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Examining the Analytical Challenges Posed by IS to Security Theory

Examining the Analytical Challenges Posed by IS to Security Theory

To examine the challenges IS poses to security theory is to first define the functions of IS and lay out how these functions are related to the threat environment.

The State of Exception

The State of Exception

The ‘State of Exception’ is a reaction to threats against government and society, but this ‘state’ is also a threat to minorities, as seen in France and Pakistan.

Why Have Resolutions of the UN General Assembly If They Are Not Legally Binding?

Why Have Resolutions of the UN General Assembly If They Are Not Legally Binding?

Even though UNGA resolutions enjoy a limited legal status, they have a powerful symbolic and political impact, and they help influence contemporary international law.

Have Western Powers Lost the Art of Strategy?

Have Western Powers Lost the Art of Strategy?

‘Strategy’ is a concept Western powers have struggled to define throughout history, and never truly owned. The 2003 Iraq War was a clear embodiment of this struggle.

The US Invasion of Iraq: Marxist and Defensive Realist Perspectives

The US Invasion of Iraq: Marxist and Defensive Realist Perspectives

While Marxism attacks the United States for its greedy intentions in invading Iraq, defensive realism explains why it invaded due to its role as the global superpower.

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The Myth of Soft Power in Asia

Soft power, unless blended appropriately with hard power, cannot insert influence in international relations and serve as an effective diplomatic tool.

Mandate Disclosure in EU Trade Negotiations: The Case of TiSA

Mandate Disclosure in EU Trade Negotiations: The Case of TiSA

The publication of TiSA’s negotiating mandate represents an effort to increase transparency, used by negotiators as a stepping stone towards expanding the EU’s win-set.

Can Offers Ever Restrict Freedom?

Can Offers Ever Restrict Freedom?

When distinguishing between threats, offers and how a proposal restricts freedom, a successful account must involve both perlocutionary and illocutionary assessments.

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.

Is Human Security Part of the International Security Agenda?

Is Human Security Part of the International Security Agenda?

Human security is falling short of the developmental, humanitarian impact that it had intended, despite being entrenched on the international security agenda.

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.

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