Interview – Kurt Mills

E-International Relations

Violent Virtual Games and the Consequences for Real War

Violent Virtual Games and the Consequences for Real War

The U.S. Army is using virtual violent video games to recruit and train soldiers for real war. This should trouble scholars across disciplines.

Interview – John Esposito

Interview – John Esposito

In this interview, Professor Esposito discusses his career, the current state of IR scholarship on Islam, the rise of the Islamic State, and the issue of Islamophobia.

Review – The Long Peace of East Asia

Review – The Long Peace of East Asia

Although Kivimäki neglects regional interaction his book is a must-read for any student of East Asia, because it masterfully combines data with theoretical insight.

What Counts for Important?

What Counts for Important?

Part of the job of an IR professor is to challenge the student to see that what happens in a distant land can have real implications for local politics too.

Recent Posts

Unmasking China’s Assertive Behaviour in the Maritime Sphere

Unmasking China’s Assertive Behaviour in the Maritime Sphere

China’s assertive behaviour in the South China Sea (SCS) and East China Sea (ECS) is primarily motivated by nationalism and economic interests.

Is There a Single Conception of Democracy?

Is There a Single Conception of Democracy?

Defining democracy requires a minimal core conception of democracy which allows for ‘thicker’ definitions that avoid ethnocentric and hegemonic conceptions of democracy.

Can There be an ‘Islamic Democracy’?

Can There be an ‘Islamic Democracy’?

Whilst there can be no universally satisfactory formulation of ‘Islamic Democracy’, there are numerous Muslim approaches to democracy (some conciliatory, others not).

Does Free Trade Undermine International Rules Protecting the Environment?

Does Free Trade Undermine International Rules Protecting the Environment?

The WTO undermines international environmental rules. Yet, the WTO’s decisions comply with the mandates for which it operates which do not cover environmental protection.

More than a Family Business: US Military Interventions in Iraq in Perspective

More than a Family Business: US Military Interventions in Iraq in Perspective

As it begins new military efforts to improve stability in the Middle East, the US must expand efforts to encourage cooperation among the region’s most influential actors.

Review – The Warrior State: Pakistan in the Contemporary World

Review – The Warrior State: Pakistan in the Contemporary World

Despite the book’s omission of Pakistan’s ISI, T.V. Paul’s account of a highly armed yet insecure state is fundamental reading for any scholar concerned with South Asia.

Australia-China and the Rise of Pax-Sino: Where to Now?

Australia-China and the Rise of Pax-Sino: Where to Now?

Unless Australia understands the new Asia-Pacific environment and ceases elevating the US and other regional Euro-centric allies, frictions with China will continue.

Citizenship in the Post-Yugoslav States: States, Nations, Rights

Citizenship in the Post-Yugoslav States: States, Nations, Rights

In the post-Yugoslav laboratory, different aspects of the regulation of membership have been adapted to strengthen the rule of an ethnic community or political faction.

Presidential Elections in Turkey: The Victory of a ‘New State of Affairs’

Presidential Elections in Turkey: The Victory of a ‘New State of Affairs’

Turkey’s presidential developments mark two processes. First, reinstating the conflict around the position of political Islam. Second, a post-Western foreign policy.

Walter Mondale and the Recalibration of the Vice Presidency

Walter Mondale and the Recalibration of the Vice Presidency

Mondale generated a new institutional model for the vice presidency, which expanded and strengthened the role, while leaving it accountable to the President.

IR Theory: Problem-Solving Theory Versus Critical Theory?

IR Theory: Problem-Solving Theory Versus Critical Theory?

There are political stakes in our theoretical choices. Critical theory seeks to enable the transformation of things, problem-solving theory – to keep things working.

Review – Mosquito Empires: Ecology and War in the Greater Caribbean, 1620-1914

Review – Mosquito Empires: Ecology and War in the Greater Caribbean, 1620-1914

McNeill’s account advances an alternative, innovative reading of American history; indispensable material despite his ignorance of literature and capacity of medicine.