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The Impact of Nationalism on Chinese Foreign Policy Towards Japan

The Impact of Nationalism on Chinese Foreign Policy Towards Japan

In China, the CCP promotes the narrative of humiliation as part of a nationalist discourse, projecting opposition outwards and making the CCP a harbinger of stability.

Neo-rationalism: A Third Way? How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the “Isms”

Neo-rationalism: A Third Way? How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the “Isms”

Neo-rationalism describes a third approach to the teaching of IR that combines the most positive elements of “rationalism” and current paradigmatic approaches.

Death from above: Drones, Visuality and the Politics of Killing

Death from above: Drones, Visuality and the Politics of Killing

The drone camera, and the drone vision it produces, has a complex and nuanced impact on the psychology of killing in war.

Can the Work of Hannah Arendt Help Us Understand Contemporary Conflicts?

Can the Work of Hannah Arendt Help Us Understand Contemporary Conflicts?

While some of Arendt’s description of power and violence are undoubtedly relevant, the same themes and actions are found elsewhere in the study of contemporary conflict.

NATO’s Comprehensive Approach in Afghanistan: Origins, Development, and Outcome

NATO’s Comprehensive Approach in Afghanistan: Origins, Development, and Outcome

The peace operations of the 1990s, Danish initiative-taking, several NATO summits, and Obama’s election were all factors that led to the adoption of the CA by NATO.

Are Negotiations for the Paris Climate Meeting in 2015 Likely to Succeed?

Are Negotiations for the Paris Climate Meeting in 2015 Likely to Succeed?

The hybrid and cumulative approach in the lead up to Paris appears to be the most promising mechanism for global political cooperation since the Copenhagen Accord of 2009

The Merits of Treating Severe and Systemic Poverty as a Human Rights Violation

The Merits of Treating Severe and Systemic Poverty as a Human Rights Violation

Some of the merits of treating extreme poverty as a human rights violation empower the poor, assign accountability. and ensure non-discrimination.

The Eurozone Crisis and the CSDP: The Problem of Public Opinion

The Eurozone Crisis and the CSDP: The Problem of Public Opinion

If the EU is hoping to further integrate security and defense polices from an intergovernmental level to a supranational level, then it must take seriously public support

Unknown Knowns:  A Groupthink Model on the U.S. Decision to go to War In Iraq

Unknown Knowns: A Groupthink Model on the U.S. Decision to go to War In Iraq

There are clear indications that the decision making process in the buildup to the War in Iraq was influenced by groupthink, which ultimately led to a poor outcome.

Did the Founding Fathers Fail to Consider the Process of Policy Implementation?

Did the Founding Fathers Fail to Consider the Process of Policy Implementation?

The Constitution of the Founding Fathers does not neglect the implementation of policy as its flexible nature allows governmental power to be sufficiently restrained.

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Is Recent Asylum Migration Threatening Europe?

Asylum seekers in the collective unconscious are perceived as a threat as numerous social and political platforms may push nationalist and sometimes, racist sentiments.

Neo-realism and Structural Liberalism: Can Anarchy Really Be Transcended?

Neo-realism and Structural Liberalism: Can Anarchy Really Be Transcended?

With force employed as primary resort in international politics, how does the structural liberal argument of overcoming anarchy apply?