Author profile: John Williams

John Williams is Professor of International Relations in the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University, UK. His research work on the English School has concentrated on normative theory, particularly in relation to pluralism and the ways in which ethical diversity in world politics can be understood. This work has culminated in Ethics, Diversity and World Politics: Saving Pluralism From Itself? (2015 Oxford University Press) which seeks to fundamentally reform the pluralist strand of English School theory as a normatively progressive basis for understanding world politics beyond the society of states.

Pluralism, the English School and the Challenge of Normative Theory

Pluralism, the English School and the Challenge of Normative Theory

English School pluralism does not deserve its current reputation as a statist, conservative and declining facet of the English School project.

Precautionary intervention?

Precautionary intervention?

There is an understandable desire in international relations, as in so many other areas of life, to be able to see into the future, to know what it is that is coming down the track towards us and whether the light at the end of the tunnel is indeed the sunlight of a better future or just an indication that the tunnel is on fire. In recent weeks, in Ivory Coast and Libya, the tunnel has been well and truly alight. This troubled engagement between humanitarian action and the precautionary principle has been discernable since the practice leapt to prominence.

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