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Marco Mezzera

Marco Mezzera  is a senior advisor at NOREF with responsibility for the Asia and Mediation programmes. He has 15 years of policy research experience in conflict and development, globalisation, and governance and democratisation issues, focusing on Asia. In the past, he spent five years in South-east Asia working as a research associate for a Bangkok-based policy research organisation. He holds an MSc in development studies and has co-authored four books and written several articles and policy reports.

Research areas:  Asia , Global trends

Publications

Engaged societies, responsive states: The Social Contract in situations of conflict and fragility
Social Contract_Pulpolux (CC BY-NC 2.0) Marco Mezzera , David Sogge , Sarah Lister 27 April 2016
The social contract is the process by which everyone in a political community, either explicitly or tacitly, consents to state authority, thereby limiting some of her or his freedoms, in exchange for the state’s protection of their universal human rights and security and for the adequate provision of public goods and services. more  
Arrested democracy: why Thailand needs a new social contract
https://www.flickr.com/photos/11401580@N03/14327369521/in/photolist-nAjFnm-nAfSgL-nvCFZm-nQxtH1-nxTgZ9-nQ5M9V-nQ4vNr-nwkXFG-nwm4Cy-nNMiHL-nwkMNM-nNKMDj-nNncaF-nKLBHS-nHo1CF-nCqgLt-nCsDWY-nknyo2-nknEoY-nDDukg-jekCj7-jdtoDS-jcNC5Y-neJvCM-nifXmK-mvyKBz-mvy6tR-msjNfr-kzSxYy-kvDEHK-kuTk6B-kuRqzY-kuPB46-kuMeAk-k5u68X-k5vzdd-k5rPHV-jTNQYo-jM4nUr-jFwqf8-jFvDdB-jvyi5y-jtNHFb-jjxdXT-ji3v9M-jfjQ8A-jegCmD-jdtjq1-jcMxaD-jc1dfW Marco Mezzera 6 June 2014
This expert analysis attempts to interpret the origins of the May 2014 military intervention in Thai politics and its consequences for the immediate and longer-term future of the country’s democracy. more  
Pakistan - A Hard Country: Book review
Marco Mezzera 23 April 2012
Presenting Pakistan as a weak state but with a strong society, Anatol Lieven tries to build up a convincing case for the inner resilience of the country. At the end, however, the reader is left with a sensation that despite all the arguments and evidence that have been provided (or maybe because of them), the future of Pakistan remains... more  
The nature of a friendship: making sense of Sino-Pakistani relations
Six-star Chinese flag by Sonya under CC License Marco Mezzera 27 September 2011
The May 2nd 2011 Abbottabad raid that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden heightened long-standing tensions between America and Pakistan. What little trust still existed between the establishments of the two countries almost completely disappeared. It is in this context that Pakistan made immediately clear that it was not dependen... more  

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