International Theory

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Economic Interdependence and Conflict – The Case of the US and China

Economic Interdependence and Conflict – The Case of the US and China

The liberal assumption that high levels of trade and investment between two states like the US and China will make war unlikely, if not impossible, is overly simplistic.

W. E. B. Du Bois (1868 – 1963), co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), in 1918.

From Mythification to Eurocentrism: The Academic Colour Line

Due to its inherent eurocentrism IR reproduces a limited Western perception of the world unfit to explain non-Western realities.

The Nakba, The Holocaust and Collective Victimhood

The Nakba, The Holocaust and Collective Victimhood

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is perpetuated by culturally and socially embedded discourses of victimhood that are existent in both countries’ narratives.

When to Hire a Hitman: A Theoretical Framework for Just Assassination

When to Hire a Hitman: A Theoretical Framework for Just Assassination

With the exponential rise of civilian casualties in modern warfare, political assassination could serve as an effective, more ‘humane’ means of humanitarian intervention.

China’s Cooperation on the Mekong River in the Realm of Complex Interdependence

China’s Cooperation on the Mekong River in the Realm of Complex Interdependence

As the most important and powerful upstream country in Asia, China becomes imperative to any cooperation on water-related issues.

Are Pre-Second World War Writings on International Politics Still Relevant?

Are Pre-Second World War Writings on International Politics Still Relevant?

The Twenty Years’ Crisis by E.H. Carr and The Three Guineas by Woolf are considered seminal texts in the study of IR, yet their relevance to the present is in question.

Conférence des Nations Unies sur les changements climatiques - COP21 (Paris, Le Bourget)

Can Liberal Democracies Address Transnational Environmental Problems?

Liberal-democratic systems will not be capable of addressing contemporary transnational environmental problems unless significant reforms are undertaken.

Dependency Theory: A Useful Tool for Analyzing Global Inequalities Today?

Dependency Theory: A Useful Tool for Analyzing Global Inequalities Today?

Several thoughts and concepts from the dependency approach are still applicable for making sense of global inequalities in today’s globalized world.

The Rational Actor Assumption in Structural Realism

The Rational Actor Assumption in Structural Realism

While rationality is widely mentioned in the works of neorealist scholars, structural realists have different understandings of the concept.

Kunarac: Defining Rape under International Criminal Law

Kunarac: Defining Rape under International Criminal Law

The Kunarac case represented the international community’s willingness to recognise women’s vulnerability to mass atrocities.

A Theoretical Analysis of Russian Foreign Policy: Changes Under Vladimir Putin

A Theoretical Analysis of Russian Foreign Policy: Changes Under Vladimir Putin

Russian foreign policy is largely influenced by Putin’s desire to remain in power and the need to contain domestic restructurings through securing domestic support.

Limited Science and Persistent Philosophy: The Neopositivist Turn in IR

IR sits uncomfortably between social sciences and the arts, and efforts to define its methodology as either a science or a philosophy have also proved challenging.

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