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Exchange magazine, published by International Business and Diplomatic Exchange features a new article on the economic benefits of greater human rights protection. Co-authored by Professor Todd Landman, Professor David Kernohan, and Dr Terence Huw Edwards, the article argues that the improvements in human rights protection in neighbouring states has an impact on human rights protection at home. The analysis draws on a popular ‘gravity model’ from economics and involves weighted values of performance based on the relative size and distance of countries from one another. For international business and diplomacy, the ideas put forward in the article should be of interest since they breakdown the false dichotomy between doctrinaire economics and international norms characteristic of the human rights regime. Good human rights performance and good business practice actually go together in a way that is not ‘frightening’ or at least it should not be to diplomats and external representatives of poorer or emerging states.
For the full text of the article, see the IBDE.
The new Human Security Report has been publishd by the Human Security Report Project (HSRP) at Simon Fraser University. The number of state-based armed conflicts have risen during the first ten years of the 21st Century, but the report is optimistic about long term trends, which suggest improvements. Non-state conflicts rose significantly in 2008 with a large proportion found in Sub-Saharan Africa. During the post Cold War period there has been a larger percentage of countries in the world involed in wars than at any time since the end of World War II.