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 is curated by Dr Robert W. Murray.

An Historical Context of Brexit

An Historical Context of Brexit

UK’s historiography of political relations with Europe can add much to our understanding of the current contentious debate on the UK’s place in (or out) of the EU.

Recent Developments toward a Chinese School of IR Theory

Recent Developments toward a Chinese School of IR Theory

Chinese IR scholars continue to move ahead toward a Chinese school of IR theory.

Notes from 1951 on the Refugee Crisis

Notes from 1951 on the Refugee Crisis

Hannah Arendt’s reflections on the refugee problem in 1930’s Europe, written in 1951, have an eerie resonance with the refugee problem today

Is a Chinese Maritime Judicial Centre Credible?

Is a Chinese Maritime Judicial Centre Credible?

The maritime judicial centre represents China’s intentions to no longer accept international rule making and judging, but to put its own version of things forward.

The Nuclear Deal Was Not for Mending Frayed Iran-US Relations

The Nuclear Deal Was Not for Mending Frayed Iran-US Relations

The signing of the nuclear deal was driven by some immediate interests of Iran as well as the US, leaving deep strategic and political differences unaddressed.

Sanctioning the DPRK? This Time It’s All about Implementation Not Design

Sanctioning the DPRK? This Time It’s All about Implementation Not Design

There are reasons to doubt whether extended sanctions against North Korea will produce the outcomes that key players want to achieve

Xi Jinping’s UK Visit Raises Questions about How to Deal with a Rising China

Xi Jinping’s UK Visit Raises Questions about How to Deal with a Rising China

President Xi’s active global diplomacy is not so much about what China wants and does, but how the international community responds to the new China

The Iran-Iraq War: The Use of Religion as a Tool

The Iran-Iraq War: The Use of Religion as a Tool

Throughout history religion has effectively served as an instrument or even a weapon of war. This strategy was also used during the Iran-Iraq war

Global Ambition and National Differentiation in the Paris Agreement and the SDGs

Global Ambition and National Differentiation in the Paris Agreement and the SDGs

The apparent success in reaching the Paris Agreement as well as the UN sustainable development goals should be treated with caution

UK-China Relations: A New Model of Influence?

UK-China Relations: A New Model of Influence?

It will be some time before the effects of the UK’s recent investment engagement strategy towards China become clear; if it pays off it may be a new template of influence

Iran Is Part of the Problem, Part of the Solution

Iran Is Part of the Problem, Part of the Solution

Geostrategic reality, shrewd political moves and the short-sighted policies of its adversaries have enhanced the role of Iran in any future dispensation in Syria.

After Paris: What Should (Not) Be Done?

After Paris: What Should (Not) Be Done?

In the wake of the Paris events, thinking more carefully about the contexts of these terror attacks is a useful start to normalising responses to terrorism.

Testing the Waters in the South China Sea

Testing the Waters in the South China Sea

Reactions to US operations in the South China Sea demonstrate that China and the United States seem to have established a working protocol for issues they disagree on

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