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Global Justice in International Relations Theory

Global Justice in International Relations Theory

Global justice scholars have contributed to IR theory by shifting the focus to individuals on a planetary scale and approaching problems of global cohabitation in a new way.

The Saudi-Lebanon Imbroglio and Geopolitical Realignments in West Asia

The Saudi-Lebanon Imbroglio and Geopolitical Realignments in West Asia

The Saudi-Hariri affair has fueled a lot of resentment among the Lebanese people, supposedly aimed at stoking sectarian tensions to achieve political gains.

Getting Started with International Relations Theory

Getting Started with International Relations Theory

The sheer volume of different IR theories should be a warning to you that International Relations still is a young discipline that is undergoing significant formative development.

India, Japan and Preservation of the Asian Territorial Order

India, Japan and Preservation of the Asian Territorial Order

It may be prudent for India, Japan and their mutual partners to send an unambiguous message to China with regard to its territorial and hegemonic ambitions in Asia.

Will Liberal Democracy Survive the Century?

Will Liberal Democracy Survive the Century?

We have yet to settle whether the features of liberal democracy are inherent to the system itself, or to particular contexts in which the system is installed.

Would Churchill Have Voted for Brexit?

Would Churchill Have Voted for Brexit?

Winston Churchill was a student of the past, with a cast iron understanding of Britain’s inextricable role in European affairs over the last thousand years.

Towards a Global International Relations?

Towards a Global International Relations?

IR theories remain biased in favour of Western states. Consequently, they neglect the experiences and relationships in other parts of the world, or offer a poor fit for understanding and explaining them.

Educating Conflict Management and Practicing Peacebuilding: The Case of Lebanon

Educating Conflict Management and Practicing Peacebuilding: The Case of Lebanon

Peer learning in higher education can help to align peacebuilding theory and practice, scholars and practitioners, thus putting research to work for sustainable peace.

Postcolonialism in International Relations Theory

Postcolonialism in International Relations Theory

Postcolonialism asks tough questions about how and why a hierarchical international order has emerged and challenges mainstream IR’s core assumptions about power and how it operates.

Ethiopia and the South Sudanese Civil War

Ethiopia and the South Sudanese Civil War

Should there be military interventions by South Sudan’s immediate neighbours and potentially even more distant states, it is unclear how an already multi-layered conflict would end.

The End Days of the World System? Before Armageddon the Long Nights of Ignorance

The End Days of the World System? Before Armageddon the Long Nights of Ignorance

It is impossible to turn religious enquiry into a foreign policy brief or accord it much utilitarian use in foreign policy formulation as it allows no options for actions.

Diplomacy and the End of Foreign Policy as We Know It

Diplomacy and the End of Foreign Policy as We Know It

The future global environment might depend less on the attractions of defining ‘rational actors’, and more on finding ways forward in much messier than before processes.

The Golden Age of Special Operations Forces

The Golden Age of Special Operations Forces

Special Operation Forces have been a defining feature of US military engagement in its post-9/11 wars, yet few understand the dangers of their increased use.

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