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Guns v. Butter: Differentiating Armaments in International Relations

Guns v. Butter: Differentiating Armaments in International Relations

There are plenty of differences between arms and other economic goods, but most of these differences are not fundamental: they are differences in degree, not in type.

Monetary Sovereignty under the Gold Standard – The Case of the Ottoman Empire

Monetary Sovereignty under the Gold Standard – The Case of the Ottoman Empire

Increasing indebtedness and severe crises caused the Ottoman Empire to lose monetary sovereignty, culminating with the adoption of a limping gold standard.

The Three Images of the Syrian Civil War

The Three Images of the Syrian Civil War

Employing Waltz’s three images in ‘Man the State and War’ as a methodological framework helps guide analysis of the Syrian civil war, but fails to provide direct answers.

The Falklands War: Differing Causes of Conflict

The Falklands War: Differing Causes of Conflict

Explaining the occurrence of the Falklands War through diversionary theory, competing sovereignty claims and Fearon’s exploration of the contraction of bargaining ranges.

Revisiting Political Culture: Libyan and Tunisian Post-Revolutionary Transitions

Revisiting Political Culture: Libyan and Tunisian Post-Revolutionary Transitions

Analysing Libya & Tunisia reveals the important role of political culture in their democratic transitions & the pitfalls of applying ‘universal’ democratic institutions.

Is Rentier State Theory Sufficient to Explain the Politics of the UAE?

Is Rentier State Theory Sufficient to Explain the Politics of the UAE?

Because Rentier State Theory insufficiently explains the politics of the UAE, a marrying of Constructivism and RST are needed to best capture the politics of the UAE.

Afro-American Ethnic Development in Latin America

Afro-American Ethnic Development in Latin America

Afro-Latino communities in Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico are mobilising a diverse socio-political identity to challenge a deep-rooted history of discrimination.

Is There Really a Significant Policy Implementation Problem in the EU?

Is There Really a Significant Policy Implementation Problem in the EU?

EU’s major policy implementation problem is widely recognized, and should be combated through continuously combining plurilateral and hierarchical modes of EU governance.

Hasan al-Banna and the Political Ideologisation of Islam in the 20th Century

Hasan al-Banna and the Political Ideologisation of Islam in the 20th Century

Hasan al-Banna, founder of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, has played a significant role in the political ideologisation of Islam in the twentieth century.

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Globalization: A Created Mechanism for the Restructuring of Developing States

Globalization tends to work to the detriment of developing states and has been a powerful tool employed by Northern states with a recent proliferation of modern players.

National Security Strategy: A Case Favoring the Current Global Threat Environment

National Security Strategy: A Case Favoring the Current Global Threat Environment

As states’ absolute power declines and shared threats rise, the NSS becomes more important for the transition to multipolarism and coordination between disparate powers.

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A “Major Terrorist Event” Case Study: Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012

The Benghazi attacks ultimately assisted in the ongoing destabilisation of post-Gaddafi Libya, and advanced multiple extremist Islamist causes.