Thoughts from the Global Periphery – With Peter Vale

Thoughts from the Global Periphery by Professor Peter Vale

Sacred Cows and the Idea of Political Economy in Southern Africa

Sacred Cows and the Idea of Political Economy in Southern Africa

South African politics must move beyond narrow thinking and recognise political economy as a tool not only for sound analysis, but also for good policy-making.

Lessons From WWI

Lessons From WWI

Next year marks the Centenary of the First World War. Watching the tragic events unfold in Syria provokes one to think of the lessons learned from the carnage brought about by WWI.

Fifty Years On, Midway Through the Cuban Missile Crisis: A Report Card

Fifty Years On, Midway Through the Cuban Missile Crisis: A Report Card

The Cuban Missile Crisis remains of great interest to scholars, but a lack of public interest suggests that understanding how humans make history takes a little longer.

Understanding the World 50 Years Hence

Understanding the World 50 Years Hence

It has become apparent how dependent IR is on hiding behind jargon. The work of economic historians provides a valuable guide to making things more intelligible.

Responsibility for Anders Breivik

Responsibility for Anders Breivik

The Norwegians may be living through a painful ordeal, or switching off, as they choose. Yet, the truth is that we are all responsible for Breivik and this terrible crime against humanity.

Postcard From the IR Zone

Postcard From the IR Zone

Will the IR-Zone always be, as Stanley Hoffman noted, an American discipline? Something other than an obsession with exercising America’s place and power in the world?

Honouring Mandela’s Legacy

Honouring Mandela’s Legacy

South Africa’s achievements rest on interdependence and an unwavering belief in constitutionalism. This is Nelson Mandela’s lasting legacy.

Remembering Dag Hammarskjöld

Remembering Dag Hammarskjöld

This September will mark the 50th Anniversary of Hammarskjöld’s death in a plane-crash in the country now called Zambia. A Swedish diplomat, economist, and author, he was an early Secretary-General of the United Nations. How should we remember his life and his work?

A hectic season for IR junkies

This is a hectic season for IR junkies – another American-led war, several new African catastrophes, another crisis over the Euro, and (perhaps, best of all) the return of the nuclear issue. As these have arisen I’ve been wondering what kind of a creature IR is in the aftermath of […]

Tortured Ideas: a response to Harvey Sapolsky

IR – SO, WHO IS IT FOR? It is often said that the study of International Relations is either for the world’s people or for national politics. This cliché usefully explains the chasm between Harvey Sapolsky and myself. And anyone reading his Blogs and my own will recognise that we […]

Tortured Ideas: The responsibility of IR scholars

Tortured Ideas: The responsibility of IR scholars

Those eager to advise the prince often take the logic of Realist IR into dark places where fateful decisions are made. Why are so few voices in IR raised in dissent? And what must/should happen to those who carried the craft towards those fateful moments? And, most importantly, what’s to be done?

So, whatever happened to the idea of globalisation?

Now, happily, it seems the Globalisation has run its course. Gone from the local conversation and largely gone too from the discipline’s lexicon. What will replace it? Any guesses?