Essays

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The Future Prospects of the U.S.-Japan Security Alliance: A Two-Handed Strategy

The Future Prospects of the U.S.-Japan Security Alliance: A Two-Handed Strategy

The US-Japan security alliance is at a crossroads. A “two-handed” strategy of intensifying security cooperation while engaging a rising China is the best way forward.

Grievances, Strategies, and Demands of the Contemporary Chinese Labour Movement

Grievances, Strategies, and Demands of the Contemporary Chinese Labour Movement

The Chinese state’s capitalist transformation in the 1970’s primed the current exploitation of rural workers, which has resulted in sizable labor movement protests.

Is China the New Hegemon of East Asia?

Is China the New Hegemon of East Asia?

China, despite its aspirations for renewed dominance in East Asia, is not yet in a position to challenge the United States’ military pre-eminence in the Western Pacific.

Do Contemporary Practices of Schooling Reinforce Colonial Relations of Power?

Do Contemporary Practices of Schooling Reinforce Colonial Relations of Power?

Contemporary practices of schooling reflect ethnocentrism as universal truth, reinforcing power relations that resulted from colonial rule by maintaining binaries.

The Iraqi Disarmament Crisis: What Lessons Can Be Learned?

The Iraqi Disarmament Crisis: What Lessons Can Be Learned?

This detailed case study of the Iraqi disarmament crisis considers where international actors went wrong and what lessons need to be learned to avoid future crises.

Linking the Diffusion of Military Ideas to Human Rights Violations at EU Borders

Linking the Diffusion of Military Ideas to Human Rights Violations at EU Borders

The EU border agency Frontex shows how the diffusion of military technology and ideas can potentially lead to human rights violations.

Can We Ever Fully Secure “My” Spaces?

Can We Ever Fully Secure “My” Spaces?

The question of security is ever topical, and this essay addresses the ‘my’ of spaces and how we can conceptualise them.

Authoritarian Difussion and the Failure of the “Colour Revolutions” to Spread

Authoritarian Difussion and the Failure of the “Colour Revolutions” to Spread

Can the concept of “Authoritarian Difussion” explain the unsuccessful spread of the colour revolution and the repressive measures that illiberal regimes have taken after?

Building New Understandings? Development and the World ‘Knowledge’ Bank

Building New Understandings? Development and the World ‘Knowledge’ Bank

The World Bank uses its knowledge production to forward an understanding of development that is conducive to the extension of capital.

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Silent Birangonas: Sexual Violence, Women’s Voices and Male Conflict Narratives

The experience of Bangladesh’s Birangona women show the influence of gendered narratives of war, culture and nationalism in conflict.

Strategy Not Sacrilege: State Terrorism as an Element of Foreign Policy

Strategy Not Sacrilege: State Terrorism as an Element of Foreign Policy

Relying on case studies of Pakistan and the U.S., this essay argues that the state’s use of terrorism be more fully integrated into the study of foreign policy.

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