Film and World Politics

Film and World Politics

To appreciate this politics of film for IR we can contrast the way film challenges the more static media within which exchanges of recognition among states takes place

Interview – Jessica Stern

Interview – Jessica Stern

Jessica Stern discusses the strategy of ISIS, reflects on her background in Chemistry, and considers the methodological implications of researching terrorist groups.

Review – US Foreign Policy and Democracy Promotion

Review – US Foreign Policy and Democracy Promotion

This ready-to-use edited handbook provides a good and complete introduction to the history and evolution of US democracy promotion abroad.

Scourging Paganism Past and Present: The Tragic Irony of Palmyra

Scourging Paganism Past and Present: The Tragic Irony of Palmyra

The destruction of pagan historical records, in Europe as in Syria, forces us to confront how societies view, construct and instrumentalise the past.

Recent Posts

Europe as a Normative Power on Climate Change? The EU’s Engagement with China

Europe as a Normative Power on Climate Change? The EU’s Engagement with China

By examining the European Union’s engagement with China on climate change, the EU could arguably be a credible normative power on climate change policy.

The Eclipse of Pan-Arab Nationalism

The Eclipse of Pan-Arab Nationalism

Both ideological and internal and external geopolitical forces have led to the emergence, decline and subsequent failure of Pan-Arab Nationalism in the Middle East.

Why the War on Bashar Al-Assad Never Happened

Why the War on Bashar Al-Assad Never Happened

With the Syrian War raging on, with over 200,000 killed and millions displaced over the span of four years, why did the US not conduct air-strikes to overthrow Assad?

George W. Bush: A Neo-Conservative?

George W. Bush: A Neo-Conservative?

George W. Bush’s Presidency is often asserted as a Neo-Conservative one. If this was the case, however, fundamentally different policy objectives would have been pursued.

How Should We Govern Lethal Force Short of War? An Evaluation of Jus Ad Vim

How Should We Govern Lethal Force Short of War? An Evaluation of Jus Ad Vim

With the expansion of drone warfare the demand for a renewal of just war theory has arisen, and the framework of jus as vim may prove a viable alternative.

Postructuralism and Feminism: The Interplay between Gender, Language and Power

Postructuralism and Feminism: The Interplay between Gender, Language and Power

Violence is not an intrinsic part of an objective reality, but rather exists because it is legitimated and normalized through the valorization of a hegemonic masculinity

Upgrading the Arab League by Establishing a Joint Military Force?

Upgrading the Arab League by Establishing a Joint Military Force?

It cannot be excluded that the initiative to build a Arab military force will share the fate of previous launches: a big announcement followed by a rather low performance

A Year of Milestones and E-IR’s First Kickstarter Campaign

A Year of Milestones and E-IR’s First Kickstarter Campaign

It has been an incredible year for E-IR. Rather than relax on our laurels, we are gearing up for our biggest project yet – a free textbook for IR beginners! We now need your help to support our Kickstarter campaign.

Monism vs. Pluralism

Monism vs. Pluralism

The conflict in Ukraine is a result of the turbulence in the system of European security, the internal crisis in Ukraine, and the crisis of Russian developmental model.

Making Feminist Sense of ‘The Americans’

Making Feminist Sense of ‘The Americans’

Reading ‘The Americans’ through an Enloe inspired lens offers an example of the potential to explore the feminist critique of the public/private divide.

Review – Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands

Review – Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands

Sakwa lays out a courageous and powerful case which directly challenges the prevailing ‘blame everything on Russia’ narrative regarding the current conflict in Ukraine.

Saudi Airstrikes on Yemen: Limits to Military Adventurism

Saudi Airstrikes on Yemen: Limits to Military Adventurism

The Saudis will continue to perceive the Houthis as powerful political and military opponents and feel the need to keep them at bay