Essays

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The Demise of the Sino-Vietnamese Relationship

The Demise of the Sino-Vietnamese Relationship

Walt’s theory of alliances is often used to explain the Sino-Soviet split but the break-down of the Sino-Vietnamese alliance shows more is at play than material interest.

Who is Winning the ‘War on Terror’?

Who is Winning the ‘War on Terror’?

Bush’s ‘war on terror’ was constructed as unwinnable and never-ending, Obama has not successfully proposed a counter-hegemonic discourse with the strength to oppose it.

From Prague to Riga: Has the EU’s Eastern Partnership Been a Failure?

From Prague to Riga: Has the EU’s Eastern Partnership Been a Failure?

With Russia’s intervention in politics of its neighboring states, the EU’s role in the region is now seen differently and so its previous policy requires reassessment.

President George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton launched the Presidential Leadership Scholars program, a partnership between the presidential centers of George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Lyndon B. Johnson.on September 8, 2014. Photo by Paul Morse

Comparing the Foreign Policy Doctrines of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush

Bush’s unilateralism, pre-emption and US primacy displayed a confrontational disposition while Clinton made more of an effort to engage with all corners of the world.

Images Out-Loud: A Visual Approach Challenging the Securitization of Migration

Images Out-Loud: A Visual Approach Challenging the Securitization of Migration

Securitisation literature ignores the links between refugees’ experiences, how their stories are conveyed visually and which images ‘speak’ most powerfully to audiences.

One Belt, One Road and the History of the Maritime Silk Route

One Belt, One Road and the History of the Maritime Silk Route

Through the One Belt One Road initiative, China attempts to reassert itself as a powerful middle kingdom that is central to global trade and international relations.

Please Mind The Gap: Winners and Losers of Neoliberalism in India

Please Mind The Gap: Winners and Losers of Neoliberalism in India

Neoliberalism in India is far from alleviating poverty, it has widened inequality and created a staggering number of losers, roughly the entire agrarian population.

Japan in the Interwar Years: What Caused the Japanese Invasion of China?

Japan in the Interwar Years: What Caused the Japanese Invasion of China?

The intractability of the Japanese army, coupled with defiance of Chinese nationalism, ultimately led to a devastating conflict that resulted in the deaths of millions.

Inconsistency, Hegemony, Colonialism and Genocide: How R2P Failed Libya

Inconsistency, Hegemony, Colonialism and Genocide: How R2P Failed Libya

States’ strategic interests should play no role in deciding where to intervene and who to save.

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Aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (April 23,1999) -- An S-3 "Viking" returns to the busy flight deck of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) following a strike mission. Roosevelt and its embarked carrier air wing are participating in strike missions against the former Yugoslavia in support of NATO Operation Allied Force.  U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Jonathan R. Byrd  (RELEASED)

Was NATO’s decision to militarily intervene in the Kosovo War a ‘last resort’?

The ambiguity of the Just War Theory in the case of NATO’s military intervention in Kosovo has resulted into divided and opposing interpretations.

Culture, Conflict and Proxy Wars: A Macro Clash of Civilizations?

Culture, Conflict and Proxy Wars: A Macro Clash of Civilizations?

Huntington’s Macro Clash of Civilizations has not manifested, and does not look likely to manifest itself in the near future.

Bringing Power to Justice: Rawls Contra Marx and Foucault

Bringing Power to Justice: Rawls Contra Marx and Foucault

Power is brought to justice without violating Rawls’s assumptions, specifically Marxian and Foucauldian power, through Lukes’ three-dimensional framework.

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