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The top ten geopolitical events of the last decade

from Ideas on Europe by European Geostrategy

By James Rogers and Luis Simón

Last year, we made ten geopolitical predictions, which we thought would occur over the next decade. This year, we look back on what we believe are the ten most important events of the previous ten years, whose significance is such that they will shape profoundly the rest of the twenty-first century:

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9. Turkey repositions itself in the Middle East

The victory of the Justice and Development Party in Turkey in 2002 accelerated Ankara?s shift away from a near-exclusive focus on the European Union and the Atlantic Alliance. The country has an increasingly multi-vector approach to foreign policy, looking east and south as well as west. With seventy-eight million people and a rapidly growing population, the last decade saw Turkey put in place the foundations on which to build up its power in the Middle East.

and a roundup:

Dashed Hopes: Continuation of the Gaza Blockade

from Docuticker
Dashed Hopes:Continuation of the Gaza Blockade ? (PDF) Source:  Amnesty International Renewed international action to ensure an immediate, sustained and unconditional lifting of the blockade in line with international law is necessary. That includes allowing the movement of people into and out of Gaza, ending the ban on exports, allowing entry […]

The book reviews of 2010

from Somatosphere by Eugene Raikhel

Book Review: The Structuralist

from Continental Philosophy by Farhang Erfani

In Claude Lévi-Strauss: The Poet in the Laboratory , Patrick Wilcken has written the biography not just of a man, but of an intoxicating intellectual moment. This was the moment of structuralism, a new way of thinking about human culture that emerged in France in the 1950s and enjoyed a worldwide vogue. The literary critic Roland Barthes, the cultural historian Michel Foucault, the psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan?all were structuralists of one sort or another, and all declared their indebtedness to Claude Lévi-Strauss, the founder of ?structural anthropology.?

The Whole Elephant: librarians arguing about transliteracy

from Transliteracy Research Group by Sue Thomas

This year conversation about transliteracy has really taken off amongst North American librarians. Bobbi Newman’s work  initiated a lot of interest resulting in a great collaborative blog Libraries and Transliteracy and gave rise to many other blog posts and discussions which come through to me almost every day via Google Alerts. Recently Google brought me a discussion on David Rothman’s post  Commensurable Nonsense (Transliteracy) which starts “It is entirely possible that I?m just dense, but everything I?ve read recently about libraries and ?transliteracy? seems like nonsense to me.” That post has set off a long argument which seems to involve just about every US-library-related name I’ve come across in the last year, and it continues in the comments to a follow-up post.

Hague Domestic Violence Project Final Report

from Docuticker
Multiple Perspectives on Battered Mothers and their Children Fleeing to the United States for Safety: A Study of Hague Convention Cases (PDF) Source:  National Institute of Justice (via National Criminal Justice Reference Service) Mothers who flee with their children because of domestic violence may have few other options to ensure their […]

United Nations World Youth Report 2010

from Docuticker
United Nations World Youth Report 2010 Source: United Nations The 2010 World Youth Report focus on youth and climate change, and is intended to highlight the important role young people play in addressing climate change, and to offer suggestions on how young people might be more effectively integrated as individuals and collective […]

World Migration Report 2010

from Docuticker
World Migration Report 2010 (PDF) Source:  United Nations (International Organization for Migration) From press release : In a world where demographics, economic needs and the effects of climate change were set to spur rising numbers of migrants, Governments and intergovernmental organizations needed to invest adequate financial and human resources to […]

How Will Students Communicate?

College technologists and e-mail providers say that, in the campus context, reports of the death of e-mail have been greatly exaggerated. more

‘Academic Freedom in the Post-9/11 Era’

New book collects a range of essays looking at how 9/11 has affected academic freedom. more

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