Pledging Allegiance to ISIS:  Who Benefits Most?

Pledging Allegiance to ISIS:  Who Benefits Most?

Rivalries among jihadist movements will not bring about their downfall, but they will prevent the unified, worldwide jihadist movement that ISIS has sought to build.

Interview – Marc Sageman

Interview – Marc Sageman

Marc Sageman talks about what’s wrong in terrorism studies, how identity fosters the radicalization process, and about the effectiveness of airstrikes against ISIS.

Review – Homosexualities, Muslim Cultures and Modernity

Review – Homosexualities, Muslim Cultures and Modernity

Despite minor methodological shortcomings Rahman’s book is an excellent and stimulating work for readers who focus on the role identity plays in politics.

Come Fly with Me: Airports and Geographies of Rendition

Come Fly with Me: Airports and Geographies of Rendition

The airport has been a key site for investigating how the war on terror has manifested itself in terms of security and surveillance and monitoring the body and behavior.

Recent Posts

Reviewing the Changing Situation of Women in Russian Society

Reviewing the Changing Situation of Women in Russian Society

As the authoritarian grasp tightens in Russia, resistance to heteronormativity and neo-conservative gender rules has become difficult but necessary.

Political Legitimacy in Post-Tiananmen China

Political Legitimacy in Post-Tiananmen China

Tiananmen, although isolated as a catalyst for subsequent domestic reforms in China, was only one of a number of structural factors which led to the China of today.

The Emergence and Cascading of Pope Francis’ Norm of Social Justice

The Emergence and Cascading of Pope Francis’ Norm of Social Justice

Since Pope Francis has restated the importance of social justice, this norm is going through a ‘life cycle’, and Catholics are beginning to accept and act upon it.

Torture and the Failure of the International System

Torture and the Failure of the International System

The prevalence of torture represents a failure of the state-led, sovereignty-based international order. A move beyond torture requires a move beyond sovereignty.

Constructing a Realistic Cosmopolitanism

Constructing a Realistic Cosmopolitanism

World citizenship is not based upon a Utopian fantasy. Instead, world citizenship begins from the recognition that all people come from and exist within communities.

Legal Pluralism and Sharia: Implementing Islamic Law in States and Societies

Legal Pluralism and Sharia: Implementing Islamic Law in States and Societies

In the case of Sharia – apart from the necessary reinterpretation – the best alternative solution is not legal pluralism; it is to encourage political participation.

How Have Illicit Drug Trade Networks Undermined Colombia’s Development?

How Have Illicit Drug Trade Networks Undermined Colombia’s Development?

Colombia and international actors must begin tapping into a development policy that recognises the need to bridge political and civil society.

Accounting for the Failure of Russia to Consolidate Democracy

Accounting for the Failure of Russia to Consolidate Democracy

The lack of democratic consensus amongst the political elite is primarily responsible for the democratic impasse in Russia under the leadership of Putin.

Islamic Governance Theory in Moroccan Islamist Discourse

Islamic Governance Theory in Moroccan Islamist Discourse

The use of Islamic concepts as the ‘imamate’ and the ‘caliphate’ by main Moroccan Islamist actors in their discourse are linked to a concrete model of Islamic government.

Balancing on a Warship

Balancing on a Warship

In a precarious but skilful positioning in its Mistral contract with Russia, France will continue to stand firmly infirm between domestic and international duties.

A Proposed Theory of Knowledge: Neuro-Rational Physicalism

A Proposed Theory of Knowledge: Neuro-Rational Physicalism

Comprehending that the ways we acquire knowledge are culturally mediated would be a profound step in softening rigid categories of “otherness” in our globalized world.

Review – Global Crisis: War, Climate Change & Catastrophe in the 17th Century

Review – Global Crisis: War, Climate Change & Catastrophe in the 17th Century

Parker turns even omissions into strengths as his book manages to appeal to scholars of various different disciplines and ranks.