Security-Insecurity

The Syrian Uprising and Social Movements Theory

The Syrian Uprising and Social Movements Theory

Syria’s strong patrimonial military has no incentives to break with the regime. Until such incentives exist, the uprisings will probably fail.

Crouching Dragon, Ambling Elephant, and the Hawkish Eagle

Crouching Dragon, Ambling Elephant, and the Hawkish Eagle

The US strategic “pivot” to India can be a source of stability to India-China relations, depending on how India’s foreign policy balances both US and China.

Can a Nuclear Iran be Considered a Threat to Regional and Global Security?

Can a Nuclear Iran be Considered a Threat to Regional and Global Security?

A nuclear and emboldened Iran engaging in small conflicts presents an acute threat to security because the threat of inadvertent escalation is so dangerous.

Do Drone Strike Assassinations Render Conceptions of ‘Just War’ Redundant?

Do Drone Strike Assassinations Render Conceptions of ‘Just War’ Redundant?

War on Terror drone policies problematise classic Just War (JW) approaches. However, JW-inspired international law has the ability to ensure accountability.

Yemen’s Water Scarcity as a Threat to National Security

Yemen’s Water Scarcity as a Threat to National Security

Within the past couple decades, the discourse surrounding water scarcity in Yemen has shifted; this scarcity is now seen as a contributing threat to national security.

Is Nuclear Technology the Answer to Asia’s Energy Future?

Is Nuclear Technology the Answer to Asia’s Energy Future?

Asia’s energy future depends on increasing energy efficiency, reducing fossil fuel imports, and increasing the role of renewable and nuclear energies.

Rhetoric, Perspectives, and Reactions of the Soviet Union to US-China Relations

Rhetoric, Perspectives, and Reactions of the Soviet Union to US-China Relations

By lacking a coherent strategy, the Soviet Union failed to acknowledge the possibility that the US could be seeking an easing of tensions with both communist superpowers.

The Permissive Promise

The Permissive Promise

International law seeks to codify the international playing field. However, it is an essentially elastic & permissive system reflecting real-world power distributions.

Sanctioning Iran: What is the U.S. Trying to Accomplish?

Sanctioning Iran: What is the U.S. Trying to Accomplish?

The U.S. missed a chance to come to a peaceful resolution when Iran’s last reformist leader was in office. It needs to finish the job by working out a long term agreement

The Impact of Islamic Politics on the 2003 Iraq War

The Impact of Islamic Politics on the 2003 Iraq War

By sponsoring the mujahidin, the US and Pakistan empowered an ideology and movement that encouraged tensions within the Muslim political communities of the Persian Gulf.

Political Corruption and Insecurity in Southeast Asia

Political Corruption and Insecurity in Southeast Asia

Political corruption in Southeast Asia is an important threat to political and economic security, as external influences on corruption create domestic insecurity.

A Human Security Approach to Addressing Piracy Off the Coast of Africa

A Human Security Approach to Addressing Piracy Off the Coast of Africa

A naval approach to Somali piracy is & will continue to be ineffective – it doesn’t address its root causes. Piracy will continue without a human security approach.