Publications

Terrorism, Religion and State Policy in Central Asia

The countries of Central Asia have not been immune to the global forces that have been stimulating religiously inspired violence, as some of its citizens participate in international jihadist groups while others have committed...

Collective Rights as a Potential Source for Peace, Harmony, and Well-Being in the Global Community

  Executive Summary   This article reconceptualises collective rights through five social constructionist lenses (see for example, Searle, 1995; Hacking, 1999; Gergen, 2009), including a shift from an individualistic to a relational conception of the person, the...

Terrorism as a Global Phenomenon

Terrorism can be compared to AIDS. In both instances, the major goal in the study of each consists in delivering humankind from one of the most malevolent global hazards of our time. While AIDS (acquired...
Campaigners outside the UK treasury highlight the destructive impact of tax havens. (Credit: Enough Food IF/Flickr)

Wealth mobility: Implications for inequality

In recent decades, economic globalisation has led to an increased mobility of financial assets and wealthy individuals across national boundaries. At the same time, income and wealth have concentrated at the top, particularly in the...
History, migration, and a mix of traditions: Tajiks drink vodka at a wedding celebration. (Credit: Evgeni Zotov/Flickr)

Religious institutions and Tajik migrant integration in Russia

Debating the role of religion in the process of migrant integration is increasingly important. This is unsurprising in light of the refugee crisis in Europe and the ongoing struggle against religious extremism worldwide. In the...
From domination to dialogue. (Credit: Rawpixel.com/Bigstock)

The quest for change: From domination to dialogue

Executive Summary            This paper explores the distinction between domination and dialogue. It analyses dialogical philosophy, mainly in the works of Mikhail Bakhtin and some other contemporary authors, grounding the universal character of dialogue as...
Thousands of people demonstrate in Madrid to protect public pensions; February 2017. (Credit: Adolfo Lujan/Flickr)

Pensions: Risking the twentieth century’s biggest social gain

The global financial crisis and its aftermath in the past decade have resulted in inadequate retirement coverage for many. Privatised, savings-based, or ‘funded’ pension schemes, which had become popular in the previous three decades,...
What will the energy systems of the future look like? (Credit: TebNad/Bigstock)

Global energy security as an ontological system

Executive Summary The study of global energy security in the context of socio-philosophical problems is necessary because global energy security has already been transformed from a purely technical and economic system, into a socio-forming and...
Inequality in Qingdao, China. (Credit: Gauthier DELECROIX - 郭天/Flickr)

Inequality in a non-capitalist economy

It is well-known that the reduction of the role of the market and increase of that of the state (for example, in labour relations, medical care, education, transfer payments) can reduce inequality in capitalist countries. It...
Under siege: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (Credit: United Nations Photo/Flickr)

Demonstrations in Iran

Over the new year period, the world’s attention was drawn to events in Iran, where a series of protests provoked analysis and outrage in equal measure. Protests over Iran’s economic problems began in the Shia...