IR Theory and Practice

This blog 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 in-depth analysis; Comments, which are shorter thoughts or insights; and Rapid Fire, which are concise responses to questions of interest.

A Propensity to Ignore? R2P Advocacy and the Crisis in Gaza

A Propensity to Ignore? R2P Advocacy and the Crisis in Gaza

The ignorance by R2P advocacy groups of the situation in Gaza contributes to the perception that the R2P is a selective tool of western states.

How Many Have to Die? Iraq and the Scale of the Crime

How Many Have to Die? Iraq and the Scale of the Crime

The real challenge facing the R2P is that there are multiple ‘manifest failings’ occurring on a range of different scales therefore we should not expect too much from it.

Entropy Versus Thought Traditions: IR Theory Isn’t Dead Yet

Entropy Versus Thought Traditions: IR Theory Isn’t Dead Yet

Despite evidence to the contrary, IR Theory is enjoying a renaissance in novel and dynamic ideas that will keep theorists entertained and debating for years to come.

Crimea: A Problem of and for International Society

Crimea: A Problem of and for International Society

The Crimean crisis is a problem for international society, because the crisis and the reaction to it demonstrates both the existence and the limits of that society.

(Mis)Understanding the Arctic

(Mis)Understanding the Arctic

What is becoming clearer as Arctic political discourse continues to unfold is that IR scholarship is lagging behind in its application to actual Arctic politics.

The Return of the Problem-Solvers

The Return of the Problem-Solvers

When it comes to educating the next generation of policy-makers, there is a problem facing the academy and the crises in Ukraine and Syria demonstrate that.

Rapid Fire: Are Political Scientists Irrelevant?

Rapid Fire: Are Political Scientists Irrelevant?

The contributors to E-IR’s IR Theory and Practice blog discuss whether Nicholas Kristof’s argument surrounding the irrelevance of political scientists rings true.

Sacrificing Defence for Votes in Canada

Sacrificing Defence for Votes in Canada

The recent announcement that Canadian defence capital spending planning for the coming year would be delayed is yet another major blow to Canada’s defence strategy.

China’s “Near Seas” Threat – Less than Meets the Eye?

China’s “Near Seas” Threat – Less than Meets the Eye?

There’s no denying that China has made some important progress in building its military capabilities. But it may be premature to consider it a rival to the US at the moment.

New Site, New Voices, Same Purpose

New Site, New Voices, Same Purpose

The relaunch of this blog is going to introduce some exciting new elements and an all-star cast of regular contributors from across the world to ignite dialogue on key issues.

In Defence of Expertise

In Defence of Expertise

What exactly is an ‘expert’ and with the incredible databases of knowledge available, is there really a need for experts anymore? Further, do they still exist beyond the ivory towers of academia?

Reaffirming the General Assembly’s Futility

Reaffirming the General Assembly’s Futility

In a history plagued with inaction human rights issues and abuses, the UN again proved its ineptitude this week by awarding seats on its Human Rights Council to China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Cuba and Algeria.