This collective monograph is a study of one of the most important problems in today’s world: state and nation building in multi-ethnic and multi-national societies. It presents a comparative analysis of the experience of state and nation building in Russia and South Africa, two countries, which recently and practically simultaneously went through a period of abrupt social, political and economic transition. In both this transition resulted in an upsurge of ethno-national and racial tensions. Such an analysis is of great interest to all those who study similar problems both at an academic and practical levels.
The development and use of Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has been a contentios subject for the last three decades. while there has been a number of social science analysis of the issues, this is the first book to assess the role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the debate at such wide geographic scale. The various posiotions, for and against GMOs, particularly with regards to trangenic crops, articulated by NGOs in the debate are dissected, classified and juxtaposed to corresponding campaigns. these are discussed in the context of paradigms, including nature fundamentalism and the organic movement, post-colonialism, food sovereignty, anti-globalism, sustainability and feminism. This book also analyses how NGOs interprete the debate and the persuasive communication tactics.
Публикация представляет собой итог работы исследовательской группы магистров и аспирантов по проблемам религиозной политики Европарламента и интеграции Европейского Союза. Работа выполнена по заказу Европейского Парламента.
Публикация посвящена глобальной проблеме 21 веке - необходимости деуглеродизации экономики для предотвращения роста температуры на 2 градуса Цельсия и более. Представлены результаты масштабных исследований в 16 крупнейших стран мира о возможностях низкоуглеродного развития, включая Россию, Китай, Индию, США, Японию, Францию, Германию, Индонезию и другие страны.
Публикация представляет результаты исследования, проведенного в 16 крупнейших странах мира, по одной из ключевых проблем 21 столетие - деуглеродизации экономики, снижения выбросов парниковых газов для предотвращения роста температуры на 2 градуса Цельсия и выше.
This small book is a result of the joint Project “Policy Impact of Civil Society in BRICS countries” by Public Policy Department of National Research University Higher School of Economics and “Interlegal” International Foundation, supported by International Organization OXFAM as a part of the EU funded academic research, namely “Empowering CSO Networks in an unequal Multi- polar world”. The successful completion of the project was made possible through collaboration of the “Interlegal” Foundation with BRICS experts and various NGO networks - both in Russian Federation and International ones - analyzing at the ground level the civil society activities in the BRICS countries. The book explores the effectiveness and impact of the civil societies in these fi ve countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – in its infl uence on the state policy evaluation and implementation. Capacity of civil society of designing policy agendas in different fi elds of governance is also been assessed.
This book shall be interesting and be of educational value to both researchers and practitioners of civil society, looking to learn from comparative analysis of different practices of citizen self-organization, and to a broader research community, interested in comparison of the BRICS countries and their societies.
As the EU’s relations with Russia remain at an all-time low and continue to be in a state of paralysis, marked by de-institutionalisation, inertia and estrangement, the EU’s policy towards Russia seems up for review. By taking stock of the implementation of the EU’s Global Strategy and the five principles that are guiding EU-Russia relations, this volume provides a forward-looking angle and contributes to a better understanding of the current EU-Russia relationship and the prospects for overcoming the existing deadlock. By bringing together European and Russian scholars and adopting an interdisciplinary perspective that combines insights from EU studies, international relations, and European and international law, the book provides a comprehensive and holistic view on the state of affairs in EU-Russia relations.
Сборник велючает научные статьи, посвященные исследованию инновационной активности и предпринимательства в странах мира и регионах
The Asia-Pacific region is of growing importance for both the United States and Russia, each of which seeks to “pivot” or “rebalance” its global commitments toward Asia. Yet the focus of U.S.-Russia relations remains on Europe and the former Soviet Union, and neither country has paid sufficient attention to the implications of their respective Asian pivots for the bilateral relationship. Since U.S.-Russia relations in Asia and the Pacific remain underdeveloped, the region holds the potential to act as a sort of laboratory for trying out new mechanisms for bilateral and multilateral cooperation.
Both countries are turning to Asia primarily to benefit from Asia’s economic dynamism. At the same time, they recognize that Asia’s growth is imperiled by a range of traditional and nontraditional security threats, from the nuclear-tipped standoff on the Korean Peninsula to territorial disputes in the East China Sea and South China Sea to terrorism, climate change, migration, and other transnational challenges. Among the most important drivers of change in Asia is the continued rise of China, which is in different ways a critical partner for both Washington and Moscow.
Because Asia’s economic and security landscape remains in flux and the legacies of mistrust hanging over U.S.-Russia relations in Europe are less pronounced, Moscow and Washington have an opportunity to build more effective forms of cooperation from the ground up. This will require efforts from both sides. The United States must reconcile cooperation with Russia with its existing commitments, including long-standing alliance relationships and growing security cooperation with several states in the region. Russia’s challenge lies mainly in convincing states and regional institutions that it is an important player in the region—which in turn requires it to more fully integrate Siberia and the Russian Far East into Asia’s regional economy—and more than a regional satellite of China.
This book examines the waves of protest that broke out in the 2010s as the collective actions of self-organized publics. Drawing on theories of publics/counter-publics and developing an analytical framework that allows the comparison of different country cases, this volume explores the transformation from spontaneous demonstrations, driven by civic outrage against injustice to more institutionalized forms of protest. Presenting comparative research and case studies on e.g. the Portuguese Generation in Trouble, the Arab Spring in Northern Africa, or Occupy Wall Street in the USA, the authors explore how protest publics emerge and evolve in very different ways – from creating many small citizen groups focused on particular projects to more articulated political agendas for both state and society. These protest publics have provoked and legitimized concrete socio-political changes, altering the balance of power in specific political spaces, and in some cases generating profound moments of instability that can lead both to revolutions and to peaceful transformations of political institutions.
The authors argue that this recent wave of protests is driven by a new type of social actor: self-organized publics. In some cases these protest publics can lead to democratic reform and redistributive policies, while in others they can produce destabilization, ethnic and nationalist populism, and authoritarianism. This book will help readers to better understand how seemingly spontaneous public events and protests evolve into meaningful, well-structured collective action and come to shape political processes in diverse regions of the globe.