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Articles published on E-IR are designed to offer an accessible route into some of the most interesting ideas, debates and policy issues in international politics. Our editorial team works to commission and review articles from the most respected experts in the field.

The International Court of Justice and the Peru-Chile Maritime Case

The International Court of Justice and the Peru-Chile Maritime Case

The ICJ’s decision in the Peru-Chile Maritime Case represents another important stone in the mosaic of what is usually referred to as the Law of Maritime Delimitations.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s Year of Living Dangerously

The Muslim Brotherhood’s Year of Living Dangerously

It has been a difficult year for democratic Islamists across the Middle East. The past year’s events constitute a test of the Brotherhood’s commitment to democracy.

Statebuilding Failure in South Sudan

Statebuilding Failure in South Sudan

When South Sudan gained independence, it was easy to predict that the path towards the construction of a new state would have been full of obstacles.

What Is Self-Determination? Using History to Understand International Relations

What Is Self-Determination? Using History to Understand International Relations

Despite it being a core principle of the international order, actual politics of self-determination are extremely ambiguous.

The Moral Obligation to Intervene in Rwanda

The Moral Obligation to Intervene in Rwanda

Whilst the genocide was transpiring in Rwanda in 1994, there was only one morally defensible course of action for the international community – intervention.

South Sudan: The Perils of New States

South Sudan: The Perils of New States

With functional and participatory institutions, South Sudan may well reclaim itself as a diverse nation within the regional and international environment.

Ukraine’s Future and Putin’s Eurasian Past

Ukraine’s Future and Putin’s Eurasian Past

Ukraine’s future depends as much on the US, NATO, and EU as on the strength of the interim government in terms of its ability to deter Russian aggression.

The 1994 Rwandan Genocide

The 1994 Rwandan Genocide

UN and foreign military interventions may have postponed the 1994 genocide that occurred in Rwanda, but they would not have solved the underlying problems that led to it.

The Washington and Baghdad Relationship: Are the Allies in the Same Orbit?

The Washington and Baghdad Relationship: Are the Allies in the Same Orbit?

Preserving a working relationship is a priority for both the US and Iraq despite both being on relatively different regional policy tracks.

Switzerland and the EU: Many a Slip Between Swiss Cup and Lip

Switzerland and the EU: Many a Slip Between Swiss Cup and Lip

Swiss politics has too many veto players for swift decisions. It is out of the interplay of these contending forces that any change in its foreign policy will come.

Arctic Indigenous Peoples, Climate Change Impacts, and Adaptation

Arctic Indigenous Peoples, Climate Change Impacts, and Adaptation

A superficial understanding of Arctic realities, as well as simplistic responses, may lead to ineffective strategies, adverse outcomes, and copying past policy failures.

India’s Vote on Sri Lanka: A Responsible Choice

India’s Vote on Sri Lanka: A Responsible Choice

On 27 March 2014, the UN Human Rights Council adopted Resolution 25/1 on Sri Lanka. India abstained in the vote, which was a sensible, responsible, and balanced decision.