Author profile: Luke M. Herrington

Luke M. Herrington

Luke M. Herrington is the Assistant Reviews Editor for Special Operations Journal (ISSN 2329-6151), and an Editor-At-Large and member of the Editorial Board at E-International Relations.  He is also a graduate student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Kansas where he previously earned an MA in Global and International Studies. His interests include terrorism, religious violence, the role(s) of religion in international politics, hegemonic stability theory, and ontological security (among other things).  Follow him on Twitter @HST_rocks or @HolySee_News.

Syria and the Hegemon’s Dilemma: Ontological Insecurity vs. Imperial Overstretch

Syria and the Hegemon’s Dilemma: Ontological Insecurity vs. Imperial Overstretch

John Kerry may be right that war fatigue is no excuse for inaction in Syria, but imperial overstretch and hegemonic decline very well may be.

Review – Ontological Security in International Relations

Review – Ontological Security in International Relations

Steele’s well-researched book convincingly appends the field’s more materialist notions of security, but the merits lie as much with its novel conclusions as they do with the ideas it inspires.

Gendering Computers in Science Fiction: What Gives?

Gendering Computers in Science Fiction: What Gives?

Neil deGrasse Tyson wants to know why female computer voices always announce self-destruct sequences. The answer might be found in IR’s approach to feminism.

Beyond Boston:  Conspiracy Theories and International Relations

Beyond Boston: Conspiracy Theories and International Relations

Though the smoke from Boston has hardly cleared, conspiracy theories about a “false flag attack” are already proliferating. It is now time for IR scholars to study conspiracy theories seriously.

Review – Ill-gotten Money and the Economy

Review – Ill-gotten Money and the Economy

Yikona et al. examine the efforts and effectiveness of Namibia and Malawi in fighting against money laundering, fraud, tax evasion, and corruption. Their brevity makes for a very fast, and engaging, read.

Marijuana Legalization: Panacea in the War on Drugs or Stoners Blowing Smoke?

Marijuana Legalization: Panacea in the War on Drugs or Stoners Blowing Smoke?

Marijuana legalization has the potential to undermine drug cartels, and should therefore function as part of an overarching strategy designed to eliminate both the cartels and the drug trade.

Review – The Future of Power

Review – The Future of Power

Nye offers an intriguing analysis of the changing nature of power and how new geopolitical and economic trends will alter world politics in the coming years.

Review – Religions of the Silk Road

Review – Religions of the Silk Road

Foltz’s Religions of the Silk Road uniquely considers the histories of Central Asia, globalization, trans-Eurasian trade, and religion through a broad interdisciplinary lens.

Review – Unanswered Threats

Review – Unanswered Threats

In Unanswered Threats, Randall Schweller challenges preconceptions about the prevalence of balancing behavior in international relations.

U.S. Legislation Could Shut Down the Internet

U.S. Legislation Could Shut Down the Internet

Hopefully, Congress will come to its senses and PIPA and SOPA will be defeated. If not, President Obama should announce his intentions to veto both, and the White House should announce a plan to tackle the very real issues of online piracy and intellectual property theft.

Review – Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet

Review – Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet

Klare’s analysis is timely, well written, and intriguing considering its central thesis that the world’s reliance on fossil fuels will eventually lead to increased geopolitical tensions. While other books offer a more thorough account, this is a welcome read.

Faith-Based Diplomacy and the Case of Somalia

Faith-Based Diplomacy and the Case of Somalia

Traditional approaches to international relation, such as liberalism, realism, and realpolitik, have failed in Somalia. As policymakers determine what to do about Somalia, they should consider employing faith-based diplomacy jointly with traditional military operations and Track I diplomatic efforts.

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