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Does Realism Constitute a Recipe for a More Dangerous World?

Does Realism Constitute a Recipe for a More Dangerous World?

Criticisms that Realism constitutes a recipe for a dangerous world are misplaced, and are largely based upon inaccurately viewing neorealism and realism as synonymous.

Post-Communist Transitions and Military Conflict in Asia

Post-Communist Transitions and Military Conflict in Asia

In China, Laos, and Vietnam, the move from planned to market-oriented economies has increased free trade and diminished levels of international conflict and hostility.

Legitimacy and the US-led Invasion of Iraq

Legitimacy and the US-led Invasion of Iraq

The existence of legitimate norms & principles within international society did, in fact, exert influence over the US’ behaviour in its 2003 invasion of Iraq.

The Asian Tigers from Independence to Industrialisation

The Asian Tigers from Independence to Industrialisation

Do the lessons learned from the rapid economic growth of the Tigers from the 1960s through the 1990s have a practical application in contemporary development?

Does the Latin American Left Offer a Post-Neoliberal Alternative?

Does the Latin American Left Offer a Post-Neoliberal Alternative?

The role of the state as the facilitator of capitalist interests has limited the Bolivian government in its ability to initiate a break from neoliberal economics.

Are High Levels of Violent Crime Inevitable After a Civil War?

Are High Levels of Violent Crime Inevitable After a Civil War?

The emergence of violent crime after war should be considered as the product of a multiplicity of sources associated with conflict and with larger structural dynamics.

A Critical Analysis of Walt’s Concept of Security

A Critical Analysis of Walt’s Concept of Security

Whilst Walt’s concept of security may be limited in scope, he nevertheless offers valuable and sobering guidance to security studies.

Why Did the Soviet Union Invade Afghanistan in 1979?

Why Did the Soviet Union Invade Afghanistan in 1979?

The USSR’s invasion of Afghanistan was the result of an intertwined set of concerns and interests within Moscow, rather than socialist internationalism or prestige.

An Examination of Russia’s Foreign Policy Through The Clash of Civilizations

An Examination of Russia’s Foreign Policy Through The Clash of Civilizations

Russia’s actions of late are difficult to understand through traditional paradigms, but Huntington’s Clash of Civilization paradigm offers a holistic view of the crisis.

The Effects of the Mexican Drug Trade over the Past Sixty Years

The Effects of the Mexican Drug Trade over the Past Sixty Years

Drug trade has manufactured a deterioration of the federal state, but alarmist discourse conflates heterogeneous local effects with political issues at the national level

Liberalism, Neoliberalism and Corruption: a Critical Genealogy

Liberalism, Neoliberalism and Corruption: a Critical Genealogy

Proponents of liberalism will usually view liberalism as anti-corruption. History suggests something more complex – liberalism’s relationship to corruption is ambiguous.

Unmasking China’s Assertive Behaviour in the Maritime Sphere

Unmasking China’s Assertive Behaviour in the Maritime Sphere

China’s assertive behaviour in the South China Sea (SCS) and East China Sea (ECS) is primarily motivated by nationalism and economic interests.