Thoughts from the Global Periphery – With Peter Vale

In far-off days, IR and its -speak was said to be a way of building a prosperous, peaceful world. Today, however, seemingly different understandings of the international are finding it difficult to speak to each other. Thoughts from the Global Periphery, with Professor Peter Vale, is interested in exploring what has happened, why, and to what effect. And, of course, what this means for IR scholarship.

Re-discovering Kwame Nkrumah

The recent centenary of the birth of Kwame Nkrumah, the first President of Ghana, passed without murmur in this little corner of the continent. Why this happened has both puzzled and, yes, hurt me a little.

Cartoons and International Relations

Perhaps the energetic young folk running this interesting website might run more IR cartoons and, who knows, the ISA or BISA might invite cartoonists to talk on their takes on our world.

Understanding the fall of the wall and other time tales

The 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall offers has understandably generated a number of opportunities to look backwards to what happened, and to ask why it was that IR specialists seemed unable to see what was coming.

Migration and State-making: Explaining Xenophobia in South Africa

Migration and State-making: Explaining Xenophobia in South Africa

What has become of the idea of the Rainbow Nation, the triumphant trope broadcast by the irrepressible Nobel Laureate, Desmond Tutu, and in which all the country’s people, under Nelson Mandela, rejoiced?

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