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The Main Factors Limiting the Ability of the U.S. to Control World Politics

The Main Factors Limiting the Ability of the U.S. to Control World Politics

Increasing economic interdependence between states and the emerging multipolar world order limit the United States in world politics.

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Adaptation, Mitigation and the Securitization of Climate Change

Environmental changes make the rethinking of security unavoidable. An international effort is necessary to develop a framework of adaptation and mitigation practices.

The State of Deception & The Time Bomb: Evaluating Torture as Counter-Terrorism

The State of Deception & The Time Bomb: Evaluating Torture as Counter-Terrorism

In a ‘state of exception’, where it is vital to maintain national security, liberal governments do not suspend the rule of law but rather legally circumvent it.

Barack Obama: How an ‘Unknown’ Senator Became President of the USA

Barack Obama: How an ‘Unknown’ Senator Became President of the USA

In 2004, few Americans had ever heard of Obama, let alone considered voting for him. Yet, within four years he had been elected president.

Demographics, Perceptions & the Weakening Securitisation of the US-Mexico Border

Demographics, Perceptions & the Weakening Securitisation of the US-Mexico Border

In recent years, American audiences have grown sceptical on the securitisation of the US-Mexico border, and indeed, the broader discourse on immigration and security.

Presidential War Powers in Vietnam

Presidential War Powers in Vietnam

With Johnson’s executive mandate for war and Nixon’s justification of executive authority, the Vietnam War set a dangerous precedent for presidential war powers.

Contemporary U.S. Foreign Policy Trends and Interactions with Native Americans

Contemporary U.S. Foreign Policy Trends and Interactions with Native Americans

Certain trends in American foreign policy can be better understood when seen as framed by the context of interactions with Native Americans

Legitimacy and the US-led Invasion of Iraq

Legitimacy and the US-led Invasion of Iraq

The existence of legitimate norms & principles within international society did, in fact, exert influence over the US’ behaviour in its 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Walter Mondale and the Recalibration of the Vice Presidency

Walter Mondale and the Recalibration of the Vice Presidency

Mondale generated a new institutional model for the vice presidency, which expanded and strengthened the role, while leaving it accountable to the President.

American Exceptionalism: Exemplifying Patriotism and Justifying Imperialism

American Exceptionalism: Exemplifying Patriotism and Justifying Imperialism

American exceptionalism exemplifies the patriotic essence of the American people, but it has also proven problematic for the conduct of sound American foreign policy.

Recontextualising the ‘War on Terror': Discursive Practices from Bush to Obama

Recontextualising the ‘War on Terror': Discursive Practices from Bush to Obama

The strategies employed by the Bush administration after 9/11 to manufacture public consent for action have since been recontextualised towards Iran by Barack Obama.