New Perspectives 1/2015

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New Perspectives:
Interdisciplinary Journal of Central & East European Politics and International Relations

I am delighted to present this first issue of New Perspectives here on our blog – our subscribers have access to the full contents of the journal, which are listed and linked to below. However, the editorial team – Tomáš Profant, Jan Daniel and myself – are also very happy to be able to offer open access to the Editorial, to Johan van der Walt’s article on the work of Giorgio Agamben and the Literary Exception and to Ulrich Kühn’s Intervention piece, which urges NATO to go back to the future and adopt a new strategy based on the Harmel plan from the 1960s.

We look forward to your engagement with this issue of our journal and to your submissions for future issues.

And so I address you, to provoke constellations.

Benjamin Tallis


1. Editorial: To Provoke Constellations

Benjamin Tallis

Research articles

2. The Literary Exception: Reflections on Agamben’s “Liberal Democratic” Political Theology and the Religious Destabilisation of the Political in our Time

Johan van der Walt 

3. “Germany”, Asset Class Contagion, and Contagious Stability

Sascha Engel

4. Czech Public Opinion on Turkey’s Accession to the EU: An Analysis through the Lenses of Sociological and Discursive Institutionalism

Pelin Ayan Musil

5. Party Politics Triumph over Substantive Scrutiny and Principled Policy: Examining Czech MPs’ Voting Behaviour in Regard to EU Affairs

Martin Kuta


6. Deter and Engage: Making the Case for Harmel 2.0 as NATO’s New Strategy

Ulrich Kühn


7. Responses to ‘Russia and the World, 2015 – IMEMO Forecast

Editors Note, Benjamin Tallis