Essays

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Security State Logic and Neoliberal Splendor: The Treasure Trove Border

Security State Logic and Neoliberal Splendor: The Treasure Trove Border

The United States has created a paradoxical border with Mexico by restricting the flow of people while at the same time encouraging the free-flow of goods and capital.

Anti-Smuggling Operations in the Central Mediterranean

Anti-Smuggling Operations in the Central Mediterranean

This essay addresses the challenges raised by the uncertainty of the legal framework and the dubious practices of operations dealing with migrant smuggling into the EU.

Engaging the Insecure Pariah: North Korea’s Nuclear Ambitions

Engaging the Insecure Pariah: North Korea’s Nuclear Ambitions

US and China should recognise and mitigate North Korea’s insecurities to establish a constructive dialogue to dissolve tensions regarding Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions.

Terrorist Groups and the ‘Oxygen of Publicity’

Terrorist Groups and the ‘Oxygen of Publicity’

Rapidly changing media environment provides terrorists with the type of publicity they need to fulfill their goals.

How Global is Security Studies? The Possibility of “Non-Western” Theory

How Global is Security Studies? The Possibility of “Non-Western” Theory

The current search for a global or “non-Western” security studies is futile as the discipline was inherently made, not for the “globe”, but by and for the West.

The Legitimisation of Australia’s Deterrent Migration Policy

The Legitimisation of Australia’s Deterrent Migration Policy

This essay analyses the ways in which Australian authorities legitimise their deterrence regulations in relation to international refugee legal standards.

IPE and Transnational Criminal Law: An Imperfect Yet Fruitful Relationship

IPE and Transnational Criminal Law: An Imperfect Yet Fruitful Relationship

Transnational criminal law can contribute to the field of International Political Economy through the integration of ideas related to international financial crime.

The Emperor’s New E-Clothes: State Sovereignty in the Cyber-era

The Emperor’s New E-Clothes: State Sovereignty in the Cyber-era

Cyberspace actors operate outside the bounds of the traditional social contract, but cyber sovereigns could emerge under a new conception of sovereignty.

Will Armed Humanitarian Intervention Ever Be Both Lawful and Legitimate?

Will Armed Humanitarian Intervention Ever Be Both Lawful and Legitimate?

At present, armed humanitarian intervention cannot be lawful and legitimate, but conflicts in Libya and Syria show the prospects of a renewed and robust R2P framework.

From ‘Globocop’ to ‘NoGoCop’: Intervention, R2P & Sovereignty in the Chinese Era

From ‘Globocop’ to ‘NoGoCop’: Intervention, R2P & Sovereignty in the Chinese Era

The differences between China and the US with regards to Responsibility to Protect are based on their understandings of sovereignty and legitimate authority.

Toward an Affirmative Critique of Abstraction in International Relations Theory

Toward an Affirmative Critique of Abstraction in International Relations Theory

Dominant abstractions within IR theory are limited in transformative potential, opposing their racialized logics creates a starting point for alternative abstractions.

The Possibility of a Cosmopolitan World Order: An Optimistic View of History

The Possibility of a Cosmopolitan World Order: An Optimistic View of History

A cosmopolitan world order underpinned by democracy is both a possible and a necessary outcome for international relations.

A Comparison of Private Security Contractors & State-Based Armed Forces

A Comparison of Private Security Contractors & State-Based Armed Forces

Private security contractors are on the rise in military conflicts. Are they different to state-based troops?

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