Essays

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The Emperor’s New E-Clothes: State Sovereignty in the Cyber-era

The Emperor’s New E-Clothes: State Sovereignty in the Cyber-era

Cyberspace actors operate outside the bounds of the traditional social contract, but cyber sovereigns could emerge under a new conception of sovereignty.

Will Armed Humanitarian Intervention Ever Be Both Lawful and Legitimate?

Will Armed Humanitarian Intervention Ever Be Both Lawful and Legitimate?

At present, armed humanitarian intervention cannot be lawful and legitimate, but conflicts in Libya and Syria show the prospects of a renewed and robust R2P framework.

From ‘Globocop’ to ‘NoGoCop’: Intervention, R2P & Sovereignty in the Chinese Era

From ‘Globocop’ to ‘NoGoCop’: Intervention, R2P & Sovereignty in the Chinese Era

The differences between China and the US with regards to Responsibility to Protect are based on their understandings of sovereignty and legitimate authority.

Toward an Affirmative Critique of Abstraction in International Relations Theory

Toward an Affirmative Critique of Abstraction in International Relations Theory

Dominant abstractions within IR theory are limited in transformative potential, opposing their racialized logics creates a starting point for alternative abstractions.

The Possibility of a Cosmopolitan World Order: An Optimistic View of History

The Possibility of a Cosmopolitan World Order: An Optimistic View of History

A cosmopolitan world order underpinned by democracy is both a possible and a necessary outcome for international relations.

A Comparison of Private Security Contractors & State-Based Armed Forces

A Comparison of Private Security Contractors & State-Based Armed Forces

Private security contractors are on the rise in military conflicts. Are they different to state-based troops?

The Case of the International Monetary Fund and the 2008 Global Financial Crisis

The Case of the International Monetary Fund and the 2008 Global Financial Crisis

The IMF presents a conflict between narrative and policy advice strategy. Has this international financial institution learned lessons from the 2008 Global Crisis?

Perpetuating the Single Reality – the Culture of Rwanda’s Genocide Memorials

Perpetuating the Single Reality – the Culture of Rwanda’s Genocide Memorials

Rwanda’s national genocide memorials have proved detrimental to their stated goal of memorialization, undermining the process for the Rwandan people.

Spaces of Exception and Refusal? The Borderzone of Mexico/US

Spaces of Exception and Refusal? The Borderzone of Mexico/US

The Mexico/US borderzone is both a space of exception and refusal, rooted in a history of racial discourse and capitalist supremacy.

The United States and the Status Quo:  Is Hegemonic Satisfaction Innate?

The United States and the Status Quo: Is Hegemonic Satisfaction Innate?

This essay seeks to refine Organski’s Power Transition Theory by decoupling the dominant state from the world system it embodies.

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