Asia/Pacific (students)

Neo-Nationalism in the Foreign Policy of the Putin/Medvedev Regime

Neo-Nationalism in the Foreign Policy of the Putin/Medvedev Regime

Neo-nationalist rhetoric & symbolism, especially of Russia as a great power (Velikaya Derzhava), is central to the foreign policy strategy of the Putin/Medvedev regime.

Theory-Practice Interplay of Conflict Resolution: The 2008 Russo-Georgian War

Theory-Practice Interplay of Conflict Resolution: The 2008 Russo-Georgian War

The Medvedev-Sarkozy plan failed to establish a lasting peace due to its deterministic nature. A constructivist approach might help change the attitudes of rival parties.

The State of Exception

The State of Exception

The ‘State of Exception’ is a reaction to threats against government and society, but this ‘state’ is also a threat to minorities, as seen in France and Pakistan.

Image By NViktor

Why Have Iran and North Korea Had Different Nuclear Postures to Sanctions?

The alternative cultures and regime types of Iran and North Korea are the main reasons behind the disparate responses to economic sanctions in the 2010s.

A 106-year-old Armenian woman sits in front of her home guarding it with a rifle, in the village of Degh, near the border of Azerbaijan. 1990.

Reconciling Gender in Post-Conflict Societies: Sri Lanka and Sierra Leone

The policy of forcing women to pick between the role of ‘victim’ or ‘soldier’ has denied justice, agency, and rehabilitation to women in post-conflict societies.

Image by J Pellgen

The Myth of Soft Power in Asia

Soft power, unless blended appropriately with hard power, cannot insert influence in international relations and serve as an effective diplomatic tool.

An Analysis of U.S. Policy Towards Cambodia Between 1969-1973

An Analysis of U.S. Policy Towards Cambodia Between 1969-1973

Nixon’s policy towards Cambodia was treacherous because of the political implications in Washington and the tragic consequences in Cambodia.

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Australia’s Refugee Challenge

As Australia is obligated to create a peaceful culture by creating policies which include asylum seekers and refugees, its human rights violations cannot continue.

Assessing the Relationship between Power and Morality in Nonviolent Action

Assessing the Relationship between Power and Morality in Nonviolent Action

Nonviolent action can simultaneously be pragmatic in its power to achieve the desired goal and principled by being rooted initially in morality.

The Shadows of Tiananmen: Chinese Foreign Policy and Human Rights

The Shadows of Tiananmen: Chinese Foreign Policy and Human Rights

Since Tiananmen Square 1989, China’s understanding of the significant yet contingent power of human rights discourse has guided much of its foreign policy on the subject.

The Significance of the US War on Terror Policy for the Japan-US Relationship

The Significance of the US War on Terror Policy for the Japan-US Relationship

Japan’s participation in the War on Terror might have played an important role in making the Japan-U.S. relationship a global alliance.

Domestic Violence as Everyday Terrorism: Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan

Domestic Violence as Everyday Terrorism: Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan

Seeing bride kidnapping and domestic violence as everyday terrorism unpacks the political nature of so-called “private” phenomena and how they reify patriarchal society.

Arms Control and Cooperative Security: A Regional Perspective

Arms Control and Cooperative Security: A Regional Perspective

Cooperative security is a feasible concept in a regional and even a global context, but its success is in varying degrees of progress and is still in ambiguous standing.

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