International Security (students)

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The Three Images of the Syrian Civil War

The Three Images of the Syrian Civil War

Employing Waltz’s three images in ‘Man the State and War’ as a methodological framework helps guide analysis of the Syrian civil war, but fails to provide direct answers.

The Falklands War: Differing Causes of Conflict

The Falklands War: Differing Causes of Conflict

Explaining the occurrence of the Falklands War through diversionary theory, competing sovereignty claims and Fearon’s exploration of the contraction of bargaining ranges.

National Security Strategy: A Case Favoring the Current Global Threat Environment

National Security Strategy: A Case Favoring the Current Global Threat Environment

As states’ absolute power declines and shared threats rise, the NSS becomes more important for the transition to multipolarism and coordination between disparate powers.

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A “Major Terrorist Event” Case Study: Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012

The Benghazi attacks ultimately assisted in the ongoing destabilisation of post-Gaddafi Libya, and advanced multiple extremist Islamist causes.

Implications of the Securitisation of Migration

Implications of the Securitisation of Migration

The securitization of migration reinforces a politics of fear and racism.

Why is the Discourse of ‘Islamic Terrorism’ Problematic?

Why is the Discourse of ‘Islamic Terrorism’ Problematic?

The prescribed causal relationship between religion and violence is not only contestable but also alarmingly reductionist.

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Hassan al-Banna: A Starting Point for Contemporary Islamic Fundamentalism

Al-Banna’s ideas of Islam’s superiority, of his conception of Islam to others, and the monopoly of the absolute truth are the first steps to judge Others as unbelievers.

Purpose, Power, and Problems: The Pursuit of Norms for Cybersecurity

Purpose, Power, and Problems: The Pursuit of Norms for Cybersecurity

A norms-based approach to achieving cyber security has its merits, but there are significant coordination hurdles to overcome in order to make developing norms lasting.

Norms and the Securitisation of Infectious Diseases

Norms and the Securitisation of Infectious Diseases

The emergence and socialisation of the norm of responding to health threats as security threats has reshaped and expanded the global security agenda.

Hamas and the Women’s Movement: Islamism and Feminism Under Occupation

Hamas and the Women’s Movement: Islamism and Feminism Under Occupation

Hamas’ takeover of Gaza marked a shift in the complex process of preparation for national sovereignty, especially for the Palestinian women’s movement.

Russia’s Double Historical Amnesia: Constructing the Shakhidki as ‘Black Widows’

Russia’s Double Historical Amnesia: Constructing the Shakhidki as ‘Black Widows’

In a constructed malestream military, women in combat arms are inherently irregular as they take on a twofold irregularity as female fighters and irregular combatants.

The Racialisation of Rape Narratives in British Media Coverage of the Delhi Rape

The Racialisation of Rape Narratives in British Media Coverage of the Delhi Rape

The symbolic and emotive potential of rape narratives has, throughout colonial and post-colonial history, been powerfully employed in connection with race.