Blogs

E-IR’s blogs offer informed, but informal, short posts written by experts to be read and digested quickly. You can access the homepage for each blog via the sidebar to the right.

IR Theory: Problem-Solving Theory Versus Critical Theory?

IR Theory: Problem-Solving Theory Versus Critical Theory?

There are political stakes in our theoretical choices. Critical theory seeks to enable the transformation of things, problem-solving theory – to keep things working.

War on Terror Redux? No Thanks

War on Terror Redux? No Thanks

War on terror will never be won. America and its allies must intervene militarily against Islamic militant groups and support a vision of politics they want to prevail.

The Fifteen-Sided War

The Fifteen-Sided War

US strategy for dealing with ISIL is widely criticised. However, it seems to be right for a war in which US enemies are its allies and allies are allies of its enemies.

What We Don’t Teach Students in IR – But Should

What We Don’t Teach Students in IR – But Should

The thing that separates the best students from struggling ones is not the commitment to studies nor the ability to understand concepts, but the level of academic skills.

Drones for Europe – Revisited

Drones for Europe – Revisited

If drones represent the future of warfare, by deciding to quit the race, Europe runs the risk of forcing itself into strategic and technological irrelevance.

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Putin in Latin America: A New Era of Cooperation?

As Putin faces sizeable opposition from the West for its intervention in Ukraine, Russia is keen to deepen its ties with other parts of the world such as Latin America.

Contending Nakba-denial: The Role of Oral and Visual Testimonies

Contending Nakba-denial: The Role of Oral and Visual Testimonies

The potential of oral testimonies lies in their ability to create spaces of human interaction in areas where recognition & engagement are not usually forthcoming.

Rapid Fire: Is the Ukraine Crisis the West’s Fault? Part 3

Rapid Fire: Is the Ukraine Crisis the West’s Fault? Part 3

It may seem trivial to state that the west helped cause, rather than did cause, the crisis in Ukraine but from a theoretical point of view, this distinction is essential.

Rapid Fire: Is the Ukraine Crisis the West’s Fault? Part 2

Rapid Fire: Is the Ukraine Crisis the West’s Fault? Part 2

The Ukrainian crisis represents a dangerous and unpredictable situation generated by several actors. Attributing blame, as Mearsheimer does, does not promote dialogue.

Rapid Fire: Is the Ukraine Crisis the West’s Fault? Part 1

Rapid Fire: Is the Ukraine Crisis the West’s Fault? Part 1

Because Russia cares too much and Europe cares too little for Ukraine, a state’s sovereignty is shattered, its people divided, and its future is now uncertain.

Beware of Hillary Clinton

Beware of Hillary Clinton

Should Clinton become president, the international community should beware. Her brand of interventionist liberalism will be toxic for the Middle East and for the west.

Inoculating against Politics

Inoculating against Politics

Development agencies have started to engage more with the political nature of development. However the nature of politics is that what is ‘right’ is always contestable.