International Theory

Tip: use the search box on the right with appropriate keywords to enable you to find essays on the exact subject you are looking for such as ‘realism’ or ‘feminism’.

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

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.

Gacaca court in Rwamagana district. A ma n accusing another

Truth Commissions and the Mental Health of Victims

Testifying before truth-telling mechanisms, such as truth commissions and gacaca, can cause psychological harm to the participants.

US-China Relations in Cyberspace: The Benefits and Limits of a Realist Analysis

US-China Relations in Cyberspace: The Benefits and Limits of a Realist Analysis

Offensive realism provides a useful framework for considering the national security rivalry in cyberspace and illuminates the current security competition.

Banners showing the flag of Japan

Japan: The ‘Normal’ Pacifist

Tokyo’s pacifism is best understood not as a capitulating monolithic anomaly, but as one enduring component of a multifaceted and eclectic strategic calculus.

The Zika Outbreak: A Public Health Challenge Highlighting Structural Power

The Zika Outbreak: A Public Health Challenge Highlighting Structural Power

The current outbreak of Zika virus disease, centred in Brazil, highlights the population-level fears that can arise in response to infectious disease pandemics.

Please Consider Donating

Before you download your free e-book, please consider donating to support open access publishing.

E-IR is an independent non-profit publisher run by an all volunteer team. Your donations allow us to invest in new open access titles and pay our bandwidth bills to ensure we keep our existing titles free to view. Any amount, in any currency, is appreciated. Many thanks!

Donations are voluntary and not required to download the e-book - your link to download is below.