Future IR – Newcastle University

Future IR is a blog from scholars and research students in Politics at Newcastle University. By critically examining international politics and recasting disciplinary traditions in international relations, we seek to advance theories, concepts, and empirical studies in relation to the international and global. In doing so, the blog is oriented towards the future of researching and teaching international politics as well as contributing to understandings of the history and diversity of international politics and its global community of scholars.

An International Security Assistance Force member gives a toy to an Afghan child July 11 at the Kabul Female Prison and Detention Center in Kabul, Afghanistan.  ISAF members donated school supplies, toys, soccer balls and women's clothing to the facility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nestor Cruz) (released)

Gender Matters: Mainstreaming Women, Peace and Security at NATO

The aim must be to transform practice through better representing women’s agency, rather than reinforcing regressive gendered logics.

Image by Daniel Cheung

Masculinities at the Margins: A feminist Curiosity of Gender, Militarism and War

What happens to ‘military masculinities’ and stories of war, violence and gender, if we begin to account for ‘the margins’ of war, of militaries and of masculinities?

Inequality, Poverty and a ‘Human Economy’

Inequality, Poverty and a ‘Human Economy’

What might it mean to move to a human economy?

Totalitarianism Is Back – Time to Awake!

Totalitarianism Is Back – Time to Awake!

Arendt’s analysis of totalitarianism matches Trump’s politics. Being alert means not to retreat in the hopes and naivety that it won’t be as bad as it looks.

What Can We Learn About Resilience from ‘Breaking Bad’?

What Can We Learn About Resilience from ‘Breaking Bad’?

‘Breaking Bad’ potentially disrupts how we conceptualize resilience by opening up thinking space to consider who has the right (or opportunity) to be resilient.

Populist Challenge and Political Judgement

Populist Challenge and Political Judgement

We live in an era of the devaluation of knowledge in which the difference between ‘truth’ and ‘lies’ does not count anymore; this makes electorates prone to populism.

4 Things Feminists Tell Us about Private Security: A Gender Audit on Security

4 Things Feminists Tell Us about Private Security: A Gender Audit on Security

In various ways feminists continue to draw our attention to how gender underpins the political and economics of security.

An MQ-9 Reaper sits on the flight line at Hurlburt Field Fla., April 24, 2014.The MQ-9 Reaper is an armed, multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft that is employed primarily as an intelligence-collection asset and secondarily against dynamic execution targets.(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. John Bainter)

Four Things I Don’t like about the Advance Discussion of Eye in the Sky

Does the movie ‘Eye in the Sky’ really provide insight into targeted killing? Here are four reasons why we ought to be suspicious.

The EU Challenge: Teaching an Institution in Crisis

The EU Challenge: Teaching an Institution in Crisis

While ongoing crises present challenges in the classroom, they also provide opportunities to demonstrate that EU politics is important for students

Is Natural Resource-Based Development Still Realistic for Africa?

Is Natural Resource-Based Development Still Realistic for Africa?

In a world of low oil prices, local content can make petro-development more realistic for African oil and gas producers, not less.

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