Introducing Critical Theory in International Relations

Introducing Critical Theory in International Relations

Critical theory assumes an active role in the betterment of human affairs according to the potential for freedom inherent in modernity and the identification of political alternatives.

Interview – Ognian Zlatev

Interview – Ognian Zlatev

Ognian Zlatev, Head of the European Commission’s Representation in Bulgaria, discusses Bulgaria’s priorities during its six month EU Presidency and future EU enlargement.

Review – Global Governance and Transnationalizing Capitalist Hegemony

Review – Global Governance and Transnationalizing Capitalist Hegemony

Taylor’s convincing new book provides a sceptical account of the rise of emerging powers and demonstrates how they are unlikely to challenge the neoliberal world order.

Bermuda and the Dilemma of Same-Sex Marriage

Bermuda and the Dilemma of Same-Sex Marriage

In February 2017 Bermuda became the first jurisdiction to remove the legal right to same-sex marriage after it had been granted.

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From (Communally-Based) Religion to Secularism in Indian Politics

By emphasising secular reforms and de-emphasising communally specific attitudes and policy, the BJP seeks to present India as an open marketplace for the new middle class

Introducing Poststructuralism in International Relations Theory

Introducing Poststructuralism in International Relations Theory

The impact of poststructuralism within IR comes from its ability to not only identify and uncover power relations that dictate political events but also make space for alternative discourses.

IR’s ‘Isms’ Are Evil. All Hail the ‘Isms’!

IR’s ‘Isms’ Are Evil. All Hail the ‘Isms’!

Nothing is gained by rejecting the isms unless we at first understand the complexity of what it is we are rejecting and then develop the critical reflection we need to move beyond them.

US Hegemony and Rising Powers in the Era of Trump

US Hegemony and Rising Powers in the Era of Trump

New relations of power may be subtler and hidden from the naked eye then we realize, or than most existing theories of international relations may account for.

Specialist Eleazar Mattocks, USA, Charlie Company 2-1 Infantry, Fort Wainwright, Alaska, using helmet camouflage and a Colt 5.56 mm M16A2 rifle with an M203 40mm grenade launcher, demonstrates a platoon battle drill attack for the Thai Forces during the COBRA GOLD 2001 exercises. COBRA GOLD '01 is regularly scheduled, joint-combined exercise designed to ensure regional peace and strengthen the ability of the royal Thai Armed Forces to defend Thailand or respond to regional contingencies.  This year's exercise, the 20th in the series, will focus on peace enforcement operations.  (USAF PHOTO BY SRA LESLIE LAWRENCE 010517-F-1379L-004)

North Korea: The Perils of Ignoring the Good Problem

Without grappling with the potential “good problem” of the collapse of the DPRK, the United States could find itself winning a war but losing the peace.

Now Recruiting: Features/Social Media Editors

Now Recruiting: Features/Social Media Editors

Are you keen to work at the cutting edge of international politics and want to help us share our diverse content via social media? If so, we invite you to join our team.

Online Resources – The International Monetary Fund

Online Resources – The International Monetary Fund

A brief introduction to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), with links and media to explore further.

The Rise of Anti-Intellectualism in light of the AKP’s Education Policy

The Rise of Anti-Intellectualism in light of the AKP’s Education Policy

One of the most important results of this strategy is to transform the educational policy of Turkey under AKP rule in the light of anti-intellectualism.

The Reluctant Realist: Jimmy Carter and Iran

The Reluctant Realist: Jimmy Carter and Iran

Carter’s approach toward Iran demonstrates that he became more concerned with perpetuating the strategy of containment than following through on his liberal tendencies.

Anti-Smuggling Operations in the Central Mediterranean

Anti-Smuggling Operations in the Central Mediterranean

This essay addresses the challenges raised by the uncertainty of the legal framework and the dubious practices of operations dealing with migrant smuggling into the EU.

Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technologies: Insights from and for IR

Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technologies: Insights from and for IR

Ongoing investigation is required, to further uncover the limits, shifts, and interre­lationships between contemporary forms of governance by, with, and of blockchains.

China’s Military Modernisation

China’s Military Modernisation

There is no evidence that internal balancing will not change unipolarity. Future research should explore why internal balancing has been slow in the unipolar system.

During the last three weeks of my trip to India, I was finished shooting the clean water access essay and looking for something else to do.  I don't last well doing the tourist thing.  Although Kashmir and Ladakh are both cliche regions for photojournalists, I wanted to try my luck contrasting people in occupied, and disputed, territories.  High snow levels prevented me from hitchhiking through Kargil on to Leh, but I was able to spend a week dodging the military and looking for good scenes to capture.

This image is from a parade from Lal Chowk to the Hindu temple as a part of whatever festival occurs on 14 April.  Hindus are a minority in the region, and my impression was that extra security forces showed up to make sure nothing happened.  Through intimidation.

India and Pakistan: Formalizing the 2003 Ceasefire Agreement

If the 2003 ceasefire between India and Pakistan is formalised with clear rules and regulations it should reduce the chances of future ceasefire violations.

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