The United Nations: Managing and Re-shaping a New World Order (2020)

Amitav Acharaya & Dan Plesch Global Governance, 26 (2). pp. 221-235 OpenAccess version here. …One should not wait for these challenges to imperil the world to the point of no return before reviving it and strengthening it in the face of the current attack from populists and “patriots” (to use Trump’s words). At the sameContinue reading “The United Nations: Managing and Re-shaping a New World Order (2020)”

1945’s Lesson: ‘Good-Enough’ Global Governance Ain’t Good Enough (2015)

Dan Plesch & Tom Weiss Global Governance, 21 (2). pp. 197-204. OpenAccess version here. The 70th anniversary of the signing and entry into force of the UN Charter should call attention to the historical underpinnings of contemporary global governance. Today’s fashion of “good-enough” global governance abandons the strategy of constructing robust intergovernmental organizations; and it is not good enough, especiallyContinue reading “1945’s Lesson: ‘Good-Enough’ Global Governance Ain’t Good Enough (2015)”

How in Myanmar “National Races” Came to Surpass Citizenship and Exclude Rohingya (2017)

Nick Cheesman Journal of Contemporary Asia 47, no. 3 Link behind a paywall here. The idea of “national races” or taingyintha has animated brutal conflict in Myanmar over who or what is “Rohingya.” But because the term is translated from Burmese inconsistently, and because its usage is contingent, its peculiar significance for political speech and action hasContinue reading “How in Myanmar “National Races” Came to Surpass Citizenship and Exclude Rohingya (2017)”

‘Cape Town Knows, but She Forgets’: Segregation and the Making of a Housing Crisis during the First Half of the 20th Century (2018)

Wayne Dooling Journal of Southern African Studies, 44 (6). pp. 1057-1076. OpenAccess version here. The city of Cape Town experienced a severe housing crisis during the first half of the 20th century, the immediate origins of which were to be found in demographic growth fuelled by natural increase as well as inward migration. The deeperContinue reading “‘Cape Town Knows, but She Forgets’: Segregation and the Making of a Housing Crisis during the First Half of the 20th Century (2018)”

Housing, planning and urban health: Historical and current perspectives from South Africa (2020)

Job Gbadegesin, Michael Pienaar, Lochner Marais Bulletin of Geography. Socio-economic Series | Volume 48: Issue 48 OpenAccess article here. Globally, policymakers often describe informal settlements and slums in terms of health problems. In this paper we trace the way housing and planning have been linked to health concerns in the history of South Africa and we assessContinue reading “Housing, planning and urban health: Historical and current perspectives from South Africa (2020)”

A Century of South African Housing Acts 1920–2020 (2020)

Alan Mabin Urban Forum volume 31, pages453–472 OpenAccess Article available here. A century ago, South Africa’s first national scheme for financing public housing passed into law. The Housing Act, number 35 of 1920, created a fund administered by a Central Housing Board, from which municipalities could borrow to support construction of houses at a lower interest rate thanContinue reading “A Century of South African Housing Acts 1920–2020 (2020)”

Learning from the History of British Interventions in the Middle East (2018)

Louise Kettle Interrogates whether the British government has learned anything from its interventions in the Middle East, from the 1950s to 2016 Learning from history helps states to create foreign and security policy that builds upon successes and avoids past mistakes. Drawing on a wealth of previously unseen documents, sourced by Freedom of Information requests,Continue reading “Learning from the History of British Interventions in the Middle East (2018)”

Does the British Government Learn from the History of Military Interventions? (2019)

Naomi Farmer In 2003, shortly after the the Iraq War began, British PM Tony Blair delivered a speech to the US Congress. In this speech, he announced that the use of history in developing foreign policy was defunct. For him, at the beginning of what would become the most controversial and criticised war of aContinue reading “Does the British Government Learn from the History of Military Interventions? (2019)”

Campaigning for change: lessons from history (2015)

OpenAccess can be downloaded on this page. Historians and campaigners explore the history of campaigning – and what lessons may be drawn for fighting modern-day causes. Whatever your political viewpoint you probably think that there is much in the world that needs changing. Campaigning for change is a necessary activity – although one which isContinue reading “Campaigning for change: lessons from history (2015)”