States & Global Governance

How International Is International Criminal Justice?

How International Is International Criminal Justice?

US reluctance to cooperate with the International Criminal Court, aside from selective cases, undermines efforts to build the organization’s legitimacy.

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.

Ethnic Reintegration in Post-Conflict Development Strategies

Ethnic Reintegration in Post-Conflict Development Strategies

Encouraging apolitical activities focused around the common concerns of communities holds great potential to foster reconciliation in post-atrocity contexts.

Consolidating New Forms of Citizenship in Turkey

Consolidating New Forms of Citizenship in Turkey

A religion-based, Ottomanistic definition of Turkish identity not only challenges the Kemalist roots of the state but also contributes to a postmodernisation of them.

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.

Have International Interventions Reinforced Ethnic Identities and Divisions?

Have International Interventions Reinforced Ethnic Identities and Divisions?

Often, though not always, the intervening state strengthens ethnic identities, thereby exacerbating ethnic divisions, in its quest to further its own interests.

Can the “Peace through Law” Approach Work?

Can the “Peace through Law” Approach Work?

Despite criticisms, the ‘peace through law’ approach to international law is a functional & realistic one, and it enables the daily functioning of international law.

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.

Contemporary Petitioning and Chinese Internet Censorship

Contemporary Petitioning and Chinese Internet Censorship

Current Chinese Internet censorship efforts resemble a petitioning (complaint) system Chinese leaders have employed in various forms since the Zhou dynasty.

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.