Resource Curse, Politics of Anger and Countering the Expansion of ISIL in Libya

by Alfio Cerami  REV: 11/01/2018 In the Spring of 2011, Libya faced a series of unprecedented revolts, followed by NATO intervention and, subsequent, dismissal of Muammar al-Gaddafi. The resulting civil war, which lasts up to present days, is forcing politicians, policy-makers, scholars and international observers to reflect upon the existing institutional set-up of the economy, …

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The Resource Guide on International Trade

by Alfio Cerami REV: 09/12/2017 You can do research and make money following these 10+ sites: #1 World Trade Organization (WTO) Area: International Trade About: The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the …

European Banking Union as a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

The establishment of the European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) has represented one of the most important steps in the process of European integration. In an article published in Politics & Policy, I have argued that the EMU has not simply been the product of historical legacies, the rational choices of actors, or social construction of …

Ageing Population and the Politics of Mortality in North Korea

by Alfio Cerami  REV. 05/12/2017 This blog post discusses ageing and the politics of mortality in North Korea. It emphasizes the importance of historical legacies, the presence of important veto points (e.g. military and party nomenklatura), the role of the industrial-military complex, as well as country-specific patterns of political authoritarianism in shaping the survival of …

North Korea’s Communist Social Structure

by Alfio Cerami Rev. 05/12/2017 The standard view on communist social stratification describes state-socialism as the most successful attempt to create a classless society. Did things really go in this way? Did state-socialism achieve its main objective to create a non-antagonist society, gradually withering differences away? This was, in reality, a myth as communist systems …