Foreign Policy

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Getting Japan Wrong: A Review of David Kang’s ‘Describing East Asia’

Getting Japan Wrong: A Review of David Kang’s ‘Describing East Asia’

Japan’s perception of China cannot be described as an ‘absence of fear.’ Rather, the dichotomous Sino-Japanese relationship is one of ‘hot economics, cold politics’.

Who Might be ‘Othered’ in Today’s Development Debates?

Who Might be ‘Othered’ in Today’s Development Debates?

The postcolonial concept of the ‘Other’ puts power in binary terms & disempowers woman – women & policymakers should abandon the concept but retain cultural sensitivity.

The Major Limits to Naval Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Region

The Major Limits to Naval Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Region

Due to crucial political, strategic, military and security difficulties, the Asia-Pacific region is experiencing less naval cooperation than the Western nations.

Pre-Emption and Israeli Decision-Making in 1967 and 1973

Pre-Emption and Israeli Decision-Making in 1967 and 1973

Israel felt vulnerable in 1967, but in 1973 Israeli leaders decided against pre-emption, due to overwhelming military self-confidence and new-found strategic depth.

Capitalism & Insecurity: How Promoting Western Values Fails to Create Peace

Capitalism & Insecurity: How Promoting Western Values Fails to Create Peace

The spread of capitalism in globalisation does not spread nor create peace, but rather, creates the conditions in which conflicts, exploitation and insecurities arise.

The Fracturing of the Syrian Resistance Coalition and the Tripolar Civil War

The Fracturing of the Syrian Resistance Coalition and the Tripolar Civil War

The transformation of the Syrian Civil War from a bipolar to a tripolar conflict came from incompatible visions of Syria’s future within the Syrian Resistance Coalition.

John Mearsheimer’s Theory of Offensive Realism and the Rise of China

John Mearsheimer’s Theory of Offensive Realism and the Rise of China

Lacking internal coherence, Mearsheimer’s theory ultimately fails to provide a logically consistent basis for the view that China’s rise will be unpeaceful.