International Theory (students)

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Neo-rationalism: A Third Way? How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the “Isms”

Neo-rationalism: A Third Way? How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the “Isms”

Neo-rationalism describes a third approach to the teaching of IR that combines the most positive elements of “rationalism” and current paradigmatic approaches.

Can the Work of Hannah Arendt Help Us Understand Contemporary Conflicts?

Can the Work of Hannah Arendt Help Us Understand Contemporary Conflicts?

While some of Arendt’s description of power and violence are undoubtedly relevant, the same themes and actions are found elsewhere in the study of contemporary conflict.

Neo-realism and Structural Liberalism: Can Anarchy Really Be Transcended?

Neo-realism and Structural Liberalism: Can Anarchy Really Be Transcended?

With force employed as primary resort in international politics, how does the structural liberal argument of overcoming anarchy apply?

The Spratly Islands Dispute – A Discourse Analysis

The Spratly Islands Dispute – A Discourse Analysis

A constructivist approach through discourse analysis as described by Lene Hansen highlights essential and previously neglected dynamics of the Spratly Islands dispute.

A Public Reason Defence of Same-Sex Marriage

A Public Reason Defence of Same-Sex Marriage

Accounts of gay marriage that appeal to nonpublic reasons (and therefore are of the perfectionist kind) should not be pursued.

Why Poststructuralism Is Central to the Study of International Relations

Why Poststructuralism Is Central to the Study of International Relations

The manifold and multiplex essence attached to reality calls for an anti-foundational analysis of the “truths” upheld in international theory.

The Doha Development Round and Challenges to Multilateral Trade Negotiations

The Doha Development Round and Challenges to Multilateral Trade Negotiations

While some view the Bali Package as a much needed life-line for the WTO, critics note that the agreement papers over the tough issues that the WTO will face later on.

The Politics of Postwar Reconstruction as the Discursive International Ordering

The Politics of Postwar Reconstruction as the Discursive International Ordering

The ontological shift in policy configuration mirrors the adaptive character of the liberal order and its ability to expand its domination over individual.

Evaluation of Chabal and Daloz’s Africa Works, with Reference to Burkina Faso

Evaluation of Chabal and Daloz’s Africa Works, with Reference to Burkina Faso

Chabal and Daloz argue that neopatrimonialism is central to African politics, the political culture of Africa being inherently different to that of the Western states.

Sergio de Queiroz Duarte, Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs, speaks at the opening of the exhibition "Against Nuclear Arms". The exhibition portrays the destruction caused by the A-bomb explosions in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, as well as decades of nuclear arms testing in Kazakhstan.
10/Aug/2009. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras. www.un.org/av/photo/

On the Possibility of Nuclear Disarmament

While nuclear disarmament is a technical possibility, the deterrence logic behind such weapons makes their relinquishment a near impossibility.

Why Doesn’t Iran Want the Bomb?

Why Doesn’t Iran Want the Bomb?

When adding up the potential benefits and impediments, Iran will unlikely upgrade its current civilian nuclear programme to a military nuclear weapons programme.

Current Space Law Limitations and Its Implications on Outer Space Conflicts

Current Space Law Limitations and Its Implications on Outer Space Conflicts

This is an exciting time for the entirety of human civilization, it is important for all parties in the planning of the forthcoming human expansion into outer space.