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.

Donald Trump as Trickster Clown

Donald Trump as Trickster Clown

Donald Trump fits the paradigm of a “trickster clown”, taking advantage of people who feel confused or alienated during times of transitions.

The Brexit and the Awkward Triangle: Britain, Turkey and the EU

The Brexit and the Awkward Triangle: Britain, Turkey and the EU

Brexit might enable both Ankara and the EU to find a dignified face-saving solution over negotiations which have made little progress.

A Renewed Anglo-american Alliance? Putin’s Potential ‘Bregret’

A Renewed Anglo-american Alliance? Putin’s Potential ‘Bregret’

Following Brexit, as Britain moves away from Europe (in spirit if not body), it will only become more ensconced in its Anglophone cocoon of geopolitical partners.

Brexit and China

Brexit and China

If Brexit was a sharp sign of a global popular revolt against political elites, nothing about it will be reassuring to the Chinese government and Party.

If You Are Worried about Your Safety, Focus Less on Refugees and More on Guns

If You Are Worried about Your Safety, Focus Less on Refugees and More on Guns

The recent Orlando attacks are not about immigration, they are about guns and about a homophobic culture that makes room for violence against the LGBT community.

DAVOS/SWITZERLAND, 26JAN06 - FR: Angelina Jolie, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, Brad Pitt and Kofi Annan, Secretary-General, United Nations, New York with his spouse leaving the session 'A New Mindset for the UN' at the Annual Meeting 2006 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 26, 2006. 
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Angelina Jolie Pitt at LSE: Can Actors Be Effective Educators?

Publicity should not be a reason to stop good intentions; like those of a renowned actress with a strong commitment to raising awareness about refugees.

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

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