Essays

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Has the 2014-2015 Ebola epidemic in West Africa been securitized?

Has the 2014-2015 Ebola epidemic in West Africa been securitized?

The sociological approach to securitization is useful for understanding the Liberian and Sierra Leonean governments’ attempts to securitize the 2014-15 Ebola outbreak.

Gacaca court in Rwamagana district. A ma n accusing another

Truth Commissions and the Mental Health of Victims

Testifying before truth-telling mechanisms, such as truth commissions and gacaca, can cause psychological harm to the participants.

US-China Relations in Cyberspace: The Benefits and Limits of a Realist Analysis

US-China Relations in Cyberspace: The Benefits and Limits of a Realist Analysis

Offensive realism provides a useful framework for considering the national security rivalry in cyberspace and illuminates the current security competition.

A Just Cause? The Eastern Interpretation of Just War Theory

A Just Cause? The Eastern Interpretation of Just War Theory

Western ‘Just War Theory’ has influenced International Relations for centuries, but is significantly different to the Indian and Chinese interpretation.

Image by Nichollas Harrison

Indonesian Nationalism and Postcolonial Colonialism: Enduring Legacies for Papua

Postcolonial colonialism has been perpetrated by the Indonesian State, its ruling apparatus and other domestic and foreign stakeholders in the disputed province of Papua.

Banners showing the flag of Japan

Japan: The ‘Normal’ Pacifist

Tokyo’s pacifism is best understood not as a capitulating monolithic anomaly, but as one enduring component of a multifaceted and eclectic strategic calculus.

The Impact of the Alternative Trading System to Small Producers

The Impact of the Alternative Trading System to Small Producers

Fairtrade Scheme, while offering slightly better conditions than Free Trade, in the end does not provide truly fair pricing and farming conditions for small producers.

What Moral Justifications Can There Be For Ever Allowing Killing In Wartime?

What Moral Justifications Can There Be For Ever Allowing Killing In Wartime?

The principle of self-defence that can allow for just killing does not hold in the context of war, based on the notion that we should assume that all combatants are just.

The Fateful 52: How the American Media Sensationalized the Iran Hostage Crisis

The Fateful 52: How the American Media Sensationalized the Iran Hostage Crisis

The US media’s generalization of the Iran hostage crisis through a liberal, secular, Western democracy lens marred Iran’s image and influenced US responses to the crisis.

How Does Violence Against Women Manifest? The Case of Post-Conflict Afghanistan

How Does Violence Against Women Manifest? The Case of Post-Conflict Afghanistan

Structural violence helps explain oppression of women caused by conflict but a continuation of patriarchal customs & occidentalist/orientalist agendas also contributes.

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Trabajadores del Ministerio de Salud participan en una jornada de fumigación en la colonia Bethania, zona 7 de la ciudad capital, durante las labores para combatir el mosquito Aedes aegypti, el cual es el vector transmisor de los virus de zika, dengue y chikungunya.
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Securitisation of Zika

The securitisation of the Zika virus in Brazil has been considered as an effective method to prevent it – but this may be an unnecessary step.

The Zika Outbreak: A Public Health Challenge Highlighting Structural Power

The Zika Outbreak: A Public Health Challenge Highlighting Structural Power

The current outbreak of Zika virus disease, centred in Brazil, highlights the population-level fears that can arise in response to infectious disease pandemics.

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