Of Habermas and Hypocrisy: Discounting Nonviolence in Afghanistan’s Elections

Of Habermas and Hypocrisy: Discounting Nonviolence in Afghanistan’s Elections

The international community’s response rewarded the threat of violence, essentially derailing any hopes of achieving consolidated democracy in Afghanistan.

Interview – John Esposito

Interview – John Esposito

In this interview, Professor Esposito discusses his career, the current state of IR scholarship on Islam, the rise of the Islamic State, and the issue of Islamophobia.

Review – Endgame for ETA: Elusive Peace in the Basque Country

Review – Endgame for ETA: Elusive Peace in the Basque Country

Whitfield does a great job introducing a key contemporary conflict. Important themes, however, are buried under her otherwise excellent historical analysis.

The Fifteen-Sided War

The Fifteen-Sided War

US strategy for dealing with ISIL is widely criticised. However, it seems to be right for a war in which US enemies are its allies and allies are allies of its enemies.

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Is Pacific Asia Returning to Sinocentrism?

Is Pacific Asia Returning to Sinocentrism?

Although Pacific Asia seems to be progressing toward Sinocentrism, it is unlikely to return to such a state.

Domestic and International Sources of Uyghurs’ Conflict with the Chinese State

Domestic and International Sources of Uyghurs’ Conflict with the Chinese State

The Uyghur diaspora community helped promote the profile of the Uyghur in the West, but it is hard to measure how much sway the secular Uyghur community has in Xinjiang.

Neoliberal Globalisation and the “Arab Spring”; One Facet of a Global Movement?

Neoliberal Globalisation and the “Arab Spring”; One Facet of a Global Movement?

The movements of 2011 were motivated by multiple grievances, but the common underlying factors were socioeconomic grievances and a rejection of the neoliberal program.

S.A.S. v France: The French Burqa Ban and Religious Freedom

S.A.S. v France: The French Burqa Ban and Religious Freedom

The conclusion of the Court in the S.A.S. case is disappointing. It gives leeway to states to legislate to uphold the very nebulous concept of ‘living together’.

Call for Papers – Resurrecting International Relations Theory

Call for Papers – Resurrecting International Relations Theory

Resurrecting IR Theory will be a special issue for the journal ‘Politics’ with corresponding response articles, interviews, reviews, and commentary published at E-IR.

China and the South China Sea Disputes

China and the South China Sea Disputes

Since the tension over the disputes in the South China Sea has been escalating in recent years, establishing a Code of Conduct has become a pressing need.

What We Don’t Teach Students in IR – But Should

What We Don’t Teach Students in IR – But Should

The thing that separates the best students from struggling ones is not the commitment to studies nor the ability to understand concepts, but the level of academic skills.

Review – Enduring Conflict: Challenging the Signature of Peace and Democracy

Review – Enduring Conflict: Challenging the Signature of Peace and Democracy

Although highly innovative and a recommended read, Little’s analysis of conflict should have been tested more rigorously against cases of non-violent conflict.

Food Insecurity and Unrest in the Arab Spring

Food Insecurity and Unrest in the Arab Spring

Rapidly rising international food prices caused the urban middle class to experience acute food insecurity, which is linked to the unrest resulting in the Arab Spring.

Are Economic Sanctions a Viable Strategy for Coercing Another State?

Are Economic Sanctions a Viable Strategy for Coercing Another State?

Economic sanctions fail in most of their major ambitions, and their ethical justifications are based on a distorted form of consequentialist ethics.

The Iranian Nuclear programme: Impact on Regional Stability and Security

The Iranian Nuclear programme: Impact on Regional Stability and Security

Deterrence theory is not compelling when applied to Iran and the Middle East: an Iranian nuclear weapon would destabilize the region and lead to proliferation and war.

Drones for Europe – Revisited

Drones for Europe – Revisited

If drones represent the future of warfare, by deciding to quit the race, Europe runs the risk of forcing itself into strategic and technological irrelevance.