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The Asian Development State: An Evaluation

The Asian Development State: An Evaluation

The Asian Development State emerged after WWII as an alternative and effective model of economic development when compared to the dominant US model.

Presidential War Powers in Vietnam

Presidential War Powers in Vietnam

With Johnson’s executive mandate for war and Nixon’s justification of executive authority, the Vietnam War set a dangerous precedent for presidential war powers.

Shared Concerns with Opposite Outcomes:  Myanmar and DPRK on China’s Border

Shared Concerns with Opposite Outcomes: Myanmar and DPRK on China’s Border

The shared threat of China provides an interesting and underutilized way to examine the strategic decision to pursue reform or retrenchment in North Korea and Myanmar.

The Challenges of British Counterinsurgency in Helmand – Why did it go so Wrong?

The Challenges of British Counterinsurgency in Helmand – Why did it go so Wrong?

Britain exhibited a lack of adhesion to the rules and maxims posited by classical COIN theory and subsequently faced many challenges.

Does Gender Shape the War System and Vice Versa?

Does Gender Shape the War System and Vice Versa?

Contemporary perceptions of combatants underline how the masculine–aggressive and feminine–passive nexus still lies at the heart of gender and the war system.

To What Extent is the EU a Power In and Through Trade?

To What Extent is the EU a Power In and Through Trade?

Although the EU is a major civilian and normative power in and through trade, it is conflicted within and faces external challenges from an increasingly multipolar world.

Syrian Refugee Women in Lebanon: Gendering Violence through Johan Galtung   

Syrian Refugee Women in Lebanon: Gendering Violence through Johan Galtung  

By utilising gender as a key conceptual tool of analysis, different dimensions of the impact of the Syrian conflict on displaced populations can be examined.

Evaluate the Role of Utopian Thinking in Green Political Thought

Evaluate the Role of Utopian Thinking in Green Political Thought

As a mode of thinking, ‘Utopia’ is a crucial part of Green political thought and a mark of its distinctiveness.

How Have Austerity Measures Undermined Peruvian Women’s Reproductive Rights?

How Have Austerity Measures Undermined Peruvian Women’s Reproductive Rights?

Under the guise of women’s ‘empowerment’ and and ‘rights to ones own body,’ Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori disguised the economic ideology of the regime.

Popular Culture & the Representation of Women’s ‘Agency’ During Indian Partition

Popular Culture & the Representation of Women’s ‘Agency’ During Indian Partition

From popular culture in India, we can identify examples of the strategic deployment of women’s agency. Discussions of agency are necessary for feminist resistance.

Contemporary U.S. Foreign Policy Trends and Interactions with Native Americans

Contemporary U.S. Foreign Policy Trends and Interactions with Native Americans

Certain trends in American foreign policy can be better understood when seen as framed by the context of interactions with Native Americans

Balancing the Rights of Sovereign States With Those of Secessionist Movements

Balancing the Rights of Sovereign States With Those of Secessionist Movements

For secession, the balance of rights, despite a shift towards a more ‘liberal’ international law in recent years, should remain in the favour of (just) sovereign states.