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Unveiling the Ties between US Imperialism and Al Qaida

This article defines notions of imperialism and terrorism and proceeds to offer an account of US-led imperialism in many parts of the developing world. It contends that in the process of combating Soviet military presence in Afghanistan, the US landed up giving support to radical Islamic groupings and eventually caused the emergence of Al Qaida. It brings out how the US is increasingly getting involved in the politics of west and central Asia by redefining its relationship with the Muslim world.

European Union and India:A Critical Perspective

The European Union has 25 member nations and a single market of 460 million people while India is a major power in south Asia. Bilateral trade and development cooperation between the two have grown appreciably but only peace and greater regional cooperation in south Asia can take this relationship to its full potential.

Culture, Identity and International Relations

This article explores the interrelationship between culture, identity and international relations. After critiquing some significant writings on this theme in the post-cold war context, it analyses liberal and Marxian modes of analysing hegemony in contemporary international relations. It sheds light on the impact of macro-social identities such as race and the nation state in shaping the landscapes of international relations. The area of culture and international relations still appears nascent in scholarly writings. This critical gap in the literature can be eventually overcome if scholars of international relations studies creatively interact with scholars from other social sciences where more sustained and systematic efforts have already been made to understand culture and the role of social identities.

Changing Profile of Imperialism in Global Political Order/Disorder

This paper reflects on the changing profile of imperialism in the post-cold war world. It begins by underscoring the significance of a triangular relationship between capitalism, globalisation and imperialism. Then it proceeds to explore and analyse the relationship between hegemony and imperialism. Finally, while illustrating the modus operandi of imperialism, it sheds light on the politics of imperialism in select African states that are endowed with rich oil reserves. It also contends that the notion of political order cannot be perceived in a static sense because order for some set of countries can imply disorder for others.

Under Globalisation

The Retreat To Unfreedom: Essays On The Emerging World Order by Prabhat Patnaik; Tulika Books, New Delhi, 2003; pp xiv+302, Rs 525. RAJEN HARSHE the second world war. For instance, national liberation struggle in Algeria and existence of vibrant communist movements in Indonesia, Sudan and even Iran offered abundant testimony to the same. I think there is enough evidence to suggest that the American/western media, over the past decade, has overemphasised the connection between Islam, fundamentalism and The book under review is a collection of essays on some of the diverse and contemporary themes that have been preoccupying scholars from radical as well as liberal persuasions. All these have been grouped under four broad themes including political economy of globalisation, political economy of India, Indian economy and towards socialism.

Cross-Border Terrorism

The cross-border terrorism sponsored by Pakistan has to be situated in the broader context of the burgeoning terrorism that has plagued contemporary Pakistan. The links between top army personnel, bureaucrats and political leaders, on the one hand, and terrorists and drug barons, on the other, have acquired a measure of legitimacy under the banner of Islam and jihad. The transnational links of terrorist outfits also necessitate international coalitions to weed out terrorism. Nevertheless the India-Pakistan peace initiatives that are currently under way represent a positive development because they can make an incremental contribution to ending cross-border terrorism.

Re-Envisioning the State

Space, Territory and the State: New Readings in International Politics edited by Ranabir Samaddar; Orient Longman, New Delhi, 2002; pp 263, Rs 45

Nationalisms in Conflict

between the forces of civic and cultural Nationalisms in Conflict Competing Nationalisms in South Asia edited by Paul R Brass and Achin Vanaik; Orient Longman, New Delhi, 2002;

Identity Politics and Crisis of Social Sciences

Identity politics has undermined institutional concerns to provide sound scholarship and good pedagogy. Further, it has encouraged a culture of intolerance in academic discourses.

Politics of Giant Oil Firms

The interactions between transnational oil firms, US-led western states and oil rich states in Nigeria, Chad and Angola have certainly facilitated the exploration and extraction of oil as well as the growth of oil revenues. But these revenues have either been deployed to strengthen security-related apparatuses in the context of civil wars or they have been siphoned off by corrupt ruling cliques. A combination of civil wars and bad governance has had extremely negative consequences for human rights in all these countries.

Recasting Indo-African Development Cooperation

A dominant regional power like India should be playing a more proactive role in wooing other developing countries, especially in Africa through networks of development cooperation. In recasting its ties with Africa, India needs to be sensitive to ground realities in African nations many of which are transitioning towards democratic forms of governance and actively taking on the challenge of development. Such a network of ties will also contribute to the building of effective coalitions in international fora.

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