Diplomacy

Victim-Politics and Post-Conflict Foreign Policy in Rwanda and Sri Lanka

Victim-Politics and Post-Conflict Foreign Policy in Rwanda and Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka and Rwanda elicit a sense of victimhood upon which their respective foreign policies have been built.

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.

Is Democracy a Cause of Peace?

Is Democracy a Cause of Peace?

As the causal mechanisms and positivist epistemology underpinning it are questionable, the democratic peace should be understood as part of a more complex causal process.

Snowden on Screen at SXSW: Visual Irruptions of State Self-Image

Snowden on Screen at SXSW: Visual Irruptions of State Self-Image

The Snowden leaks and their framing reveal how aesthetic irruptions can destabilize the self-image and ultimately the ontological security of the state.

The Pursuit of Strategic Stability: An OSCE-like Infrastructure For South Asia

The Pursuit of Strategic Stability: An OSCE-like Infrastructure For South Asia

Modeling a multinational organization on the example of the OSCE is an ideal method for achieving improved regional security for the states in South Asia.

The Domestic and Ideational Sources of the European Defence Community’s Defeat

The Domestic and Ideational Sources of the European Defence Community’s Defeat

Rather than a realist explanation for France’s defeat of its own EDC proposal, we must delve into the constructivist realm of identity and historical determinism.

Why Is a Small State Like Georgia Important for the USA, the EU and Russia?

Why Is a Small State Like Georgia Important for the USA, the EU and Russia?

Newcomer Georgia became an arena of confrontation between the USA, the EU and Russia due to its geostrategic location, political developments and strategic orientation.

Signaling and the Olympics   

Signaling and the Olympics  

Though impartiality is the goal of Olympism, history has shown us that international conflicts and politics are not put on hold for the Modern Olympic Games.

Sino-US Contestation over Regional Hegemony in the Asia-Pacific

Sino-US Contestation over Regional Hegemony in the Asia-Pacific

Although a hegemonic transition remains unlikely within the next two decades, the Asia-Pacific will be a region of Sino-U.S. power competition and increasing instability.

The Effectiveness of Soft & Hard Power in Contemporary International Relations

The Effectiveness of Soft & Hard Power in Contemporary International Relations

‘Hard’ & ‘soft’ power are competing approaches to power in IR. Soft power is increasingly effective & hard power less so; ‘smart power’ offers a promising third strategy.

Negotiating the Convention on Cluster Munitions: Lessons Learnt

Negotiating the Convention on Cluster Munitions: Lessons Learnt

The Convention on Cluster Munitions is a model for future disarmament negotiations due to its patience and focus on humanitarianism and broad engagement.

Extending European Union Membership to the Eastern Neighbourhood

Extending European Union Membership to the Eastern Neighbourhood

The case for extending membership to the Eastern neighborhood countries extrapolates from the European Union’s experience in Central and Eastern Europe.