South Sudan: The Perils of New States

South Sudan: The Perils of New States

With functional and participatory institutions, South Sudan may well reclaim itself as a diverse nation within the regional and international environment.

Interview – Thomas Pogge

Interview – Thomas Pogge

Thomas Pogge answers questions about global poverty, achieving a just global redistribution of income, John Rawls’ legacy, and his book World Poverty and Human Rights.

Review – Memory and Trauma in International Relations

Review – Memory and Trauma in International Relations

Resende and Budryte’s innovative volume brings a fresh approach to the study of trauma and memory in IR, although ultimately fails to propose a coherent research agenda.

The Left’s Europe Problem

The Left’s Europe Problem

What’s a Social Democrat to do? One solution is to push for enhanced powers for the EU Parliament. Another is to consider that EU institutions may have to be re-imagined.

Recent Posts

The Syrian Uprising and Social Movements Theory

The Syrian Uprising and Social Movements Theory

Syria’s strong patrimonial military has no incentives to break with the regime. Until such incentives exist, the uprisings will probably fail.

Ethnic Reintegration in Post-Conflict Development Strategies

Ethnic Reintegration in Post-Conflict Development Strategies

Encouraging apolitical activities focused around the common concerns of communities holds great potential to foster reconciliation in post-atrocity contexts.

Contemporary Boundaries in the Middle East

Contemporary Boundaries in the Middle East

To ignore the internal dynamics that determined the political boundaries of the Middle East is to overlook the region’s power to shape policy.

US Policy in China Leading Up to the Boxer Rebellion

US Policy in China Leading Up to the Boxer Rebellion

The impulse that drove America to look to China was brought about by harsh economic realities, and ideological considerations would consistently take second place.

Review – EU Foreign Policy and Crisis Management Operations

Review – EU Foreign Policy and Crisis Management Operations

Pohl’s exceptional analysis of the EU’s CSDP disputes traditional realist arguments that it exists to counter-balance the US.

Ukraine’s Future and Putin’s Eurasian Past

Ukraine’s Future and Putin’s Eurasian Past

Ukraine’s future depends as much on the US, NATO, and EU as on the strength of the interim government in terms of its ability to deter Russian aggression.

Goodbye, Spring

Goodbye, Spring

It’s the final week of classes at CEFAM for the Spring semester. It’s been a hard and tiring semester. Bring on the Summer, and soon.

Review – Local and Global Dynamics of Peacebuilding

Review – Local and Global Dynamics of Peacebuilding

Cubitt’s analysis of post-conflict reconstruction in Sierra Leone offers a unique case study for the critical and empirical examination of liberal peace-making.

Consolidating New Forms of Citizenship in Turkey

Consolidating New Forms of Citizenship in Turkey

A religion-based, Ottomanistic definition of Turkish identity not only challenges the Kemalist roots of the state but also contributes to a postmodernisation of them.

Crouching Dragon, Ambling Elephant, and the Hawkish Eagle

Crouching Dragon, Ambling Elephant, and the Hawkish Eagle

The US strategic “pivot” to India can be a source of stability to India-China relations, depending on how India’s foreign policy balances both US and China.

The Washington and Baghdad Relationship: Are the Allies in the Same Orbit?

The Washington and Baghdad Relationship: Are the Allies in the Same Orbit?

Preserving a working relationship is a priority for both the US and Iraq despite both being on relatively different regional policy tracks.

Can a Nuclear Iran be Considered a Threat to Regional and Global Security?

Can a Nuclear Iran be Considered a Threat to Regional and Global Security?

A nuclear and emboldened Iran engaging in small conflicts presents an acute threat to security because the threat of inadvertent escalation is so dangerous.