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The Three Images of the Syrian Civil War

The Three Images of the Syrian Civil War

Employing Waltz’s three images in ‘Man the State and War’ as a methodological framework helps guide analysis of the Syrian civil war, but fails to provide direct answers.

Revisiting Political Culture: Libyan and Tunisian Post-Revolutionary Transitions

Revisiting Political Culture: Libyan and Tunisian Post-Revolutionary Transitions

Analysing Libya & Tunisia reveals the important role of political culture in their democratic transitions & the pitfalls of applying ‘universal’ democratic institutions.

Is Rentier State Theory Sufficient to Explain the Politics of the UAE?

Is Rentier State Theory Sufficient to Explain the Politics of the UAE?

Because Rentier State Theory insufficiently explains the politics of the UAE, a marrying of Constructivism and RST are needed to best capture the politics of the UAE.

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Global Justice: An Exegesis of Contemporary Theories

The lack of consensus on global justice is a microcosm of schisms present in international relations perspectives.

Norms and the Securitisation of Infectious Diseases

Norms and the Securitisation of Infectious Diseases

The emergence and socialisation of the norm of responding to health threats as security threats has reshaped and expanded the global security agenda.

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Global Justice: An Exegesis of Contemporary Theories

The lack of consensus on global justice is a microcosm of schisms present in international relations (IR) perspectives.

Navigating Nkrumah’s Theory of Neo-colonialism in the 21st Century

Navigating Nkrumah’s Theory of Neo-colonialism in the 21st Century

Through the lens of Kwame Nkrumah, current regional unification efforts by the African Development Bank and the African Union are shown to perpetuate neo-colonialism.

Explaining US Hegemony: A Neo-Gramscian Synthesis of Pantich, Gindin and Konings

Explaining US Hegemony: A Neo-Gramscian Synthesis of Pantich, Gindin and Konings

Transnational Historical Materialism, post-war reconstruction via the Bretton Woods System and the corporate-liberal paradigm help explain the persistence of US hegemony.

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The EU’s Normative Nature and Its Sanction Regime Against Russia: An Oxymoron?

Sanctions per se are not irreconcilable with normative behaviour, as they may perform the function of conveying a normative argument rather than merely coerce the other.

The Importance of ‘Intersectionality’ for Feminist Political Theory and Activism

The Importance of ‘Intersectionality’ for Feminist Political Theory and Activism

Intersectionality compels us to tackle complexity and to address categories of difference, recognizing that identity categories are dynamic, fluid and indivisible

How does Poststructuralist Theorizing Challenge Understandings of Power?

How does Poststructuralist Theorizing Challenge Understandings of Power?

While power is traditionally viewed negatively and as destructive, coercive and so on, the PS view is much more agnostic about moralising its conception of power.

A Moral Vindication of Morgenthau’s Classical Realism

A Moral Vindication of Morgenthau’s Classical Realism

Some observers claim that realism is an amoral doctrine. However, in Morgenthau’s realism, morality is a constitutive feature that argues for a reasoned foreign policy.