Understanding the Resentful Power: Rethink the Rise of China

This article aims to provide an alternative perspective on China’s international image and foreign policies amid their position in the international community. The current Chinese foreign policy has been transitioned from the conservative approach to the modern proactive approach that seeks global dominance. However, China’s international image communication does not function well. Resentment from required parties is defined as the major barrier to Chinese soft power and its successful international engagement. This article is an examination of the cultural and social roots of the Chinese culture. The author focuses on the resentment on the micro level via marital, familial, and child rearing structures, and suggests strategies that could be used for potentially willing foreign policy makers to deal with the Chinese government.

Rejected Asylum Seekers from Kosova: A Social Work Critique of Repatriation as a Durable Solution

This article presents findings from a systematic literature review of studies that focus on the repatriation of rejected asylum seekers from Kosova. We approached the literature from a critical standpoint in order to identify the main gaps in knowledge as well as to recommend future steps. The findings question the adoption of repatriation as a sustainable solution to migration “crisis” and suggest that there is a dearth of repatriation research coming out of Global South countries. Study findings add to the body of existing, albeit scarce, literature that focuses on repatriation, and provide important implications for policymaking for a largely hidden population of forced migrants.

The Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Natural Disaster Management in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, being a small island in the Indian Ocean, is prone to natural disasters such as floods, landslides, droughts, cyclones, lightning strikes, coastal erosion, and tsunamis, which kill a number of people and destroy properties each year. Information and communication technologies (ICTs) play a significant role in natural disaster management in many countries; however, the Sri Lankan ICT development index was 3.77 in 2016, a low record in comparison to other countries. In this context, we need to probe into why ICTs have not been successfully used for natural disaster management and how ICTs can be effectively used in natural disaster management in Sri Lanka? Therefore, this study examines the use of ICT in natural disaster management in Sri Lanka. The specific objectives are to identify the role of ICT in natural disaster management and issues and implications involving the use of ICT in natural disaster management. Mixed methods will be used to achieve the aim and objectives of the research. Data will be randomly collected using 200 questionnaires. Questionnaires will be distributed among the respondents in Matara Divisional Secretariat division of Sri Lanka, which is affected by many natural disasters each year. In-depth interviews will be conducted with experts in natural disaster management and administrative officers in responsible authorities in Sri Lanka. The analysis will be done qualitatively and quantitatively.