Psychology Not Theology: Overcoming ISIS’ Secret Appeal

Psychology Not Theology: Overcoming ISIS’ Secret Appeal

At the end of the day, ISIS’ unique blitzkrieg has been both psychological and military. Its cruelty, severity and domination project a “larger than life” sense of power.

Interview – Kimberly Hutchings

Interview – Kimberly Hutchings

Prof. Hutchings talks about the usefulness of debates in international theory, violence, and ethics, and the importance of challenging gender discrimination in academia.

Review Feature – Understanding Iran: A Summary of Recent Scholarship

Review Feature – Understanding Iran: A Summary of Recent Scholarship

From perspectives on Nixon, Kissinger and the Shah to the current nuclear stand-off, the four books in this feature offer the latest scholarship on US-Iranian relations.

In Celebration of Senseless Acts of Kindness

In Celebration of Senseless Acts of Kindness

There are many blogs on humanitarianism & development. They tend to be overly-technical, narrowly prescriptive, and circulate within the international aid industry. The Flesh and Blood blog will offer something different.

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Contemporary U.S. Foreign Policy Trends and Interactions with Native Americans

Contemporary U.S. Foreign Policy Trends and Interactions with Native Americans

Certain trends in American foreign policy can be better understood when seen as framed by the context of interactions with Native Americans

Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement and Beijing’s Failure to Honor the Basic Law

Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement and Beijing’s Failure to Honor the Basic Law

Trust in the local and Beijing governments has been damaged; a moderate approach would serve Beijing’s interests better than the confrontational approach taken so far.

The Future of Academic Publishing?

The Future of Academic Publishing?

Academics should consider eBooks as a viable publishing medium. They don’t have the quality control mechanisms that peer-reviewed journals enjoy, yet they do have an important place in the academic’s toolbox.

Strangers in the Archipelago: Hunting for ‘Something’ in Swedish Waters

Strangers in the Archipelago: Hunting for ‘Something’ in Swedish Waters

The search for foreign activity in Swedish waters – the ‘Hunt for Reds in October’ – has been called off. Yet, there is much to be said about this geopolitical incident.

Cornwall and the Politics of Recognition

Cornwall and the Politics of Recognition

Is it possible to recognize a minority people without undermining the unity of the broader political community, or setting in train a process which ends in the breakup of that larger community?

Balancing the Rights of Sovereign States With Those of Secessionist Movements

Balancing the Rights of Sovereign States With Those of Secessionist Movements

For secession, the balance of rights, despite a shift towards a more ‘liberal’ international law in recent years, should remain in the favour of (just) sovereign states.

Tracing the Threads: Queer IR and Human Rights

Tracing the Threads: Queer IR and Human Rights

Human rights and queer theory compel us to view matters in a different light. It is this potential to cut across established ideas that makes sense of the challenge to develop a queer account of human rights.

Pixels and People: Videogames, Warfare, and the Missing Everyday

Pixels and People: Videogames, Warfare, and the Missing Everyday

When considering the depiction of conflict and warfare in videogames, it is important to acknowledge not only what they are depicting but what they are ignoring.

Human Security in the Age of Ebola: Towards People-centered Global Governance

Human Security in the Age of Ebola: Towards People-centered Global Governance

Successfully addressing public health crises requires development of a global community organized around the ethical obligation to provide human security while maintaining accountability to beneficiaries.

The Sovereign Nation-State as a Contributor to Terrorism

The Sovereign Nation-State as a Contributor to Terrorism

The ‘rise’ of terrorism has been caused by powerful Western and Euro-centric states, and the UN has failed in its distribution of fair and reasonable jurisprudence.

A Professor’s Platform

A Professor’s Platform

In a world where research is disseminated online first and where PageRank can determine credibility – technical know-how is the skillset that will most impact on getting your work, research and ideas to the audience they suit.

Leadership, Competitive Strategy and Entrepreneurship in International Relations

Leadership, Competitive Strategy and Entrepreneurship in International Relations

The tradition of taking leaders, their strategies, and their entrepreneurial activities seriously will continue, regardless of how the discipline of IR regards the topic.