Dr Tom Long has published a new article in Perspectives on Politics, a journal of the American Political Science Association. The article, "The Promise of Precommitment in Democracy and Human Rights: The Hopeful, Forgotten Failure of the Larreta Doctrine," draws on multinational archival research to contribute to ongoing debates over how to square the protection of human rights and democracy with sovereign protections against intervention in Latin America. The article is coauthored with the historian Max Paul Friedman of American University. Tom's underlying research was funded by the British Academy, British Council, Truman Library Institute, and Fulbright Commission.
The article can be accessed for free via PDF: The Promise of Precommitment in Democracy and Human Rights: The Hopeful, Forgotten Failure of the Larreta Doctrine.
Tom Long's new article, "Domestic contestation and presidential prerogative in Colombian foreign policy,” has just been published by the Bulletin of Latin American Research. The article is co-authored with Sebastian Bitar and Gabriel Jiménez Peña. The article pushes back against the dominant presidentialist focus in the study of Colombian foreign policy. Drawing on insights from recent foreign policy analysis literature and evidence from several cases (Plan Colombia, US military bases, free trade talks with China, and ICJ arbitration of a maritime border with Nicaragua), this article challenges commonplace presidentialist assumptions. A novel model of ‘contested presidentialism’ better captures how Colombian domestic actors mobilise to raise political costs to block or modify presidential preferences. Research for the piece started during Tom's British Council Researcher Links visit to Colombia and then was advanced during Sebastian's time at Warwick as an IAS Visiting Fellow. During the latter visit, an earlier version of the paper was presented at PAIS.
Macedonia may be a parliamentary democracy, but it’s also a fragile multicultural state. Its democracy has been in gradual decline since the mid-2000s – and in an era of unstable geopolitics and rising authoritarianism, the right sequence of events could send it slipping back into inter-ethnic strife.
The precarity of the country’s situation was made plain in April, when more than 200 protestors and loyalists to the Macedonian conservative-nationalist VMRO-DMPNE party stormed the parliament building in Skopje, and physically attacked lawmakers, who had earlier elected an ethnic Albanian politician, Talat Xhaferi, as speaker. The brawl left 77 people injured.
PAIS academic Gabriel Siles-Brügge gave evidence on 3 May to the Danish Parliament's European Affairs Committee during a hearing on the EU-Canada Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA). The Parliament is scheduled to vote on ratifying the agreement shortly, a process that will also take place in all other EU Member States.
In his presentation, Gabriel stressed that the macroeconomic effects in terms of jobs and growth of the agreement are likely to be more modest, while outlining his view that the provisions on investor protection and regulatory cooperation could be a potential source of regulatory chill, potentially inhibiting European regulators and legislators from taking actions in the public interest if this infringes on investor rights or imposes barriers to trade and investment flows.
Guest Speaker: Professor J P Singh - 'Sweet Talk: Paternalism and Collective Action in North-South Trade Relations'
Professor J. P. Singh will be presenting his work on 'Sweet Talk: Paternalism and Collective Action in North-South Trade Relations', on the 10th May from 16:30-18:00 in room A0.23 (Social Sciences).
J. P. Singh is Chair and Professor of Culture and Political Economy at the University of Edinburgh. In his new book, Sweet Talk, he reveals how the global North ultimately bars developing nations from flourishing in the world economy. His talk will offer a provocative rethinking of how far our international relations have come, and how far we still have to go.