By Gábor Halmai The recent deviations from the shared values of constitutionalism towards a kind of “populist, illiberal constitutionalism” in […]
Archive for ‘Comparative Law’
Catalonia’s Independence: Much Worse than Hard Brexit
By Professor Jose M. de Areilza, ESADE Law School, Barcelona The opinions expressed in this op-ed are those of the […]
Freedom of Movement: the Right to Leave Permanently and the Right to Leave Temporarily
By Lauren Gillespie Man is a migrant species. With modern technology, emigration has lost its permanency, and people ebb and flow […]
Will China Recognize Same-Sex Marriage? Take a Look at China’s One-Child Policy
By Howell Ma The legalization of gay marriage is being argued in China right now. It is has been discussed […]
Language Challenges in the South China Sea Dispute
By Huanxin Luo Due to the number of claimants and the complexity of claims, the South China Sea dispute is […]
Cultural Vandalism and the Islamic State: Rethinking Our Connection to the Past
By Jennifer Morris
Last spring, I showed the students in my introductory art history class a slide of a lamassu taken from the Citadel of Sargon II in the ancient Assyrian city of Dur Sharrukin (modern Khorsabad, Iraq). They looked bemused as I explained how these colossal man-headed bulls with wings, most of which date to the late eighth century BCE, served as gateway guardians and protective spirits of fortresses and palaces. Their expressions promptly shifted, however, as I showed them an image of a bearded man shrouded in a black tunic chipping off the face of a lamassu with a jackhammer. With gaping mouths and indignantly furrowed brows, they listened as I described how the photo was a still from an Islamic State propaganda video chronicling ISIS militants’ sacking of the museum in Mosul. A moment of silence followed, then somebody piped up: “Let’s nuke ‘em.”
Anti-Terrorism and Counter-Extremism in Bangladesh: From Policy to Grassroots Activism
By Atif A. Choudhury
Holey Artisan Bakery is the kind of place where expats cure homesickness by indulging in a range of epicurean delights, while locals (especially kids) grab themselves a treat before fasting hours began. On July 1, during the waning days of Ramadan, seven heavily armed terrorists decided it was a suitable venue to rob 24 innocent people of their lives and to shock a nation of 170 million in the process.
Security forces may have killed the suspected Canadian-Bangladeshi plotter of Bangladesh’s worst terrorist attack. Yet the tragic saga of violent extremism and political violence is likely to continue.
A Human Security Approach to Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea
By Dr. Ian M. Ralby
The Gulf of Guinea – the coastal portion of West and Central Africa – is one of the most dynamic regions of the world in terms of both maritime criminal activity, and proactive efforts to counter maritime crime. The waters of the Gulf are plagued by a wide array of challenging threats including piracy, armed robbery at sea, illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, trafficking of all sorts, dumping and other environmental crimes, and oil theft.