Non-State Actors (students)

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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 Legality of Russian Airstrikes in Syria and ‘Intervention by Invitation’

The Legality of Russian Airstrikes in Syria and ‘Intervention by Invitation’

Examining the legality of Russia’s claim of ‘intervention by invitation’ & the validity of such a principle when a country fails to respect norms of international law.

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.

Allison’s Slow “Waltz” with Structure in Foreign Policy Analysis

Allison’s Slow “Waltz” with Structure in Foreign Policy Analysis

Graham Allison’s Bureaucratic Politics model suggests that structure also operates within the framework of a sub-unit system, thus diminishing levels of agency.

Domestic Violence as Everyday Terrorism: Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan

Domestic Violence as Everyday Terrorism: Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan

Seeing bride kidnapping and domestic violence as everyday terrorism unpacks the political nature of so-called “private” phenomena and how they reify patriarchal society.

To What Extent Does International Law Reflect the Sovereign Will of States?

To What Extent Does International Law Reflect the Sovereign Will of States?

Although international law reflects the sovereign will of Western states to a large extent, it significantly fails to reflect the will of post-colonial nations.

What are the Defining Characteristics of Insurgency from Prehistory to Ca.1975?

What are the Defining Characteristics of Insurgency from Prehistory to Ca.1975?

Although the nature of every insurgency is reflective of its own unique socio-economic, political, and cultural context, a number of defining features can be discerned.

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.

Cooperation or Competition? External Support and Interrebel Dynamics

Cooperation or Competition? External Support and Interrebel Dynamics

Non-state armed groups who receive fungible resources, such as funding or weapons, are more likely to experience interrebel fighting and less likely to be in an alliance.

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.

A C-17 Globemaster III from the 437th Air Wing at Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., air delivers pallets of water and food to Mirebalais, Haiti, Jan 21, 2010 to be distributed by the members of the United Nations.  Department of Defense assets have been deployed to assist in the Haiti relief effort  following a magnitude 7 earthquake that hit the city on Jan. 12, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.)

Continued Challenges in Rebuilding Haiti

Although NGOs have been criticised for their failure to address the issues facing Haiti in the aftermath of her earthquake, preexisting issues exacerbate the challenge.

The Impact of Human Rights Mobilization on Colombia’s Justice and Peace Law

The Impact of Human Rights Mobilization on Colombia’s Justice and Peace Law

Colombia’s controversial ‘Justice and Peace’ Law has unified human rights advocates on anti-amnesty attitudes while contributing to new disputes on accountability.

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