Tokyo’s pacifism is best understood not as a capitulating monolithic anomaly, but as one enduring component of a multifaceted and eclectic strategic calculus.
International Theory (students)
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The current outbreak of Zika virus disease, centred in Brazil, highlights the population-level fears that can arise in response to infectious disease pandemics.
The Cold War was an avertable product of impulsive and unpredictable actions of instrumental individuals operating in accordance to their free will.
Although the Developmental State Model is often used to understand Pacific-Asia’s post-Korean War economic take-off, it is insufficient at explaining Japan’s development.
Socio-ecological security is a relational and normative concept that sees humans as internal to nature, and seeks to secure sustainable socio-ecological relations.
Neorealism’s balance of threat framework and neoliberalism’s focus on issue linkages are still relevant tools to explain NATO’s current involvement in the refugee crisis.
Simmel’s framework enables us to dismantle the process of territorialising national identity in inscribing it in space, thus drawing a difference between us and them.
Cosmopolitanism and Classical Realism, whilst possessing divergent perspectives towards morality, are both morally defensible theories.
Russia’s attempt to use soft power in foreign policy is both counter-hegemonic and oriented toward promoting a regional, Russo-centric hegemonic order.
To examine the challenges IS poses to security theory is to first define the functions of IS and lay out how these functions are related to the threat environment.
The ‘State of Exception’ is a reaction to threats against government and society, but this ‘state’ is also a threat to minorities, as seen in France and Pakistan.
Even though UNGA resolutions enjoy a limited legal status, they have a powerful symbolic and political impact, and they help influence contemporary international law.