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( Brazil Jose Rubens De La Rosa, Russia Sergey Katryrin, SA Patrice Motespe, India Onkar Kanwar, China MA Zehua ) Chairmen of the BRICS countries during the media briefing at the first meeting of the BRICS Business Council held at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg. 20/08/2013

“The Turn of the Screw”: The Impact of Globalisation on Global Governance

Globalisation has strained the present system of global governance due to the influence of emerging economic powers and a deficit in legitimacy.

The International Legal View of Espionage

The International Legal View of Espionage

Does espionage operate on a legal-until-caught basis? This depends on how states – and international law – conceptualise state sovereignty.

How Global is Security Studies? The Possibility of “Non-Western” Theory

How Global is Security Studies? The Possibility of “Non-Western” Theory

The current search for a global or “non-Western” security studies is futile as the discipline was inherently made, not for the “globe”, but by and for the West.

The Emperor’s New E-Clothes: State Sovereignty in the Cyber-era

The Emperor’s New E-Clothes: State Sovereignty in the Cyber-era

Cyberspace actors operate outside the bounds of the traditional social contract, but cyber sovereigns could emerge under a new conception of sovereignty.

Toward an Affirmative Critique of Abstraction in International Relations Theory

Toward an Affirmative Critique of Abstraction in International Relations Theory

Dominant abstractions within IR theory are limited in transformative potential, opposing their racialized logics creates a starting point for alternative abstractions.

The Possibility of a Cosmopolitan World Order: An Optimistic View of History

The Possibility of a Cosmopolitan World Order: An Optimistic View of History

A cosmopolitan world order underpinned by democracy is both a possible and a necessary outcome for international relations.

The United States and the Status Quo:  Is Hegemonic Satisfaction Innate?

The United States and the Status Quo: Is Hegemonic Satisfaction Innate?

This essay seeks to refine Organski’s Power Transition Theory by decoupling the dominant state from the world system it embodies.

Ya Basta! A Case for Social Movements in Critical Norm Research

Ya Basta! A Case for Social Movements in Critical Norm Research

A critical approach to norms opens a new avenue for the field to study the contributions of social movements to International Relations.

Taming the ‘Wild West’: The Role of International Norms in Cyberspace

Taming the ‘Wild West’: The Role of International Norms in Cyberspace

An social constructivist analysis of emergent cyber-security norms illustrates the process of norm construction in the international security realm.

Can We Ever Fully Secure “My” Spaces?

Can We Ever Fully Secure “My” Spaces?

The question of security is ever topical, and this essay addresses the ‘my’ of spaces and how we can conceptualise them.

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