IR Theory and Practice – With Robert Murray

IR Theory and Practice brings together a group of scholars to provide timely, expert and tangible insights on some of the most pivotal issues facing the world today. The blog has three distinct facets to it: Opinions, which are editorial-style pieces providing targeted analysis; Comments, which are shorter thoughts or insights; and Rapid Fire, which are concise responses to questions of interest. The blog is curated by Dr Robert W. Murray.

Recent Events in Russia May Encourage Separatism

Recent Events in Russia May Encourage Separatism

As the West struggles to formulate the next steps in response to the Ukraine crisis, it should also think about the possible development of separatism within Russia.

Time for a New Western Strategy in Ukraine

Time for a New Western Strategy in Ukraine

Western strategy towards the Ukraine crisis has been a failure. Without a dose of deterrence to complement diplomatic efforts, Eastern Europe may share Ukraine’s fate.

Is Argentina Going Totally Blind?

Is Argentina Going Totally Blind?

The proposal by President Cristina Kirchner to abolish the Secretariat of Intelligence, a mainly domestic intelligence service, may make Argentina totally blind.

A New Face of Romania?

A New Face of Romania?

The results of the Fall 2014 presidential elections in Romania came as a surprise, bringing victory to German Lutheran Klaus Johannis and the Romanian diaspora.

Balancing on a Warship

Balancing on a Warship

In a precarious but skilful positioning in its Mistral contract with Russia, France will continue to stand firmly infirm between domestic and international duties.

Winds of Change to Winds of War

Winds of Change to Winds of War

Just 25 years ago the world believed in the definitive victory of liberalism, freedom, democracy and peace. However, the post-Berlin Wall journey has not fulfilled that ideal.

Assisting Afghanistan: Will Aid Progress, Adapt, or Wither?

Assisting Afghanistan: Will Aid Progress, Adapt, or Wither?

The handover of the Camp Bastion-Leatherneck complex is symbolic of a new phase in assisting Afghanistan. Yet, events within the Middle East risk diverting attentions.

Eight Substrates for a Possible Universal Axiology

Eight Substrates for a Possible Universal Axiology

An agenda that reinforces and demonstrates the history of cultural cross-pollination is key to framing today’s era of continued globalisation in positive terms.

Evolving Canadian Multilateralism

Evolving Canadian Multilateralism

Every state’s foreign policy should be designed to maximize security and pursue national interests. But Canada’s current approach may not lead to the desired outcomes.

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.

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.

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.