Europe (students)

Revisiting the Neo-Neo Debate: NATO Involvement in the Refugee Crisis

Revisiting the Neo-Neo Debate: NATO Involvement in the Refugee Crisis

Neorealism’s balance of threat framework and neoliberalism’s focus on issue linkages are still relevant tools to explain NATO’s current involvement in the refugee crisis.

Defending Europe Without an Army: The Potential of the Common Security Policy

Defending Europe Without an Army: The Potential of the Common Security Policy

The European Common Security and Defence Policy has not led to popular support for a ‘European Army’, however it offers potential civilian forms of security.

Agricultural Overproduction and the Deteriorating Environment

Agricultural Overproduction and the Deteriorating Environment

Overproducing food, while allowing for food security, also disrupt world markets as well as causes immense environmental damage to soil and water supplies.

Almost the Same, But Not Quite (Soft): the Duality of Russian Soft Power

Almost the Same, But Not Quite (Soft): the Duality of Russian Soft Power

Russia’s attempt to use soft power in foreign policy is both counter-hegemonic and oriented toward promoting a regional, Russo-centric hegemonic order.

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.

Have Western Powers Lost the Art of Strategy?

Have Western Powers Lost the Art of Strategy?

‘Strategy’ is a concept Western powers have struggled to define throughout history, and never truly owned. The 2003 Iraq War was a clear embodiment of this struggle.

Image by Bundesarchiv, B 145 Bild-F075760-0010 / Arne Schambeck / CC-BY-SA 3.0

A Whig History of European Integration?

The inescapability of Whig history lies not in the irreversibility of the European project but in the political necessity of its narrative construction.

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.

Mandate Disclosure in EU Trade Negotiations: The Case of TiSA

Mandate Disclosure in EU Trade Negotiations: The Case of TiSA

The publication of TiSA’s negotiating mandate represents an effort to increase transparency, used by negotiators as a stepping stone towards expanding the EU’s win-set.

Can Flags ‘Speak Security’?

Can Flags ‘Speak Security’?

Fragile national identities can become embodied and even dependent upon flags, and flags will continue to be a major stumbling block to desecuritisation.

A Comparative Historical Study of the Development of a European Army

A Comparative Historical Study of the Development of a European Army

The historical context, political landscape, and security environments have advanced/constrained the development of a EU defense policy and potential EU army.

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