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.

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.

Angie: The Most Powerful Politician in Europe?

Angie: The Most Powerful Politician in Europe?

Angela Merkel’s resounding victory in the German federal elections has been portrayed in much of the European press as solidifying German power in the EU, but her election success has also brought domestic problems.

The Loaded Discourse of Gun Control in Israel

The Loaded Discourse of Gun Control in Israel

Until the debate addresses the structural bases of violence in Israel and the role of military service within it, the myth of a safe proliferation of weapons will continue.

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