International History

To What Extent Is Neopatrimonialism the Unchanging Way in Which ‘Africa Works’?

To What Extent Is Neopatrimonialism the Unchanging Way in Which ‘Africa Works’?

While neopatrimonialism has been a constant in politics in African states in recent years, its form & content is constantly changing and evolving.

Is Austerity the Cure for Current Economic Problems?

Is Austerity the Cure for Current Economic Problems?

While austerity may have had some success in reducing absolute debt levels in some states, it has been unsuccessful in reducing the magnitude of debt to GDP.

Has the Wave of Revolutions Run its Course?

Has the Wave of Revolutions Run its Course?

Despite its usefulness, the Arendtian theory of revolution suffers through its exclusion of economic freedom, and over-focus on political freedom.

Was the ‘Oil Weapon’ Effective in Achieving the Arab States’ Goals in 1973–74?

Was the ‘Oil Weapon’ Effective in Achieving the Arab States’ Goals in 1973–74?

While the Oil Weapon enjoyed some success, it was ultimately a political debacle, and few of the goals envisioned by the OAPEC states were achieved.

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 Asian Development State: An Evaluation

The Asian Development State: An Evaluation

The Asian Development State emerged after WWII as an alternative and effective model of economic development when compared to the dominant US model.

The Challenges of British Counterinsurgency in Helmand – Why did it go so Wrong?

The Challenges of British Counterinsurgency in Helmand – Why did it go so Wrong?

Britain exhibited a lack of adhesion to the rules and maxims posited by classical COIN theory and subsequently faced many challenges.

Popular Culture & the Representation of Women’s ‘Agency’ During Indian Partition

Popular Culture & the Representation of Women’s ‘Agency’ During Indian Partition

From popular culture in India, we can identify examples of the strategic deployment of women’s agency. Discussions of agency are necessary for feminist resistance.

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.

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.

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.