Learning How Not to Scare People: The Paradox of Counterinsurgency

Learning How Not to Scare People: The Paradox of Counterinsurgency

Scaling down the revered cult of counterinsurgency in future interventions, may be the only way to provide missions with a sense of real international purpose.

Interview – Patricia Owens

Interview – Patricia Owens

Dr. Patricia Owens discusses her recent work, Hannah Arendt’s theories and the need to fundamentally rethink the relationship between history and theory within IR.

Review – The Two-State Solution

Review – The Two-State Solution

This edited volume is an analysis of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but could have done better drawing out the relevance of history to today’s facts and future visions

What You Say is What You Get: The Gender Problem in IR

What You Say is What You Get: The Gender Problem in IR

Replacing “man-made” with “anthropogenic” will not solve the gender problem in IR, but it will increase the visibility of our quotidian contributions to patriarchy.

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Containing China? The United States in the South Pacific Since 2011

Containing China? The United States in the South Pacific Since 2011

The rebalancing by the United States towards the South Pacific is less about containment and is more about competitive engagement in the region.

Evaluating Ecuador’s Decision to Abandon the Yasuni-Itt Initiative

Evaluating Ecuador’s Decision to Abandon the Yasuni-Itt Initiative

The lack of democracy associated with the decision-making process to drill Block ITT has fuelled a high degree of currently ongoing civil discontent in Ecuador.

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Review – Cities at the End of the World

Even if political categories are sometimes taken for granted, Lorenzo’s text shows how rich an engagement with literature can be to a critical reflection on politics.

Simulating Europe: Lesson-drawing from EU Decision-making Games

Simulating Europe: Lesson-drawing from EU Decision-making Games

Simulations offer a glimpse into the complex world of decision-making within organisations that cannot be gained so easily from traditional teaching methods.

Central European Countries and EU Accession: A Blessing or a Curse?

Central European Countries and EU Accession: A Blessing or a Curse?

Eastern enlargement was a unique achievement for prosperity and modernisation in Central and Eastern European States and bolstered the EU’s greatest strength: diversity.

United Nations Personnel in the Democratic Republic of Congo

United Nations Personnel in the Democratic Republic of Congo

New guidelines for determining the applicability of international humanitarian law to United Nations peace operations are both necessary and urgent.

Global Warming: Is Paris the Last-chance Saloon?

Global Warming: Is Paris the Last-chance Saloon?

Global warming’s last-chance saloon will soon be upon us. Yet, far from acting together, we have various gangs ready to shoot each other in the back while the piano-player plays on.

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The Roma/Gypsies: “Outcasts” of Europe

The Roma story has not been the story of the powerful. It is a story of the ones that have done whatever they could in order to survive in a very adverse environment.

Review – The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton

Review – The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton

Ghattas’ book is an intriguing narrative placing Clinton’s activities between 2008 to 2012 into a wider analysis of US power, but leaves some key issues unresolved.

Rhetoric of Responsibility: R2P’s Harmful Application in Humanitarian Practice

Rhetoric of Responsibility: R2P’s Harmful Application in Humanitarian Practice

From a well-meaning attempt at humanitarian action following the crises of the 1990s, the Responsibility to Protect has nevertheless become a vehicle for self-interest.

‘How to Train Your Dragon 2′ and IR Theory

‘How to Train Your Dragon 2′ and IR Theory

Hollywood has a long history of trading in subtle political messaging and reinforcing the notion of US military might as a force for good, even when things get ugly.