Culture, Security, Identity – Newcastle University

Culture, Security, Identity (CSI) is a blog from the community of scholars and research students based in Politics at Newcastle University. The blog explores the critique of dominant narratives and discourses of IR but eschews doctrinaire approaches that are blind to the particular, to issues of race, class and gender, or that insist upon the deployment of simple problem-solving theories.

Thinking About Developmental States Beyond East Asia

Thinking About Developmental States Beyond East Asia

The experience of East Asian states cannot be easily replicated, as the ability of a state to undergo structural transformation is limited by the existing conditions.

The Rise of Popular Culture in IR: Three Issues

The Rise of Popular Culture in IR: Three Issues

As the study of popular culture gains momentum, it is important that the sub-field not reproduce the broader analytic and political shortcomings of the discipline of IR.

China Dreamin’

China Dreamin’

The ‘China Dream’ and the confucian revival both appeal to a halcyon era but underlying them is a much deeper problem: what does it mean to be Chinese today?

Fighting the Environmental Battles: Governance and the Democratic State

Fighting the Environmental Battles: Governance and the Democratic State

Environmental policies have evolved away from the certainties of the 1970s, which reflects a much broader transformation in the nature of the western democratic state.

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.

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.

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.

‘House of Cards’ and the Depiction of America’s China

‘House of Cards’ and the Depiction of America’s China

House of Cards indicates a new and emerging China discourse and its growing role in the identity politics shaping US foreign policy.

Are Drones the Answer? The EU and Contemporary Security Challenges

Are Drones the Answer? The EU and Contemporary Security Challenges

While the immediate attractions of drones are fairly obvious in the military setting, the EU needs to consider the consequences of this type of technology use.

Our Shocked Regard: The Act of Killing and the Indonesian Genocide

Our Shocked Regard: The Act of Killing and the Indonesian Genocide

Joshua Oppenheimer’s unique and disturbing ‘The Act of Killing’ examines the Indonesian genocide of the 1960s. The film succeeds and fails in equal measures.

The Power of IPE for Researching Energy and Natural Resources

The Power of IPE for Researching Energy and Natural Resources

The ability of IPE scholars to understand energy through a lens that examines both the economic and political aspects of power offers great potential for analysis.

Drones and Video Games

Drones and Video Games

The idea that piloting drones is as mindless as video games is popular. But it misses its target by misunderstanding video games and what enables killing from a distance.

Metaphorically Speaking, ‘Where is the Politics?’: China, Japan, and the Voldemort Controversy

Metaphorically Speaking, ‘Where is the Politics?’: China, Japan, and the Voldemort Controversy

As analysts of world politics, what should we make of the deployment of Voldemort by China and Japan in their ongoing diplomatic dispute?

Rights Fit For a Networked World

Rights Fit For a Networked World

Facebook says we have a right to be connected but recent events such as the detention of David Miranda and surveillance by the NSA show the need to prevent abuses by those that exploit these connections.

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