IR Theory and Practice – With E-International Relations

IR Theory and Practice features short contributions from scholars around the globe providing timely, expert and tangible insights on some of the most pivotal issues facing International Relations. The aim of the blog is to connect the body of IR scholarship with the policy world, showing how ideas have impact. The blog is curated by the E-IR editorial team.

China’s Emergence as a Naval Power

China’s Emergence as a Naval Power

China’s dedication to securing its own naval power has now entered a totally new realm, and those of us who measure capabilities must now reevaluate China’s place in the international system.

Reflecting on 9/11

Reflecting on 9/11

On the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we must remember those innocent victims who lost their lives on that day and reflect on the much larger numbers of civilians and soldiers that have perished in the reactions to it.

The Race that Never Was?

The Race that Never Was?

To some, the Arctic represents the unknown, new opportunities, and the future; to others, the Arctic represents little more than a barren and frozen region that matters little in the grand scheme of world affairs.

Building Theory Through History

Building Theory Through History

The biggest shortcoming of IR students is their lack of historical background. If this problem was corrected, it would greatly help their efforts at understanding the world around them.

Turning Back the Clock in Great Power Politics

Turning Back the Clock in Great Power Politics

The collapse of the USSR ushered in the unipolar moment of IR and meant that traditional approaches to understanding the world immediately became antiquated, or did it?

Syria as Proof of the Unipolar Illusion

Syria as Proof of the Unipolar Illusion

Unipolarity is ending quicker than most imagined. If unipolarity was as prevalent now as it was in the 1990s, Russia would likely not challenge the United States over Syria.

A Realist Revival

A Realist Revival

While IR has grown far beyond its boundaries, the plurality of what we refer to as “international relations” has changed so dramatically that it is difficult for students to decide exactly where they should fall on the spectrum.

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