North America (students)

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.

The US Invasion of Iraq: Marxist and Defensive Realist Perspectives

The US Invasion of Iraq: Marxist and Defensive Realist Perspectives

While Marxism attacks the United States for its greedy intentions in invading Iraq, defensive realism explains why it invaded due to its role as the global superpower.

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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.

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.

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Discrete Diplomacy: Oman and the Iran Nuclear Deal

Exploring Oman’s mediating role in facilitating the initial US-Iranian talks reveals how it can aid the US’s strategic goals in the Persian Gulf and the Middle East.

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.

US Foreign Policy and the 1973 Coup in Chile

US Foreign Policy and the 1973 Coup in Chile

Containment theory and its tendency to promote blunt thinking, especially in the Americas, was the prime factor affecting the logic behind US support for the coup in Chile.

Explaining US Hegemony: A Neo-Gramscian Synthesis of Pantich, Gindin and Konings

Explaining US Hegemony: A Neo-Gramscian Synthesis of Pantich, Gindin and Konings

Transnational Historical Materialism, post-war reconstruction via the Bretton Woods System and the corporate-liberal paradigm help explain the persistence of US hegemony.

Snake Oil: US Foreign Policy, Afghanistan, and the Cold War

Snake Oil: US Foreign Policy, Afghanistan, and the Cold War

Afghanistan has become a “snake country”: where loyalty can only be rented, solutions are always temporary, and the law of the stronger prevails.

Pax Americana: the United States as Global Hegemon or Imperialist in Disguise?

Pax Americana: the United States as Global Hegemon or Imperialist in Disguise?

A downward trend in prestige and economic power, along with geopolitical challenges, seems to be forcing the US to realign its foreign policy interests and direction.

Is there such a thing as the “Obama Doctrine”?

Is there such a thing as the “Obama Doctrine”?

Obama’s foreign policy has not yielded a presidential doctrine, as the core tenants of his foreign policy are at odds with key components underlying doctrinal policy

The Financial Crisis: Banking, Bankruptcy and the Origins of the Crash

The Financial Crisis: Banking, Bankruptcy and the Origins of the Crash

The behaviour of banks preceding the global financial crisis must be understood in relation to the complex interdependencies between agency, institution and structure.

Does “Scandal” Challenge the Dominance of the ‘male-stream’ in World Politics?

Does “Scandal” Challenge the Dominance of the ‘male-stream’ in World Politics?

Whilst on the surface Scandal appears to make bold feminist statements, in depth discourse analysis reveals that this is not the case.

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