Author: Pascal Lottaz

Pascal is an Associate Professor at Kyoto University where he researches Neutrality in International Relations.
Hegemony or Bust

Hegemony or Bust

Novelty has observers rummaging through their inventory of ideas and concepts to find one to fit the new experience. Its application is supposed to provide some rudimentary meaning about the new phenomenon. Many are content with doing just that – however freighted with inappropriate connotations that label might be, however ambiguous its denotation(s).

On Diplomatic Professionalism
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On Diplomatic Professionalism

In a world of shifting power balances, Americans can no longer compete internationally with wealth and weaponry alone.  We live in a world in which other nations no longer automatically defer to the United States.  Our national margin for error has demonstrably narrowed.  In several regions war has already replaced the Pax Americana.  It threatens to do the same in still others.  Our highly professional military remains peerless, but our diplomacy – our first line of defense – increasingly lacks traction.  Our country needs to get a lot better at diplomatic reasoning and the practice of diplomacy.  To match the professionalism of our competitors, we must professionalize our own diplomacy.  But what is diplomatic professionalism?

A Neutralized ‘Confederation of Korean States’

A Neutralized ‘Confederation of Korean States’

Neutralization is essentially based on international recognition and agreement, we must persuade the international community that neutralization of the Korean Peninsula is the most reasonable shortcut to establishing a peace regime in Northeast Asia and further presents an exemplary case of world peace. Here, today, in this endeavor, we would like to find the significance and goals of launching this organization, ‘International Association for Neutralization of Korea.’  

Addressing Geopolitical Power Imbalance and Victimization through Empathy, Compassion, and Information Theory

The following is a letter by an anonymous viewer of the neutrality studies youtube channel, published here for the purpose of an open discussion. To send your own letter, please contact the editor. Letters to the Editor do not reflect the opinions of neutralitystudies.com or its editors. All views are those expressed by the author….

Capitalism and War

The following is a Letter to the editor by Mrs. Verena Tobler, who wrote them in reaction to the video interview(s) of German parliamentarian Sevim Dagdelen. The english version has been machine translated. The german original follows below. English Version (1) First, let’s address the problem inherent to capitalism – simplified and focused only on…

Civil Society Group Requests Arrest Warrants For EU Leadership Over Gaza Genocide
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Civil Society Group Requests Arrest Warrants For EU Leadership Over Gaza Genocide

Press release by the Geneva International Peace Research Institute (GIPRI). On May 22, 2024, the Geneva International Peace Research Institute (GIPRI), the Collectif de Juristes pour le Respect des Engagements Internationaux de la France (CJRF) and a group of international concerned citizens, submitted a legal brief to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC)…

Eyeless on Gaza

Eyeless on Gaza

Denial of civil liberties, accompanied by punishment for anybody who exposes those violations, has become commonplace in contemporary America. Yet, nothing that the nation has experienced – and that the more discerning protest – prepared us for the grotesque spectacle on display in the brutal suppression of free speech on university campuses.

A New Functional Human Rights Paradigm

A New Functional Human Rights Paradigm

All rights derive from human dignity. Codification of human rights is never definitive and never exhaustive, but constitutes an evolutionary mode d’emploi for the exercise of civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights. Alas, the interpretation and application of human rights is hindered by wrong priorities, sterile positivism and a regrettable tendency to focus only on individual rights while forgetting collective rights.

The West VS The Rest

The West VS The Rest

Is the West launching an all-out war against the Global South, against BRICS—that is against “the other”? Are we in the first stages of a civilizational struggle initiated by the U.S.-led assemblage we call the “collective West”? That would have seemed an absurd idea until very recently. How can one reconcile such a dire proposition in the age of globalization, of inter-dependence? Where is the threat of a magnitude and immediacy that might stir that kind of thinking? Yet, there are remarkable developments on the world scene that suggest that dramatic alterations indeed are in the offing. Let us examine them; then interpolate what systemic meaning they might auger.

Neutrality, Neutralism, and Nonalignment in the Early Cold War
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Neutrality, Neutralism, and Nonalignment in the Early Cold War

The following pages will pull together different strains of the fragmented neutrality debate, attempting to structure the terminology and offer a narrative understanding of conceptual developments. That is not to claim neutrality was perceived at the time in a coherent manner or that there was an agreement about the way the different terms were used. The framing this chapter proposes should help to understand how neutrality was embedded in the early Cold War and how it related to its politics.