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Transatlantic Sovereignty Games: What Makes the US and the EU ‘Hang Together’?

Transatlantic Sovereignty Games: What Makes the US and the EU ‘Hang Together’?

Drawing on an analytical framework based on ‘sovereignty games’ this essay explores the roles of money in (re)constructing relations between the USA and the EU.

Post-structuralist ‘critique’ and How It Treats Power in Global Politics

Post-structuralist ‘critique’ and How It Treats Power in Global Politics

Post-structuralists introduce the possibility of viewing international politics from a different starting point, outside the constrains of traditional paradigms.

The Aesthetics of Revolt: Emerging Political Subjectivities in the Arab Spring

The Aesthetics of Revolt: Emerging Political Subjectivities in the Arab Spring

Aesthetic forms of revolt live on in the collective memory as well as in their material forms, and continue to provide a repertoire for subsequent political action.

The Alleged Failure of Multilateralism in Syria: Beyond a Realist Trap

The Alleged Failure of Multilateralism in Syria: Beyond a Realist Trap

Earlier in history, multilateralism was deemed a ‘realist necessity’. In the current era, it is reshaped through battles of values.

The Concept of ‘World Society’ in International Relations

The Concept of ‘World Society’ in International Relations

In a world where a realist perspective still seems dominant, the idea of world society – as found in the English school – is a revolutionary concept.

The Demise of the Sino-Vietnamese Relationship

The Demise of the Sino-Vietnamese Relationship

Walt’s theory of alliances is often used to explain the Sino-Soviet split but the break-down of the Sino-Vietnamese alliance shows more is at play than material interest.

Images Out-Loud: A Visual Approach Challenging the Securitization of Migration

Images Out-Loud: A Visual Approach Challenging the Securitization of Migration

Securitisation literature ignores the links between refugees’ experiences, how their stories are conveyed visually and which images ‘speak’ most powerfully to audiences.

Japan in the Interwar Years: What Caused the Japanese Invasion of China?

Japan in the Interwar Years: What Caused the Japanese Invasion of China?

The intractability of the Japanese army, coupled with defiance of Chinese nationalism, ultimately led to a devastating conflict that resulted in the deaths of millions.

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Aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (April 23,1999) -- An S-3 "Viking" returns to the busy flight deck of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) following a strike mission. Roosevelt and its embarked carrier air wing are participating in strike missions against the former Yugoslavia in support of NATO Operation Allied Force.  U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Jonathan R. Byrd  (RELEASED)

Was NATO’s decision to militarily intervene in the Kosovo War a ‘last resort’?

The ambiguity of the Just War Theory in the case of NATO’s military intervention in Kosovo has resulted into divided and opposing interpretations.

Culture, Conflict and Proxy Wars: A Macro Clash of Civilizations?

Culture, Conflict and Proxy Wars: A Macro Clash of Civilizations?

Huntington’s Macro Clash of Civilizations has not manifested, and does not look likely to manifest itself in the near future.

Bringing Power to Justice: Rawls Contra Marx and Foucault

Bringing Power to Justice: Rawls Contra Marx and Foucault

Power is brought to justice without violating Rawls’s assumptions, specifically Marxian and Foucauldian power, through Lukes’ three-dimensional framework.

Economic Interdependence and Conflict – The Case of the US and China

Economic Interdependence and Conflict – The Case of the US and China

The liberal assumption that high levels of trade and investment between two states like the US and China will make war unlikely, if not impossible, is overly simplistic.

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