Development

International Security and “Failed States”: A Cause for Concern?

International Security and “Failed States”: A Cause for Concern?

Failed states signal that the Westphalian model lacks empirical support and is a simple political construction that deserves greater theoretical scrutiny.

Nigeria’s “Resource Curse”: Oil as Impediment to True Federalism

Nigeria’s “Resource Curse”: Oil as Impediment to True Federalism

Whilst Nigeria’s history of colonialism can partly explain the difficulties of achieving a functioning federalism, its ‘resource course’ is also a significant hindrance.

Drawing Links Between Food Security and Land Rights in an Era of Globalization

Drawing Links Between Food Security and Land Rights in an Era of Globalization

With an increasing world population and changing weather patterns, governments must rapidly address concerns regarding international policy on food security.

The ICC and Africa: Complementarity, Transitional Justice, and the Rule of Law

The ICC and Africa: Complementarity, Transitional Justice, and the Rule of Law

The absence of preemptive and positive complementarity in the ICC’s proceedings is the largest obstacle to creating a lasting benefit for African state judicial systems.

The Economy is Organic: Reclaiming the Post-Crisis Development Agenda

The Economy is Organic: Reclaiming the Post-Crisis Development Agenda

To correctly assess contemporary reevaluations of development theory, we must understand its origins and their effect on how the global community views development today.

A Critical Evaluation of the Concept of Human Security

A Critical Evaluation of the Concept of Human Security

Critics of human security argue that its adoption has done little to change the behaviour of states or alleviate pressures of everyday life of the most vulnerable.

Is the Current Political Turmoil of the ‘Information Age’ Revolutionary?

Is the Current Political Turmoil of the ‘Information Age’ Revolutionary?

The ‘Information Age’ has brought undeniable and unprecedented changes to the ways insurgencies and social movements organize themselves.

Climate Change Politics Through a Constructivist Prism

Climate Change Politics Through a Constructivist Prism

Constructivism captures the political nature of the climate change issue and is able to put it in its respective historical and social context.

Critical Approaches to the Functions of International Institutions

Critical Approaches to the Functions of International Institutions

Critical approaches can not only identify the flaws of neoliberalism but also possible contradictions between neoliberalism as a concept and how institutions perceive it.

Should we Rebuild ‘Failed States’ or ‘Let Them Fail’?

Should we Rebuild ‘Failed States’ or ‘Let Them Fail’?

The practice of rebuilding ‘failed’ or ‘failing’ states is ethically problematic. It overlooks human security and is too focused on Western institutional standards.

The Impact of ‘Globalisation’ on the Arab Revolts

The Impact of ‘Globalisation’ on the Arab Revolts

Globalisation not only exacerbated the structural conditions that elicited the Arab revolt, but allowed for local and global actors to shape the form of this resistance.

The Weakening of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The Weakening of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is at best a compromise for indigenous peoples, at worst an attempt by states to maintain structures of injustice.