Asia/Pacific

The Incompatibility of COIN Warfare and Nation-Building in Iraq and Afghanistan

The Incompatibility of COIN Warfare and Nation-Building in Iraq and Afghanistan

The disjuncture between kinetic elements of American COIN doctrine and the nation-building mission inherent to ‘new’ conflicts lies at the root of ongoing difficulties.

Will Japan Become a Nuclear Weapons Power?

Will Japan Become a Nuclear Weapons Power?

Japan’s non-nuclear policy appears to be a pragmatic realisation of numerous domestic factors, perceptions of regional security, and faith in the US alliance.

UN Peacekeeping: Bangladesh, India and Pakistan’s Troop Contributions

UN Peacekeeping: Bangladesh, India and Pakistan’s Troop Contributions

From a realist perspective, the impressive devotion of top-troop contributors to UN Peacekeeping is rooted in several political, professional, and economic motivations.

The Pursuit of Strategic Stability: An OSCE-like Infrastructure For South Asia

The Pursuit of Strategic Stability: An OSCE-like Infrastructure For South Asia

Modeling a multinational organization on the example of the OSCE is an ideal method for achieving improved regional security for the states in South Asia.

A Tale of Two Partitions: The First Indo-Pakistani War and the Palestine War

A Tale of Two Partitions: The First Indo-Pakistani War and the Palestine War

The potentiality of statehood provided by partition filled the nation building fervor of Hindus, Muslims, Arabs, and Jews.

The Weakening of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The Weakening of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is at best a compromise for indigenous peoples, at worst an attempt by states to maintain structures of injustice.

Uneven and Combined Development & World Systems Analysis: A Combined Approach

Uneven and Combined Development & World Systems Analysis: A Combined Approach

‘World-systems Analysis’ & ‘Uneven and Combined Development’ – when combined & further theorised – provide an illuminating approach to the global system’s functioning.

Indian-occupied Kashmir?

Indian-occupied Kashmir?

In order for the Indian Army to be held accountable for its actions in Kashmir, the people of India must be aware of and sensitised to the human rights abuses committed.

Sino-US Contestation over Regional Hegemony in the Asia-Pacific

Sino-US Contestation over Regional Hegemony in the Asia-Pacific

Although a hegemonic transition remains unlikely within the next two decades, the Asia-Pacific will be a region of Sino-U.S. power competition and increasing instability.

The Effectiveness of Soft & Hard Power in Contemporary International Relations

The Effectiveness of Soft & Hard Power in Contemporary International Relations

‘Hard’ & ‘soft’ power are competing approaches to power in IR. Soft power is increasingly effective & hard power less so; ‘smart power’ offers a promising third strategy.

Negotiating the Convention on Cluster Munitions: Lessons Learnt

Negotiating the Convention on Cluster Munitions: Lessons Learnt

The Convention on Cluster Munitions is a model for future disarmament negotiations due to its patience and focus on humanitarianism and broad engagement.

What is the Principal Object of the International Legal System?

What is the Principal Object of the International Legal System?

Individuals & organizations are increasingly gaining traction in a state-dominant international legal order, a piecemeal process that may result in a global constitution.