International Theory

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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.

The Demise of the Sino-Vietnamese Relationship

The Demise of the Sino-Vietnamese Relationship

Walt’s theory of alliances is often used to explain the Sino-Soviet split but the break-down of the Sino-Vietnamese alliance shows more is at play than material interest.

Images Out-Loud: A Visual Approach Challenging the Securitization of Migration

Images Out-Loud: A Visual Approach Challenging the Securitization of Migration

Securitisation literature ignores the links between refugees’ experiences, how their stories are conveyed visually and which images ‘speak’ most powerfully to audiences.

Japan in the Interwar Years: What Caused the Japanese Invasion of China?

Japan in the Interwar Years: What Caused the Japanese Invasion of China?

The intractability of the Japanese army, coupled with defiance of Chinese nationalism, ultimately led to a devastating conflict that resulted in the deaths of millions.

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