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The Peloponnesian War and Killer Robots: Norms of Protection in Security Policy

The Peloponnesian War and Killer Robots: Norms of Protection in Security Policy

We need not be grateful for the ‘protection’ of killer robots; we may instead mimic Lysistrata and humanize the very structure of protection in the 21st century.

The Future of the Organization of American States

The Future of the Organization of American States

The next Secretary General of the OAS will have the critical responsibility of maintaining the agency’s status as a relevant player in the evolving inter-American system.

Rethinking Change and Continuity in Japanese Defense Policy and Politics

Rethinking Change and Continuity in Japanese Defense Policy and Politics

Japan has been following a deliberate course in the reform of its defense policy. This has emphasized gradual change over revolutionary breaks. More changes are to come.

The Inversion of Just War Theory

The Inversion of Just War Theory

Despite universalist pretensions, Just War Theory has served partisan interests throughout Operation Protective Edge; ultimately enabling rather than proscribing killing.

The Afghan Diaspora and Post-Conflict State Building in Afghanistan

The Afghan Diaspora and Post-Conflict State Building in Afghanistan

Among the groups involved in the post-conflict dynamics, the Afghan diaspora is an important participant. However, certain aspects of this are problematic.

The Islamic State’s Challenge to the International System

The Islamic State’s Challenge to the International System

IS is not the adversary of 2006-2008 Iraq, this is a more fanatical, more entrenched, better equipped force with a radical commitment to the territory it has captured.

Negotiated Settlements of Civil Wars vs. Victories

Negotiated Settlements of Civil Wars vs. Victories

The quantitative approach somewhat should take different world orders into account to better explain contemporary phenomena and prepare a data set accordingly.

The BRICS’ Economic Institutions and International Politics

The BRICS’ Economic Institutions and International Politics

The new institutions of the BRICS signal a new reality in international politics that corresponds to the unique multipolar moment of power and ideas.

Europe’s Other Crisis: Secessionism at the Gates

Europe’s Other Crisis: Secessionism at the Gates

While it is true that any member state can veto the accession bid of another state, the EU will want to avoid any possible territorial mess within its borders.

The Politics of US and EU Sanctions on Russia’s Energy Sector

The Politics of US and EU Sanctions on Russia’s Energy Sector

It is the selective nature of sanctions that make them a political weapon against countries that refuse to buckle down to western leadership.

A Transnational Public Sphere for a Digital Generation?

A Transnational Public Sphere for a Digital Generation?

The figure of the networked young citizen, politically engaged through a transnational public sphere, is compelling, but other models may come to be more significant.

Democracy as Theatre: The 2014 Presidential Elections in Afghanistan

Democracy as Theatre: The 2014 Presidential Elections in Afghanistan

An elite political compact, based around external support for meaningless elections, is not the only solution to the problems ahead in Afghanistan.