What price Democracy? The hidden forces behind the Honduran coup

In June last year, Manuel Zelaya, the democratically elected President of Honduras, was kidnapped in a military coup, and flown to Costa Rica. Honduras has long been an ally of the US, which is its chief trading partner, and maintains a military base in the country. However, during his presidency, Zelaya had moved sharply to the left, and there was a strong perception that he was becoming allied to the radical forces in Latin America. Following the coup, in complete contradiction to its avowed defence of democracy, the US took very timid and insubstantial steps against his abductors, and the future remains uncertain. Francisco Dominguez is the Head of the Centre for Brazilian and Latin American Studies at Middlesex University, and has broadcast and published extensively on issues within the region. He will discuss the current situation within Honduras, and its implications for the global political order.

Inequality and its Social Impact

book_spiritlevelThere is compelling new evidence that large income inequalities within societies damage the social fabric and quality of life for everyone, and that inequality has an enormous impact on health. This raises fundamental questions about social and economic policies pursued by governments around the world.
Richard Wilkinson is a leading epidemiologist and his recent book ‘The Spirit Level’ has received widespread acclaim . He is on the steering group of the Equality Trust, an Emeritus Professor at Nottingham University and an Honorary Professor at University College. He will talk about the evidence on the impact of inequality and the implications for social and economic policy makers.

Bosnia-Hercegovina – the crumbling Balkan keystone

Bosnia-Hercegovina is a state that was designed not to function. The Constitutional order established by the Dayton Accord of 1995 has proved unworkable; it leaves Bosnia neither truly unified nor fully partitioned. As in recent years international interest in, and support for Bosnia-Hercegovina has waned, so Bosnian Serb secessionism and Muslim discontent have increased. The stage is set for a new Bosnian crisis whose outcome will determine the future of the Balkans. Marko Attila Hoare is Reader at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Kingston University, specialising in the history of the former Yugoslavia. He has published three books so far: The History of Bosnia(Saqi, London, 2007);Genocide and Resistance in Hitler’s Bosnia (Oxford University Press, London 2006); and How Bosnia Armed (Saqi, London, 2004).