminar will take place at Sciences Po's Doctoral School

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Prof. Rosemary Foot, Oxford University – St Antony’s College



Discussant: Guibourg Delamotte, INALCO




Much like the study of China itself, theorists of power transition have lately experienced a resurgence of interest in their arguments. As China is emerging as the world’s largest economy (in purchasing power parity terms), with the second largest military budget, and has become more assertive internationally under a more centralized leadership, the picture painted is one of growing morbidity: conflict between China, the putative rising dissatisfied power, and the United States, the declining hegemon, has allegedly become probable. This paper critiques these arguments. However, its main aim is to consider the restraints on conflict that generally are given insufficient attention in power transition approaches that deal with the Sino-American relationship. Prof. Rosemary Foot argues that historical awareness among leaders, state agency, the complex economic trends that are central to our understanding of this hybrid world order, together with the domestic preoccupations of these two central protagonists are among the factors that need to be examined more closely. While these factors certainly do not guarantee a cooperative relationship between China and the United States in an era of change, they do impose forms of restraint.


Responsable scientifique : Hugo Meijer, King’s College London, docteur associé au CERI


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Constraints on Conflict in the China-US Relationship: Contesting Power Transition Theory 10/02 For more information


Colloque organisé par le groupe de recherche "Politiques antidiscriminatoires" (CERI), avec le soutien de l’Alliance de Recherche sur les Discriminations (ARDIS) établie dans le cadre du "Domaine d’Intérêt Majeur" "Genre, Inégalités, Discriminations" de la Région Île-de-France



14h00-16h30   Un cadre juridique sous tension


Liberté d’expression et "discours de haine" en démocratie

   Charles Girard, Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3

Les normes internationales relatives au "discours de haine": quelle cohérence ?

   Gwénaële Calvès, Université de Cergy-Pontoise

Les dilemmes de la Cour européenne des droits de l’Homme face au "discours de haine"

   Nicolas Hervieu, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre-La Défense


16h30-16h45   Pause


16h45-18h30   Deux catégories polémiques : discours "islamophobe" et discours "homophobe"


The Cour de Cassation and Islamophobic Speech

   Erik Bleich, Middlebury College et Collegium de Lyon

A-t-on le droit d’être homophobe ?

   Louis-Georges Tin, Université d’Orléans, fondateur de la "Journée mondiale contre l’homophobie"


Responsables scientifiques : Gwénaële Calvès et Daniel Sabbagh

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


Crédit photo : Kurt Löwenstein Educational Center International Team



Incitation à la discrimination ou à la haine : perspectives croisées sur une répression problématique 17/11 For more information