Essays

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The Resilience of Authoritarianism in Iran After the 2009 Election

The Resilience of Authoritarianism in Iran After the 2009 Election

Examining how structural, societal and internal social factors maintain the legitimacy and durability of authoritarianism in Iran – quelling even the 2009 protests.

Image by Abayomi Azikiwe

Saudi Arabia and the Regionalization of Yemen’s Conflict

Saudi Arabia’s military intervention in Yemen has led to the regionalization of Yemen’s war resulting in significant implications for the region as a whole.

Assessing the Relationship between Power and Morality in Nonviolent Action

Assessing the Relationship between Power and Morality in Nonviolent Action

Nonviolent action can simultaneously be pragmatic in its power to achieve the desired goal and principled by being rooted initially in morality.

Examining the Dynamics of Decolonisation in Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth

Examining the Dynamics of Decolonisation in Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth

Despite the centrality of violence to Fanon’s theses on decolonisation, he recognises the dangers, physical and psychological, of violence without a cause.

A Gendered Critique of the Role of Spectacular Violence in Al Qaeda

A Gendered Critique of the Role of Spectacular Violence in Al Qaeda

Al Qaeda’s construction of masculinity has given meaning to the use of spectacular violence as a tool for the restoration of a damaged sense of masculinity.

The Legality of Russian Airstrikes in Syria and ‘Intervention by Invitation’

The Legality of Russian Airstrikes in Syria and ‘Intervention by Invitation’

Examining the legality of Russia’s claim of ‘intervention by invitation’ & the validity of such a principle when a country fails to respect norms of international law.

Image by US Department of State

Discrete Diplomacy: Oman and the Iran Nuclear Deal

Exploring Oman’s mediating role in facilitating the initial US-Iranian talks reveals how it can aid the US’s strategic goals in the Persian Gulf and the Middle East.

The Crime-Terror Nexus: Ideology’s Misleading Role in Islamist Terrorist Groups

The Crime-Terror Nexus: Ideology’s Misleading Role in Islamist Terrorist Groups

The Salafist-Jihadist ideology in modern terrorist groups, such as ISIS and Al Qaeda, serves as a disguise for the criminal motivations of money, power, and status.

Can Offers Ever Restrict Freedom?

Can Offers Ever Restrict Freedom?

When distinguishing between threats, offers and how a proposal restricts freedom, a successful account must involve both perlocutionary and illocutionary assessments.

Allison’s Slow “Waltz” with Structure in Foreign Policy Analysis

Allison’s Slow “Waltz” with Structure in Foreign Policy Analysis

Graham Allison’s Bureaucratic Politics model suggests that structure also operates within the framework of a sub-unit system, thus diminishing levels of agency.

The Shadows of Tiananmen: Chinese Foreign Policy and Human Rights

The Shadows of Tiananmen: Chinese Foreign Policy and Human Rights

Since Tiananmen Square 1989, China’s understanding of the significant yet contingent power of human rights discourse has guided much of its foreign policy on the subject.

Responsibility to Protect and its Neo-Imperialist Implications

Responsibility to Protect and its Neo-Imperialist Implications

Any form of humanitarian intervention will seek to impose a one-sided narrative of stability and security, which are, by default, culturally and regionally not uniform.

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