von RAPHAEL OIDTMANN Academic debates on the sometimes-delicate relationship between international law and international relations follow certain narrative patterns. Accordingly, whenever there seems to be some fragile appreciation amongst the academy to strive for closer collaboration and cooperation, this shallow consensus is almost immediately challenged by virtue of re-emphasized isolationist…
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von MAXIMILIAN OEHL The term hypernormalization was initially used by Berkeley anthropologist Alexei Yurchak to describe how the population in the 1980s Soviet Union – despite the apparent malfunctioning of the political and societal system – maintained a pretense of its functioning. Thus hypernormalizing the status quo means accepting an…
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von MARKUS MAYR The planned Geneva conference will attempt to end the Syrian conflict with a political agreement. Such an agreement has to define a transitional order that accommodates the different groups’ interests. Meanwhile, serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law by government forces and the armed opposition…
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