Shifting Gears: From Global to Regional

Shifting Gears: From Global to Regional

Does it still make sense to speak of a global international society? And what methodological challenges does this pose to the English School?

Interview – Avner Golov

Interview – Avner Golov

Avner Golov answers questions about the recent US-Iran nuclear agreement and its implications for Israel and wider regional security in the Middle East.

Review – This War of Mine

Review – This War of Mine

By putting the civilians’ experience at the forefront, TWoM addresses the side of war that is often overlooked in many forms of popular culture as well as IR discourse.

Is Natural Resource-Based Development Still Realistic for Africa?

Is Natural Resource-Based Development Still Realistic for Africa?

In a world of low oil prices, local content can make petro-development more realistic for African oil and gas producers, not less.

Recent Posts

Monetary Sovereignty under the Gold Standard – The Case of the Ottoman Empire

Monetary Sovereignty under the Gold Standard – The Case of the Ottoman Empire

Increasing indebtedness and severe crises caused the Ottoman Empire to lose monetary sovereignty, culminating with the adoption of a limping gold standard.

The Three Images of the Syrian Civil War

The Three Images of the Syrian Civil War

Employing Waltz’s three images in ‘Man the State and War’ as a methodological framework helps guide analysis of the Syrian civil war, but fails to provide direct answers.

The Falklands War: Differing Causes of Conflict

The Falklands War: Differing Causes of Conflict

Explaining the occurrence of the Falklands War through diversionary theory, competing sovereignty claims and Fearon’s exploration of the contraction of bargaining ranges.

Revisiting Political Culture: Libyan and Tunisian Post-Revolutionary Transitions

Revisiting Political Culture: Libyan and Tunisian Post-Revolutionary Transitions

Analysing Libya & Tunisia reveals the important role of political culture in their democratic transitions & the pitfalls of applying ‘universal’ democratic institutions.

Global Ambition and National Differentiation in the Paris Agreement and the SDGs

Global Ambition and National Differentiation in the Paris Agreement and the SDGs

The apparent success in reaching the Paris Agreement as well as the UN sustainable development goals should be treated with caution

Is Rentier State Theory Sufficient to Explain the Politics of the UAE?

Is Rentier State Theory Sufficient to Explain the Politics of the UAE?

Because Rentier State Theory insufficiently explains the politics of the UAE, a marrying of Constructivism and RST are needed to best capture the politics of the UAE.

Dressing the Sovereign: Fashion as a Symbolic Form of Sovereignty

Dressing the Sovereign: Fashion as a Symbolic Form of Sovereignty

Rather than a ‘mask’ for a decapitated sovereign, fashion diplomacy provides a sartorial symbolic form for this sovereignty, making it visible and appreciable.

Pakistan’s Security Challenges and Problems in the Next Decade

Pakistan’s Security Challenges and Problems in the Next Decade

Pakistan’s agrarian economy, narrow tax base, and ever increasing population present it with more challenges than solutions in the years ahead.

From Cinderella to Beauty and the Beast: (De)Humanising World Society

From Cinderella to Beauty and the Beast: (De)Humanising World Society

World society as humanity is both beauty and beast; the concept thus ought to capture the complexity of ways human beings manage the very plurality of the human condition

Afro-American Ethnic Development in Latin America

Afro-American Ethnic Development in Latin America

Afro-Latino communities in Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico are mobilising a diverse socio-political identity to challenge a deep-rooted history of discrimination.

Is There Really a Significant Policy Implementation Problem in the EU?

Is There Really a Significant Policy Implementation Problem in the EU?

EU’s major policy implementation problem is widely recognized, and should be combated through continuously combining plurilateral and hierarchical modes of EU governance.

Hasan al-Banna and the Political Ideologisation of Islam in the 20th Century

Hasan al-Banna and the Political Ideologisation of Islam in the 20th Century

Hasan al-Banna, founder of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, has played a significant role in the political ideologisation of Islam in the twentieth century.