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Crossings and Candles

Crossings and Candles

There is a paradox which stalks the discipline of IR: as it speaks of peace, the principle of sovereignty, which is at the centre of its world view, looks out upon messy – and often very violent – social relationships.

Managing Global Security beyond ‘Pax Americana’

Managing Global Security beyond ‘Pax Americana’

The rivalry of superpowers that we saw in the 20th century was a certain kind of world order. The hubris of one rich and powerful nation, the USA, is another – and one that is likely to end soon.

The Postcolonial Perspective: Why We Need to Decolonize Norms

The Postcolonial Perspective: Why We Need to Decolonize Norms

Normation, normalization and nomos shift the focus from treating a norm as given to considering its initial constitution, to account for the form that a norm takes.

Reagan, Obama, and Israel: Historical Context, Uncomfortable Comparisons

Reagan, Obama, and Israel: Historical Context, Uncomfortable Comparisons

Obama has treaded more lightly with Israel than Reagan and Bush. It is useful to compare recent events to periods of tension from 1981-1982 during Regan’s presidency.

The Environment

The Environment

The world’s states have been able to find common ground in relation to the flagpole issues of global warming and climate change. This trend must continue so that we can live healthily and happily on Planet Earth.

Transnational Terrorism

Transnational Terrorism

Terrorist groups are products of their time and, just everyday citizens, live in a globalised world. They are both shaped by globalisation and contribute to it by their actions.

Feeding the World

Feeding the World

Almost a billion people are undernourished. But, it is not just problems of hunger that food politics concerns itself with. Issues relating to food safety, nutrition and livelihoods must also be understood.

Voices of the People

Voices of the People

Connectedness and shared ideas collectively characterise today’s popular protests. We can expect to see more such protests as people across the world raise their voices and demand change.

Connectivity, Communications and Technology

Connectivity, Communications and Technology

Interaction through the written and spoken word and through trade is what makes humanity flourish. The internet has made this possible for more people, in more locations, more of the time, more quickly.

The Appeal of ‘America First’ in Donald Trump’s America

The Appeal of ‘America First’ in Donald Trump’s America

Both the diminution of America’s supremacy and the war-weariness of the American public raise questions about the solidity of the nation’s extensive security commitments.

Protecting People

Protecting People

The world is more likely to respond to human protection crises today than it once was, but as Syria shows we are nowhere close to solving the problem of human insecurity.

Global Poverty and Wealth

Global Poverty and Wealth

One of the major conundrums of our world is that poverty still exists amidst extreme wealth. Economic processes have lifted many out of poverty but have failed to mitigate income and wealth inequality.

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