Security

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.

Should Fiat Money be Replaced with Virtual Currencies?

Should Fiat Money be Replaced with Virtual Currencies?

Any advantages that a virtual currency like Bitcoin has over fiat money may be short-lived, as states will subject it to regulations that will erode its competitive edge.

Aiming from a Distance: The Implications of the Use of Drones for Security

Aiming from a Distance: The Implications of the Use of Drones for Security

Shaw’s risk-transfer theory and Der Derian’s conceptualization of virtuous war allow an in-depth understanding of the deployment of drones in the War on Terror.

A Constructivist Approach to China’s Aircraft Carrier Ambitions

A Constructivist Approach to China’s Aircraft Carrier Ambitions

The symbolic power of the aircraft carrier was key to China’s public demand to develop aircraft capabilities and reflective of desires to achieve world power prestige.

Is Investing in Private Security Better than Investing in National Security?

Is Investing in Private Security Better than Investing in National Security?

The presence of a deontological ethic provides private security companies (PSCs) the necessary legitimacy for the use of violence for the betterment of citizens.

Torture and the Failure of the International System

Torture and the Failure of the International System

The prevalence of torture represents a failure of the state-led, sovereignty-based international order. A move beyond torture requires a move beyond sovereignty.

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.

Strategic Offensive Weapons and the International System

Strategic Offensive Weapons and the International System

Globalization has reduced the importance of space in geopolitics, but Iraq, Iran and North Korea have developed capabilities to increase the value of space.

Shared Concerns with Opposite Outcomes:  Myanmar and DPRK on China’s Border

Shared Concerns with Opposite Outcomes: Myanmar and DPRK on China’s Border

The shared threat of China provides an interesting and underutilized way to examine the strategic decision to pursue reform or retrenchment in North Korea and Myanmar.

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.

A Critical Analysis of Walt’s Concept of Security

A Critical Analysis of Walt’s Concept of Security

Whilst Walt’s concept of security may be limited in scope, he nevertheless offers valuable and sobering guidance to security studies.