The concept of power is one of the most popular and elusive concepts in the academic discipline of international relations. To many, power is the ability of one actor to influence the behavior, interests and identity of other actors in the image of its own priorities, preferences and values. Put differently, power is the ability of one actor to get what it wants from others. The crux of the issue here is to define from where this ability comes and whether one can measure it. This suggests that power has both residual and relational aspects. Power is residual because being powerful requires a particular state to possess some capabilities, of both tangible and intangible sorts, and the will to use them in order to have an impact on others. Without those capabilities in the first instance and the will in the background, it is nearly impossible to influence others. Tangible sources are those that can be quantified, measured, observed and categorized. Such sources are military capability, … [Read more...] about Debating power in the 21st century
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ONE OF Elizabeth Warren’s most formative political tangles, which prompted her transition from law professor at Harvard to senator from Massachusetts, occurred in 2005 over a bankruptcy-reform bill. Ms Warren was concerned about the repercussions for middle-class Americans, especially women, who would have a harder time filing for bankruptcy as a result of the bill. A particular target of her ire was Joe Biden, then a senator from Delaware and one of the bill’s strongest backers. “Senators like Joe Biden should not be allowed to sell out women in the morning and be heralded as their friend in the evening,” she wrote at the time. To this day the two are seen as ideological foes. Ms Warren appeals to a fire-breathing leftish section of the party, while Mr Biden has made a concerted effort to court moderate Democratic voters. Yet both contenders for the Democratic nomination released ambitious, detailed environmental plans within hours of one another on June 4th. … [Read more...] about Climate change will be a big issue in the Democratic contest
Meanwhile, others expressed surprise and concern at the message of ‘climate hysteria’ peddled by populist parties, as well as what the election might mean for Finland’s future in the EU. Political pundits have also concluded that the election is indicative of the slow death of so-called ‘centrist’ politics that we’re seeing across western democracies, with major gains being made by parties on opposite ends of the political spectrum. Finland’s election is a sign of things to come for the EU Deutsche Welle At first glance, it would seem social democrats — who are struggling across Europe — should be pleased that one of their parties has finally won an election. The Social Democratic Party of Finland (SPD) will indeed be the strongest party in the country's new parliament, but with just under 18 percent of the vote, they will only get 40 of the 200 seats. That means they are far from having a majority. They … [Read more...] about A warning to the EU, ‘climate hysteria’, and the death of centrism – Finland in the World Press
Last week I was at a brilliant and shocking international conference in London called Invisible Victims: Persecuted Believers And Western Governments. Much of the discussion was about the persecution of Christians - a deeply unfashionable issue in the UK. We're having outrage and protests in London against the Dorchester Hotel because it's owned by the Sultan of Brunei who has just introduced Sharia Law, but the issue is the legalisation of death by stoning for homosexuals. We should all oppose such barbarity, but it's depressing how rarely we see people getting so worked up in public about what is happening to religious minorities all over the world, particularly Christians. In the UK, in liberal circles, Christianity now seems to have been damned because it is the state religion and therefore something to be ashamed of. So it was no surprise that this conference was sponsored by two conservative organisations, the Budapest-based Danube Institute and London's New Culture Forum, both … [Read more...] about Ruth Dudley Edwards: Why are we so indifferent to attempts all over the world to wipe out Christianity?
0 Have your say Scotland has adopted world-leading statutory targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions and is also working to ensure no-one is left behind as it moves towards carbon neutrality, writes Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham. With all the ongoing Brexit chaos and uncertainty, you’d be forgiven for thinking politicians have forgotten there are other issues that demand our attention.On my part, that couldn’t be further from the truth. There is no more urgent issue, in my mind, than climate change.The threat has never been more real or immediate. The recent devastating flooding in Malawi and the carnage caused by Cyclone Idai are painful examples of what is at stake for communities around the world. All too often, it is those who have done the least to contribute to climate change who are hit hardest by it.We have provided £225,000 to support emergency flood relief in Malawi as well as £100,000 to the Disasters Emergency … [Read more...] about How Scotland is leading the world in fight against climate change – Roseanna Cunnginham