Articles

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 Greek Referendum as Societal Schism

The Greek Referendum as Societal Schism

Regardless the Greek referendum’s turnout, Greece will not be able to avoid another austerity plan that will hinder the country’s non-existent ascent to development.

Neither Desperate Nor Stronger: The Adaptation of Al Shabaab

Neither Desperate Nor Stronger: The Adaptation of Al Shabaab

Despite international pressure, Al Shabaab has done a good job of avoiding defeat and adapting to new challenges throughout East Africa.

Sexual Modernity in Amazonia

Sexual Modernity in Amazonia

Sexual perspectives matter because they reveal ‘modernity’ in unexpected places. Gay pride celebrations and homo-affective Tikuna couples tell ‘unexpected’ stories.

Power-sharing in Africa: Does It Still Have a Role to Play?

Power-sharing in Africa: Does It Still Have a Role to Play?

Despite its bleak results, power-sharing should not yet be dismissed altogether because it still offers the most promising tool for dealing with deeply-divided places.

LGBT Pride: Marching on the Front Lines

LGBT Pride: Marching on the Front Lines

Pride events remain a critical moment of visibility of the LGBT movement. But the global movement will continue to progress and create new alliances for gaining equality.

A Seat at the Table: International LGBTQ Rights at the United Nations

A Seat at the Table: International LGBTQ Rights at the United Nations

Despite promising developments, initiatives to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected categories under law have largely failed at the United Nations.

Why National Parliaments in the EU Should Be Empowered

Why National Parliaments in the EU Should Be Empowered

Enhancing the role of parliaments in EU decision-making offers a way to reconnect the integration process with the communal self-rule of the states and their citizens.

Nietszche, Morgenthau, and the Roots of Realism

Nietszche, Morgenthau, and the Roots of Realism

Despite the richness and complexity of the realist paradigm as espoused by Morgenthau, it remains committed to existing identities and forms of reality.

The Islamic ‘State’ Challenge: Defining the Actor

The Islamic ‘State’ Challenge: Defining the Actor

IS is not a terrorist group. It has acquired the ability to mobilise thousands and impose its will on millions, which is comparable to the abilities of sovereign states.

Pedagogy and Pop Culture: Pop Culture as Teaching Tool and Assessment Practice

Pedagogy and Pop Culture: Pop Culture as Teaching Tool and Assessment Practice

While pop culture is not without its problems, it offers differing, potentially more accessible insights on the international that are not found in standard IR textbooks.

‘Oil Then,’ ‘Water Now’: Another Reason for War in the 21st Century?

‘Oil Then,’ ‘Water Now’: Another Reason for War in the 21st Century?

Water has now become a most sought after commodity, one that countries have displayed a renewed interest in and with an increasing amount of threat-of-force.

Sexual Abuse and Sexual Exploitation in Conflict Situations as a Security Risk

Sexual Abuse and Sexual Exploitation in Conflict Situations as a Security Risk

Child abuse should be declared a collective security problem. The widespread nature of child abuse in UN missions requires appropriate response from the Security Council.