Essays

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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?

The Case of the International Monetary Fund and the 2008 Global Financial Crisis

The Case of the International Monetary Fund and the 2008 Global Financial Crisis

The IMF presents a conflict between narrative and policy advice strategy. Has this international financial institution learned lessons from the 2008 Global Crisis?

Perpetuating the Single Reality – the Culture of Rwanda’s Genocide Memorials

Perpetuating the Single Reality – the Culture of Rwanda’s Genocide Memorials

Rwanda’s national genocide memorials have proved detrimental to their stated goal of memorialization, undermining the process for the Rwandan people.

Spaces of Exception and Refusal? The Borderzone of Mexico/US

Spaces of Exception and Refusal? The Borderzone of Mexico/US

The Mexico/US borderzone is both a space of exception and refusal, rooted in a history of racial discourse and capitalist supremacy.

The United States and the Status Quo:  Is Hegemonic Satisfaction Innate?

The United States and the Status Quo: Is Hegemonic Satisfaction Innate?

This essay seeks to refine Organski’s Power Transition Theory by decoupling the dominant state from the world system it embodies.

The Nuclear Weapons Anachronism: A Historical Perspective

The Nuclear Weapons Anachronism: A Historical Perspective

With the existence of international norms on the prohibition of other WMD, why has one not emerged for nuclear weapons?

Hezbollah: At the Crossroads of Religion and Politics

Hezbollah: At the Crossroads of Religion and Politics

Hezbollah is at a crossroads in Syria, where its web of identities is in danger of coming undone.

Ya Basta! A Case for Social Movements in Critical Norm Research

Ya Basta! A Case for Social Movements in Critical Norm Research

A critical approach to norms opens a new avenue for the field to study the contributions of social movements to International Relations.

Taming the ‘Wild West’: The Role of International Norms in Cyberspace

Taming the ‘Wild West’: The Role of International Norms in Cyberspace

An social constructivist analysis of emergent cyber-security norms illustrates the process of norm construction in the international security realm.

The Effect of the Intervention in Libya on the International Debate about Syria

The Effect of the Intervention in Libya on the International Debate about Syria

The intervention in Libya was seen by non-Western states as a dangerous legal precedent undermining the status state sovereignty had been given under international law.

Gender and Violence: Feminist Theories, Deadly Economies and Damaging Discourse

Gender and Violence: Feminist Theories, Deadly Economies and Damaging Discourse

Violent hegemonic masculinity harms women and girls, men and boys, as well as transgender and gender queer groups. Feminist theories need to become more inclusive.

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