Tag: international relations


The micro-impact of microcredit

In discussions of international development, microcredit is viewed as a silver bullet. It ticks all the right boxes – microcredit keeps money in the communities, it empowers individuals to create their own income and become independent of handouts, and it places women at the forefront of the development agenda. The benefits of microcredit are often …


Sovereignty Defined

Despite frequent predictions of its demise, and criticisms of inherent inadequacies, sovereignty remains a fundamental feature of statehood and the preeminent organisational mechanism of the modern international system. Recent decades have seen a slew of national independence movements and former colonies striving for sovereign statehood, with almost two hundred sovereign states spanning the globe today. …