The Ethics of Killer Robots

The Ethics of Killer Robots

As the line between peace and war further blurs, autonomous weapons offer clear advantages while simultaneously raising powerful, but somewhat nebulous, moral concerns.

Interview – Katrien Jacobs

Interview – Katrien Jacobs

Professor Jacobs discusses her research on pornography, censorship, and visual anthropology in the context of global capitalism, social control, and superpower rivalry.

Review Feature – Terrorism and Political Violence

Review Feature – Terrorism and Political Violence

This review considers the contributions of two very useful, and student friendly, new books that add to the growing literature on terrorism and political violence.

Genuine Thinking and Public Outreach

Genuine Thinking and Public Outreach

Writing blog posts helps students to develop scientific-based arguments in plain English for ordinary readers and exercise various skills acquired during studies.

Recent Posts

The Incompatibility of COIN Warfare and Nation-Building in Iraq and Afghanistan

The Incompatibility of COIN Warfare and Nation-Building in Iraq and Afghanistan

The disjuncture between kinetic elements of American COIN doctrine and the nation-building mission inherent to ‘new’ conflicts lies at the root of ongoing difficulties.

Review – The Politics of Exile

Review – The Politics of Exile

Dauphinée masterfully eschews the conventional ways of presenting research and through storytelling provides insights into the Bosnian war and its dire aftermath.

Cold War II: Can Economic Sanctions and Diplomacy Avert a Repetition of History?

Cold War II: Can Economic Sanctions and Diplomacy Avert a Repetition of History?

Pushing Russia into isolation will raise insecurities in Eastern Europe and will possibly resurrect the Cold War. Therefore the crisis must be resolved via negotiation.

Review – Intelligent Compassion

Review – Intelligent Compassion

Confortini’s analysis of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom benefits feminist IR theory by making it more accessible and clearly applicable.

Nigeria’s “Resource Curse”: Oil as Impediment to True Federalism

Nigeria’s “Resource Curse”: Oil as Impediment to True Federalism

Whilst Nigeria’s history of colonialism can partly explain the difficulties of achieving a functioning federalism, its ‘resource course’ is also a significant hindrance.

Student Book Feature – IR Theory: A Critical Introduction

Student Book Feature – IR Theory: A Critical Introduction

By focusing on IR myths, & by using films to help understand theories, Weber’s textbook remains a major introduction to the perspectives associated with the study of IR.

The Princess of No Man’s Land: Bir Tawil and the Geographical Imagination

The Princess of No Man’s Land: Bir Tawil and the Geographical Imagination

No Man’s Lands are rarely empty. They are spaces that are occupied, utilized and stewarded, and layered with geographical, historical and narrative complexities.

The EU Strategic Agenda: Prospects and Challenges

The EU Strategic Agenda: Prospects and Challenges

There is little in the way of fresh ideas being presented in the Strategic Agenda, whereby much of it appears to be the rephrasing of previous initiatives.

Drawing Links Between Food Security and Land Rights in an Era of Globalization

Drawing Links Between Food Security and Land Rights in an Era of Globalization

With an increasing world population and changing weather patterns, governments must rapidly address concerns regarding international policy on food security.

Religion and Globalization: New Possibilities, Furthering Challenges

Religion and Globalization: New Possibilities, Furthering Challenges

The relationship between religion and globalization is complex, one with new possibilities and furthering challenges.

The European Council’s “Strategic Agenda”: an Agenda, Maybe, but not Strategic

The European Council’s “Strategic Agenda”: an Agenda, Maybe, but not Strategic

If the “Strategic Agenda” is the result of a lowest common denominator word-processing exercise from within the Council Secretariat, then it serves no useful purpose.

South Sudan in Turmoil: The Risk of a Congo-like Regional Crisis

South Sudan in Turmoil: The Risk of a Congo-like Regional Crisis

The stakes in the South Sudanese conflict are high. The peace process needs to be revitalized and rigorously pursued to bring a lasting settlement to the conflict.