To ignore the internal dynamics that determined the political boundaries of the Middle East is to overlook the region’s power to shape policy.
Despite criticisms, the ‘peace through law’ approach to international law is a functional & realistic one, and it enables the daily functioning of international law.
War on Terror drone policies problematise classic Just War (JW) approaches. However, JW-inspired international law has the ability to ensure accountability.
By exercising both the Western colonialist stance and discursive colonialism, “Half the Sky” acts as a roadblock for the very women it supports.
The epistemological war of words between positivists and interpretivists has exhausted itself, and the task now is to find where new lines of contention are to be drawn.
By sponsoring the mujahidin, the US and Pakistan empowered an ideology and movement that encouraged tensions within the Muslim political communities of the Persian Gulf.
Critical thought leaves us no choice but to consider the morality of our theories and practises, and although we might not need to be critical, we certainly ought to be.
A naval approach to Somali piracy is & will continue to be ineffective – it doesn’t address its root causes. Piracy will continue without a human security approach.
Schooling, which is the institutionalization of learning, is structurally and instrinsically violent, but learning itself need not be a violent or oppressive process.
By engendering border studies, we can better recognise the impact of gender on status, access to resources, political participation and the formation of state policies.
The postcolonial concept of the ‘Other’ puts power in binary terms & disempowers woman – women & policymakers should abandon the concept but retain cultural sensitivity.
Immanent critiques refocus the epistemological assumptions of orthodox IR theories, providing greater scope for critical theory to broaden analysis at the systemic level.