Issue 14:2

Kenneth Brendan Houston

Pseudo Neutrality in Intra-State Conflict: Myanmar’s Official Discourse on Rakhine

Although the most recent manifestation of conflict in Rakhine can be traced to the coordinated attack on Myanmar security forces in August 2017 by Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (hereafter ARSA), it goes without saying that the problem has a longer history. For this paper a corpus of official Myanmar government sources was examined qualitatively using the critical discourse analysis (CDA) method. Within the official pronouncements of the Myanmar state since August 2017 we can discern the…

Issue 14:2

Jan Slavíček

S. P. Huntington’s Civilizations Twenty-Five Years On

The study is based on the concept of Huntington's civilizations. They were used as a methodological basis for an analysis of the changes in their geopolitical power between 1995–2020 with the following conclusions: 1) The large population growth of 1995-2020 has been driven primarily by African, Islamic and Hindu civilizations, 2) Economically, the unquestionable superiority of Western civilization has remained, although its share has declined. A large economic growth has been mainly seen in…

Issue 14:2

Radka Havlová

Sino-Qatari Relations after the ‘Qatar Blockade’ in the Context of the Regional Implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative

The article examines the development of the relations between China and Qatar since the ‘Qatar blockade’ in June 2017. Both Qatar and China view themselves as strategic partners and their relations are developing on the diplomatic and political level as well as in the field of economy and finances regardless of the ‘Qatar blockade’ and Qatar’s subsequent regional isolation. The article explains that since the introduction of the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in 2013, the mutual…

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Caroline Paskarina, Rina Hermawati, Nuraeni

Divided by Hashtags, Unrepresented Citizenship: Findings from 2019 Indonesia Electoral Discourse in Twitter

The 2019 Presidential Election has its own uniqueness compared to the previous presidential ones because the dynamics began with the emergence of #2019GantiPresiden, which means that the year of 2019 is the time to elect a new president. This hashtag appeared even before the stages of the 2019 presidential election officially began. Afterwards, various hashtags appeared alternately as markers of issues that developed during the presidential election. This article uses Twitter analysis during…

Issue 14:2

Diah Fatma Sjoraida

Development of Political Communication through Social Media

This study explains how the process of political communication that is still conventionally transformed through social media. A descriptive qualitative research method is followed. The results of this study show that the use of social media by politicians in the practice of political communication has a significant impact on people's political behaviour. The development of communication technology has penetrated the lives of humanity. One form of development of communication technology is new…

Issue 14:2

Adityo Darmawan Sudagung, Maya Bofa, Feliani

Desecuritisation of Brunei’s Sharia Penal Code on the Punishment towards LGBTIO

This paper aims to explain policy changes of Brunei’s Sharia Penal Code (SPC) regarding punishment towards the LGBTIQ community. The SPC was quietly announced in December 2018, which initially would have been implemented in April 2019. However, in May 2019, the Sultan announced that his government would not implement the SPC. The policy changes of Bolkiah will be analyse d by a qualitative method with rational choice and Securitisation theory. Data will be collected through secondary data from…

Issue 14:2

Indra Prawira, Rahmat Edi Irawan

Competition for Public Influencer in the New Democratic Era: Online News Media Strategy in Monopolising Political Communication

The media or press is losing its monopoly over the dissemination of information between the public and political actors as communication becomes more personal (Chaffee and Metzger, 2001). Therefore, it could be assumed that the mainstream media is less influential in constructing public opinion, especially in determining public agendas through the news. This phenomenon invites debate about whether the media will continue to decline due to the loss of its function mass communication (Chaffee and…

Valentine M. Moghadam: Globalization and Social Movements: Islamism, Feminism, and the Global Justice Movement

Book Review

Alina Shymanska

Valentine M. Moghadam: Globalization and Social Movements: Islamism, Feminism, and the Global Justice Movement

Despite this book not being a recent publication, the various issues that it brings to the table are still relevant topics for debates within academia. Globalization and Social Movements: Islamism, Feminism, and the Global Justice Movement by Valentine M. Moghadam examines three cases of three transnational social movements emerging as a response to liberalism and the globalization-from-above, which is defined by the author as ‘the latest stage of capitalism on a world scale’ (p.27).…

Peter Gill, Mark Phythian: Intelligence in an Insecure World

Book Review

Nikolozi Abzhandadze

Peter Gill, Mark Phythian: Intelligence in an Insecure World

In a world which is increasingly becoming more reliant on technology and interconnectedness, we must ask ourselves, what dangers may this rapid advancement in technology and communications could potentially pose? With these advancements comes further growth of intelligence agencies and their powers but we do not hear much about them, or even have any dedicated information on how they operate and what their true purpose is. Are intelligence agencies a ‘be or and end all’ organization? Do they…

Anders Corr: Great Powers, Grand Strategies: The New Game in the South China Sea

Book Review

Imane Hmiddou

Anders Corr: Great Powers, Grand Strategies: The New Game in the South China Sea

China is accused of not respecting International Law by illegally taking islands in the South China Sea. This implies that the country profits from all the goods in the area and consequently, neighbour states are directly affected by this act. PRC is legitimizing its acts by historical narratives which are not accepted by neither the neighbouring countries nor the international community. The international reactions toward China’s acts in South China Sea are following the diverse strategies…

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