Massive Open Online Classes and International Learning

Massive Open Online Classes and International Learning

Online classes that reach an international audience are an effective tool for increasing awareness, stimulating research, and creating widely dispersed learning networks.

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 – Dragon in Ambush: The Art of War in the Poems of Mao Zedong

Review – Dragon in Ambush: The Art of War in the Poems of Mao Zedong

Ingalls’ translation of Mao’s poems and thought-provoking thesis have considerable merit, but readers will benefit most by approaching it with a critical eye.

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

International Security and “Failed States”: A Cause for Concern?

International Security and “Failed States”: A Cause for Concern?

Failed states signal that the Westphalian model lacks empirical support and is a simple political construction that deserves greater theoretical scrutiny.

Israel’s Serial Gaza Offensives Are Offensive

Israel’s Serial Gaza Offensives Are Offensive

Does the R2P apply in Gaza? This is a silly question – of course it does. R2P is a universal principle, not a light switch to be turned on and off at whim or convenience.

Victim-Politics and Post-Conflict Foreign Policy in Rwanda and Sri Lanka

Victim-Politics and Post-Conflict Foreign Policy in Rwanda and Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka and Rwanda elicit a sense of victimhood upon which their respective foreign policies have been built.

Review – The Impossible Community: Realizing Communitarian Anarchism

Review – The Impossible Community: Realizing Communitarian Anarchism

Clark successfully employs a neo-Hegelian framework to examine the benefits of anarchism’s alternative participatory, anti-hierarchical forms of organisation.

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.

Can the EU Afford to Lose the UK?

Can the EU Afford to Lose the UK?

With a ‘Brexit’ on the agenda, and the EU’s vision questioned, it should be kept in mind that integration is chiefly about managing divergence and difference.

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.

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.

The Responsibility to Protect and the 2014 Conflict in Gaza

The Responsibility to Protect and the 2014 Conflict in Gaza

More civilians will die without concerted efforts to break the cycles of impunity and escalation that have been allowed to establish themselves in Israel and Palestine.

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.

The Future of Slavery in Australia

The Future of Slavery in Australia

Slavery and trafficking will not be defeated unless those fighting it can simultaneously prevent its growth, whilst strategically responding to its current expressions.

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.