Author profile: Robert W. Murray

Robert W. Murray

Robert W. Murray is Vice-President of Research at the Frontier Centre for Public Policy and an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta. He holds a Senior Research Fellowship at the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies and Research Fellowships at the University of Calgary’s Centre for Military and Strategic Studies and University of Alberta’s European Union Centre for Excellence. He is the co-editor of Libya, the Responsibility to Protect, and the Future of Humanitarian Intervention with Aidan Hehir (Palgrave, 2013), Into the Eleventh Hour: R2P, Syria and Humanitarianism in Crisis with Alasdair MacKay (E-International Relations, 2014), and International Relations and the Arctic: Understanding Policy and Governance with Anita Dey Nuttall (Cambria, 2014). He is the Editor of the IR Theory and Practice blog on E-IR.

Wanted: A Coherent Canadian Foreign Policy

Wanted: A Coherent Canadian Foreign Policy

Between 2006 and 2011, Stephen Harper’s “Restrained Pragmatism” was a shift towards a realist foreign policy strategy, but now he appears lost and this poses risks for Canada in the international state system.

The Role of National Leaders in Foreign Policy

The Role of National Leaders in Foreign Policy

Although it is assumed that individual leaders create and implement their own foreign policies, foreign policy is not nearly as leader-centric as observers tend to believe.

Turkey, the Balance of Power, and the Risks of Article V

Turkey, the Balance of Power, and the Risks of Article V

Unless there is some sort of extraordinary aggression taken by the Assad regime towards Turkey, NATO’s role should remain focused on harshly worded joint statements and nothing more. Article V invocation would be an overreaction.

China’s Emergence as a Naval Power

China’s Emergence as a Naval Power

China’s dedication to securing its own naval power has now entered a totally new realm, and those of us who measure capabilities must now reevaluate China’s place in the international system.

Reflecting on 9/11

Reflecting on 9/11

On the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we must remember those innocent victims who lost their lives on that day and reflect on the much larger numbers of civilians and soldiers that have perished in the reactions to it.

The Race that Never Was?

The Race that Never Was?

To some, the Arctic represents the unknown, new opportunities, and the future; to others, the Arctic represents little more than a barren and frozen region that matters little in the grand scheme of world affairs.

Building Theory Through History

Building Theory Through History

The biggest shortcoming of IR students is their lack of historical background. If this problem was corrected, it would greatly help their efforts at understanding the world around them.

Turning Back the Clock in Great Power Politics

Turning Back the Clock in Great Power Politics

The collapse of the USSR ushered in the unipolar moment of IR and meant that traditional approaches to understanding the world immediately became antiquated, or did it?

Syria as Proof of the Unipolar Illusion

Syria as Proof of the Unipolar Illusion

Unipolarity is ending quicker than most imagined. If unipolarity was as prevalent now as it was in the 1990s, Russia would likely not challenge the United States over Syria.

A Realist Revival

A Realist Revival

While IR has grown far beyond its boundaries, the plurality of what we refer to as “international relations” has changed so dramatically that it is difficult for students to decide exactly where they should fall on the spectrum.

NATO and Afghanistan: Lessons Learned?

NATO and Afghanistan: Lessons Learned?

At present, the NATO mission in Afghanistan is a failure. Though the Taliban regime was overthrown, violence continues to plague daily life across the country.

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