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A Theoretical Analysis of Russian Foreign Policy: Changes Under Vladimir Putin

A Theoretical Analysis of Russian Foreign Policy: Changes Under Vladimir Putin

Russian foreign policy is largely influenced by Putin’s desire to remain in power and the need to contain domestic restructurings through securing domestic support.

Limited Science and Persistent Philosophy: The Neopositivist Turn in IR

Limited Science and Persistent Philosophy: The Neopositivist Turn in IR

IR sits uncomfortably between social sciences and the arts, and efforts to define its methodology as either a science or a philosophy have also proved challenging.

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Truth Commissions and the Mental Health of Victims

Testifying before truth-telling mechanisms, such as truth commissions and gacaca, can cause psychological harm to the participants.

US-China Relations in Cyberspace: The Benefits and Limits of a Realist Analysis

US-China Relations in Cyberspace: The Benefits and Limits of a Realist Analysis

Offensive realism provides a useful framework for considering the national security rivalry in cyberspace and illuminates the current security competition.

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Japan: The ‘Normal’ Pacifist

Tokyo’s pacifism is best understood not as a capitulating monolithic anomaly, but as one enduring component of a multifaceted and eclectic strategic calculus.

The Zika Outbreak: A Public Health Challenge Highlighting Structural Power

The Zika Outbreak: A Public Health Challenge Highlighting Structural Power

The current outbreak of Zika virus disease, centred in Brazil, highlights the population-level fears that can arise in response to infectious disease pandemics.

Questioning the Inevitability of the Cold War

Questioning the Inevitability of the Cold War

The Cold War was an avertable product of impulsive and unpredictable actions of instrumental individuals operating in accordance to their free will.

Is the Developmental State Model Useful When Reviewing Pacific-Asia?

Is the Developmental State Model Useful When Reviewing Pacific-Asia?

Although the Developmental State Model is often used to understand Pacific-Asia’s post-Korean War economic take-off, it is insufficient at explaining Japan’s development.

Socio-ecological Security: Moving Beyond the Human-Nature Dualism

Socio-ecological Security: Moving Beyond the Human-Nature Dualism

Socio-ecological security is a relational and normative concept that sees humans as internal to nature, and seeks to secure sustainable socio-ecological relations.

Revisiting the Neo-Neo Debate: NATO Involvement in the Refugee Crisis

Revisiting the Neo-Neo Debate: NATO Involvement in the Refugee Crisis

Neorealism’s balance of threat framework and neoliberalism’s focus on issue linkages are still relevant tools to explain NATO’s current involvement in the refugee crisis.

Simmel’s Spatiality and the Construction of the National Sphere

Simmel’s Spatiality and the Construction of the National Sphere

Simmel’s framework enables us to dismantle the process of territorialising national identity in inscribing it in space, thus drawing a difference between us and them.

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Cosmopolitanism and Classical Realism as Morally Defensible Theories

Cosmopolitanism and Classical Realism, whilst possessing divergent perspectives towards morality, are both morally defensible theories.

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