Identity Politics (students)

Can Flags ‘Speak Security’?

Can Flags ‘Speak Security’?

Fragile national identities can become embodied and even dependent upon flags, and flags will continue to be a major stumbling block to desecuritisation.

A Gendered Critique of the Role of Spectacular Violence in Al Qaeda

A Gendered Critique of the Role of Spectacular Violence in Al Qaeda

Al Qaeda’s construction of masculinity has given meaning to the use of spectacular violence as a tool for the restoration of a damaged sense of masculinity.

The Crime-Terror Nexus: Ideology’s Misleading Role in Islamist Terrorist Groups

The Crime-Terror Nexus: Ideology’s Misleading Role in Islamist Terrorist Groups

The Salafist-Jihadist ideology in modern terrorist groups, such as ISIS and Al Qaeda, serves as a disguise for the criminal motivations of money, power, and status.

Can Non-Violent Resistance Be an Effective Strategy for Challenging State Power?

Can Non-Violent Resistance Be an Effective Strategy for Challenging State Power?

Examining the Arab Uprisings in 2011, the effectiveness of non-violent resistance movements for challenging state power is evinced.

Does a ‘Global Jihad’ Phenomena Exist?

Does a ‘Global Jihad’ Phenomena Exist?

Perhaps there is a ‘Global Jihad’, but not in the perverted form hijacked by political Islam as a kind of collective aggression against the West.

Revisiting Turkey’s Protean Self vs. ‘Other’

Revisiting Turkey’s Protean Self vs. ‘Other’

‘Ontological insecurity’ provides a more accurate analysis of Turkey’s Europeanization project as an alternative theoretical perspective to realism and constructivism.

Freedom of Religion and Access Control in Israel

Freedom of Religion and Access Control in Israel

State religions should not be instrumentalised to exploit the freedom and rights of religious minorities masked by state rhetoric.

Putin & Russian Heritage: Russia’s Foreign Policy Identity Since Napoleon

Putin & Russian Heritage: Russia’s Foreign Policy Identity Since Napoleon

The development of an imperial identity during the Soviet Union, plus the disruption caused by Yeltsin, shaped Russian foreign policy identity even to Putin.

The Conservative Party’s Success and the ‘One Nation’ Tradition

The Conservative Party’s Success and the ‘One Nation’ Tradition

The ‘One Nation’ tradition helped the Conservative Party break ties with the past and place itself in the centre of British politics where most of the voters are.

Studying Gender in International Relations without Feminism?

Studying Gender in International Relations without Feminism?

Feminism challenges normative assumptions of international relations and, despite potential limitations, is essential to wider gender studies.

The Contested Image of Māori Cultural Exhibition in Aotearoa New Zealand

The Contested Image of Māori Cultural Exhibition in Aotearoa New Zealand

The presentation of Māori people in New Zealand has changed greatly since their first major appearance in 1851, evolving from curios to cultural treasures.

The Falklands War: Differing Causes of Conflict

The Falklands War: Differing Causes of Conflict

Explaining the occurrence of the Falklands War through diversionary theory, competing sovereignty claims and Fearon’s exploration of the contraction of bargaining ranges.

Revisiting Political Culture: Libyan and Tunisian Post-Revolutionary Transitions

Revisiting Political Culture: Libyan and Tunisian Post-Revolutionary Transitions

Analysing Libya & Tunisia reveals the important role of political culture in their democratic transitions & the pitfalls of applying ‘universal’ democratic institutions.

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