Political Theory

The Ebola Virus Disease: Problems, Consequences, Causes, and Recommendations

The Ebola Virus Disease: Problems, Consequences, Causes, and Recommendations

While it may seem that the Ebola crisis of 2014 has subsided, it is still ongoing in various African countries and has become unprecedented in a variety of ways.

Does International Order Ultimately Rely on States and Military Power?

Does International Order Ultimately Rely on States and Military Power?

Despite the growing significance of other actors and factors, the contemporary global international order still ultimately relies on states and military power.

Are There People Outside of Identity?

Are There People Outside of Identity?

Despite being significantly constrained by preexisting social structures, refugees and asylum seekers actually can and do express agency and political identities.

Towards Justice? – Hybridity and Bureau-Shaping in Cambodia

Towards Justice? – Hybridity and Bureau-Shaping in Cambodia

The formation of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia was centrally influenced by Cambodian politicians in ways detrimental to the Chamber’s longevity.

The Developing World’s Need for a Postmodern Understanding of Feminism

The Developing World’s Need for a Postmodern Understanding of Feminism

Liberal feminism is necessary but insufficient for redressing structural gender inequalities in the developing world, as they require instead a postmodern understanding.

Why Have Attempts at Pan-African Unity Been So Problematic?

Why Have Attempts at Pan-African Unity Been So Problematic?

The goals of Pan-Africanism are in direct opposition to the global socio-political system, where structural conditions of rule currently facilitate exploitation.

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The United Nation Security Council’s Continued Use of Economic Sanctions

Despite controversy, the use of economic sanctions continues to be a popular option for the UN Security Council due to the introduction of targeted sanctions in the 90’s.

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Drones, Gender and Classical Realists

Drones offer little strategic value because they have the capacity to perpetuate the problem they are trying to solve, which is argued through two theoretical approaches.

Conceptualizing Security: The Strategic Practice of Security

Conceptualizing Security: The Strategic Practice of Security

Security ought to be conceptualized as a strategic practice comprising both (1) the practices used to securitize an issue and (2) the practices used to address it.

A Critical Review of Lisa McGirr’s The Passion of Sacco and Vanzetti

A Critical Review of Lisa McGirr’s The Passion of Sacco and Vanzetti

McGirr has not fully overcome the romance of domination and resistance, but by taking a transnational approach demonstrates the global significance of Sacco and Vanzetti.

Interpreting the Rise of China: Realist and Liberalist Perspectives

Interpreting the Rise of China: Realist and Liberalist Perspectives

Neither Realism nor Liberalism provide a comprehensive explanation of the rise of China; only a synthesis of the two paradigms can be sufficient.

Ethiopia: Land for Sale?

Ethiopia: Land for Sale?

The foreign investor gains land ownership to produce and export food and biofuels while Ethiopia gains foreign capital necessary to boost its fragile economy.