Identity Politics

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.

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.

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 Impact of Islamic Politics on the 2003 Iraq War

The Impact of Islamic Politics on the 2003 Iraq War

By sponsoring the mujahidin, the US and Pakistan empowered an ideology and movement that encouraged tensions within the Muslim political communities of the Persian Gulf.

Is Learning Violent?

Is Learning Violent?

Schooling, which is the institutionalization of learning, is structurally and instrinsically violent, but learning itself need not be a violent or oppressive process.

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 “Racialized” Construction of the Colombian Nation

The “Racialized” Construction of the Colombian Nation

The criollo elites in New Grenada crafted a complicated and sometimes contradictory ideological endeavor to organize the peoples and territories they aspired to rule.

The International System as Social Construct

The International System as Social Construct

In contrast to Neorealist framings, there are clear indications that intersubjective meanings and social identities shape the international system in multiple ways.

Performative Violence: Conceptual and Strategic Implications

Performative Violence: Conceptual and Strategic Implications

The causes and effects of performative violence are linked, and include intimidation, social and material control, social cohesion and communication, and structural violence.

A Case-Study of Female Genital Mutilation in Egypt

A Case-Study of Female Genital Mutilation in Egypt

Cultural relativism and universalism have yet to overcome cultural traditions which result in human harm. By balancing the two, there is potential for progress.

Why Do States Mostly Obey International Law?

Why Do States Mostly Obey International Law?

To explain why states are compelled to justify their behaviour according to norms, the best approach is to interpret the issue as a process that considers all theories.

What Light can Constructivism Shed on the EU?

What Light can Constructivism Shed on the EU?

Constructivism plays a vital role in EU governance, while rational choice is an ineffective research tool that can be absorbed by the broader diagnostic approach offered by constructivism.