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The Kin-Country Thesis Revisited

The Kin-Country Thesis Revisited

Huntington was right to call attention to kin-countries. But the idea of kin-country can only be made useful if it is stripped of its ‘clash of civilizations’ baggage.

Where Does Russia End and the West Start?

Where Does Russia End and the West Start?

Russians outside Russia become ‘more Catholic than the Pope’, because they see the reality of their countries of residence and compare it with the virtual reality created by the Russian state media.

Trump’s Nixon-China Moment with North Korea

Trump’s Nixon-China Moment with North Korea

Political will in the US and across Asia, backed by public opinion, are giving diplomacy a chance. This is the best starting point for a deal since the early 1990s.

The New Great Game in the Indo-Pacific

The New Great Game in the Indo-Pacific

How things plays out in the Indo-Pacific depends on the willingness of Asia’s other great powers to defend a system, rather than contain an empire

‘A Technocracy of Sensuousness’: Music Video in International Politics

‘A Technocracy of Sensuousness’: Music Video in International Politics

Music video not just encourages but forces scholars of music in world politics to go beyond the places where references to the political are easy to find.

The Chinese Military Under Xi: Loyal and Ready to Achieve the History Mission?

The Chinese Military Under Xi: Loyal and Ready to Achieve the History Mission?

Under Xi the People’s Liberation Army has a clear role in the national story of rejuvenation and empowerment that the President has been promoting since he became leader.

Clashing Civilizations: A Toynbeean Response to Huntington

Clashing Civilizations: A Toynbeean Response to Huntington

Toynbee draws attention away from Huntington’s account, pointing to the role played by political actors in borrowing, appropriating, and manipulating ‘foreign’ concepts.

The EU’s Hotspot Approach: Questionable Motivations and Unreachable Goals

The EU’s Hotspot Approach: Questionable Motivations and Unreachable Goals

In order to stop asylum seekers from reaching its shores, the EU empowers militias and warlords by calling them border police and funding their detention centres.

The ‘Clash of Civilizations’ and Realism in International Political Thought

The ‘Clash of Civilizations’ and Realism in International Political Thought

Even though Huntington was critical of some of the assumptions of structural realism on the sources of conflict and on the role of states, he shared with the realists some important ideas.

Technological Terror, Killer Robots, and Black Mirror’s ‘Metalhead’

Technological Terror, Killer Robots, and Black Mirror’s ‘Metalhead’

A world that emphasizes the role of efficiency-driven technological solutions could produce a universe in which humanity is terrorized by its own technological offspring.

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