Iran’s immense involvement in Iraq is indicative of its historical interest, as well as its wider ambition of being the regional hegemon.
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.
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.
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.
The proposal by President Cristina Kirchner to abolish the Secretariat of Intelligence, a mainly domestic intelligence service, may make Argentina totally blind.
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.
In a precarious but skilful positioning in its Mistral contract with Russia, France will continue to stand firmly infirm between domestic and international duties.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.