Essays

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Reviewing the Changing Situation of Women in Russian Society

Reviewing the Changing Situation of Women in Russian Society

As the authoritarian grasp tightens in Russia, resistance to heteronormativity and neo-conservative gender rules has become difficult but necessary.

Political Legitimacy in Post-Tiananmen China

Political Legitimacy in Post-Tiananmen China

Tiananmen, although isolated as a catalyst for subsequent domestic reforms in China, was only one of a number of structural factors which led to the China of today.

The Emergence and Cascading of Pope Francis’ Norm of Social Justice

The Emergence and Cascading of Pope Francis’ Norm of Social Justice

Since Pope Francis has restated the importance of social justice, this norm is going through a ‘life cycle’, and Catholics are beginning to accept and act upon it.

Torture and the Failure of the International System

Torture and the Failure of the International System

The prevalence of torture represents a failure of the state-led, sovereignty-based international order. A move beyond torture requires a move beyond sovereignty.

How Have Illicit Drug Trade Networks Undermined Colombia’s Development?

How Have Illicit Drug Trade Networks Undermined Colombia’s Development?

Colombia and international actors must begin tapping into a development policy that recognises the need to bridge political and civil society.

Accounting for the Failure of Russia to Consolidate Democracy

Accounting for the Failure of Russia to Consolidate Democracy

The lack of democratic consensus amongst the political elite is primarily responsible for the democratic impasse in Russia under the leadership of Putin.

Barack Obama: How an ‘Unknown’ Senator Became President of the USA

Barack Obama: How an ‘Unknown’ Senator Became President of the USA

In 2004, few Americans had ever heard of Obama, let alone considered voting for him. Yet, within four years he had been elected president.

What Would a Fair Immigration Policy Look Like?

What Would a Fair Immigration Policy Look Like?

If one denies the right to enter, so too they deny the right to leave; a fair immigration policy is one which employs open borders and relaxed restrictions.

Demographics, Perceptions & the Weakening Securitisation of the US-Mexico Border

Demographics, Perceptions & the Weakening Securitisation of the US-Mexico Border

In recent years, American audiences have grown sceptical on the securitisation of the US-Mexico border, and indeed, the broader discourse on immigration and security.

Strategic Offensive Weapons and the International System

Strategic Offensive Weapons and the International System

Globalization has reduced the importance of space in geopolitics, but Iraq, Iran and North Korea have developed capabilities to increase the value of space.

The Impacts of Rising China on Global Economic Governance

The Impacts of Rising China on Global Economic Governance

Though currently harmonised, China’s preferences as a rising economic power have become an important determinant of global economic governance.

Local Governance and the “Arab Spring”: A Guide to Libya’s Political Transition

Local Governance and the “Arab Spring”: A Guide to Libya’s Political Transition

Assessing the extent and characteristics of the impact of the “Arab Spring” on the political trajectory of Libya has proven a difficult task.