A Seat at the Table: International LGBTQ Rights at the United Nations

A Seat at the Table: International LGBTQ Rights at the United Nations

Despite promising developments, initiatives to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected categories under law have largely failed at the United Nations.

Interview – Emilian Kavalski

Interview – Emilian Kavalski

Emilian Kavalski reflects on his approach to climate change, propounds the relevancy of ‘complexity thinking’ to IR, and discusses the current “power shift to the East”.

Review – Communism in Pakistan: Politics and Class Activism 1947-1972

Review – Communism in Pakistan: Politics and Class Activism 1947-1972

Kamran Asdar Ali provides superb documentary evidence and a rich detailed analysis to construct a forgotten history of class struggle and political activism in Pakistan.

Infrastructure and Contemporary Security

Infrastructure and Contemporary Security

Infrastructure and related security discourses on connectivity and flow provide crucial insights into our understanding of the vulnerabilities of contemporary, urban life

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Are Natural Resources More of a Curse than a Blessing?

There is no escaping the correlation between resource abundance and poor economic performance. The resource curse is political and brought on by poor policy decisions.

LGBT Pride: Marching on the Front Lines

LGBT Pride: Marching on the Front Lines

Pride events remain a critical moment of visibility of the LGBT movement. But the global movement will continue to progress and create new alliances for gaining equality.

Heroic Narratives Surrounding Humanitarian Intervention

Heroic Narratives Surrounding Humanitarian Intervention

Heroic narratives, through their use of language in particular, intentionally obscure the resort to force that is used during humanitarian military interventions.

Why National Parliaments in the EU Should Be Empowered

Why National Parliaments in the EU Should Be Empowered

Enhancing the role of parliaments in EU decision-making offers a way to reconnect the integration process with the communal self-rule of the states and their citizens.

Nietszche, Morgenthau, and the Roots of Realism

Nietszche, Morgenthau, and the Roots of Realism

Despite the richness and complexity of the realist paradigm as espoused by Morgenthau, it remains committed to existing identities and forms of reality.

The Islamic ‘State’ Challenge: Defining the Actor

The Islamic ‘State’ Challenge: Defining the Actor

IS is not a terrorist group. It has acquired the ability to mobilise thousands and impose its will on millions, which is comparable to the abilities of sovereign states.

Review – The China-Pakistan Axis: Asia’s New Geopolitics

Review – The China-Pakistan Axis: Asia’s New Geopolitics

Small gives us a fresh and well-researched book on Chinese, Indian, Pakistani and Afghani politics and the key geopolitical security issues of the Asian region.

Pedagogy and Pop Culture: Pop Culture as Teaching Tool and Assessment Practice

Pedagogy and Pop Culture: Pop Culture as Teaching Tool and Assessment Practice

While pop culture is not without its problems, it offers differing, potentially more accessible insights on the international that are not found in standard IR textbooks.

‘Oil Then,’ ‘Water Now’: Another Reason for War in the 21st Century?

‘Oil Then,’ ‘Water Now’: Another Reason for War in the 21st Century?

Water has now become a most sought after commodity, one that countries have displayed a renewed interest in and with an increasing amount of threat-of-force.

Sexual Abuse and Sexual Exploitation in Conflict Situations as a Security Risk

Sexual Abuse and Sexual Exploitation in Conflict Situations as a Security Risk

Child abuse should be declared a collective security problem. The widespread nature of child abuse in UN missions requires appropriate response from the Security Council.

Was British Decolonization after 1945 a Voluntary Process?

Was British Decolonization after 1945 a Voluntary Process?

Britain often had little choice but to concede that the constitutional independence of its dependencies was inescapable.

Review – The Cuban Embargo

Review – The Cuban Embargo

One of the few examples of a monograph on the US embargo of Cuba, this short and readable text helps us understand key internal dynamics which drive this policy.