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Toward an Affirmative Critique of Abstraction in International Relations Theory

Toward an Affirmative Critique of Abstraction in International Relations Theory

Dominant abstractions within IR theory are limited in transformative potential, opposing their racialized logics creates a starting point for alternative abstractions.

The Possibility of a Cosmopolitan World Order: An Optimistic View of History

The Possibility of a Cosmopolitan World Order: An Optimistic View of History

A cosmopolitan world order underpinned by democracy is both a possible and a necessary outcome for international relations.

The United States and the Status Quo:  Is Hegemonic Satisfaction Innate?

The United States and the Status Quo: Is Hegemonic Satisfaction Innate?

This essay seeks to refine Organski’s Power Transition Theory by decoupling the dominant state from the world system it embodies.

Ya Basta! A Case for Social Movements in Critical Norm Research

Ya Basta! A Case for Social Movements in Critical Norm Research

A critical approach to norms opens a new avenue for the field to study the contributions of social movements to International Relations.

Taming the ‘Wild West’: The Role of International Norms in Cyberspace

Taming the ‘Wild West’: The Role of International Norms in Cyberspace

An social constructivist analysis of emergent cyber-security norms illustrates the process of norm construction in the international security realm.

Can We Ever Fully Secure “My” Spaces?

Can We Ever Fully Secure “My” Spaces?

The question of security is ever topical, and this essay addresses the ‘my’ of spaces and how we can conceptualise them.

Authoritarian Difussion and the Failure of the “Colour Revolutions” to Spread

Authoritarian Difussion and the Failure of the “Colour Revolutions” to Spread

Can the concept of “Authoritarian Difussion” explain the unsuccessful spread of the colour revolution and the repressive measures that illiberal regimes have taken after?

A Constructivist Approach to Analysing Somalia’s State Failure

A Constructivist Approach to Analysing Somalia’s State Failure

If an effective solution is to be found for Somalia’s deep problems, it needs to be consistent with the Somali identity so that Somalis can be part of a lasting solution.

Transatlantic Sovereignty Games: What Makes the US and the EU ‘Hang Together’?

Transatlantic Sovereignty Games: What Makes the US and the EU ‘Hang Together’?

Drawing on an analytical framework based on ‘sovereignty games’ this essay explores the roles of money in (re)constructing relations between the USA and the EU.

Post-structuralist ‘critique’ and How It Treats Power in Global Politics

Post-structuralist ‘critique’ and How It Treats Power in Global Politics

Post-structuralists introduce the possibility of viewing international politics from a different starting point, outside the constrains of traditional paradigms.

The Aesthetics of Revolt: Emerging Political Subjectivities in the Arab Spring

The Aesthetics of Revolt: Emerging Political Subjectivities in the Arab Spring

Aesthetic forms of revolt live on in the collective memory as well as in their material forms, and continue to provide a repertoire for subsequent political action.

The Alleged Failure of Multilateralism in Syria: Beyond a Realist Trap

The Alleged Failure of Multilateralism in Syria: Beyond a Realist Trap

Earlier in history, multilateralism was deemed a ‘realist necessity’. In the current era, it is reshaped through battles of values.

The Concept of ‘World Society’ in International Relations

The Concept of ‘World Society’ in International Relations

In a world where a realist perspective still seems dominant, the idea of world society – as found in the English school – is a revolutionary concept.

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