Employing Waltz’s three images in ‘Man the State and War’ as a methodological framework helps guide analysis of the Syrian civil war, but fails to provide direct answers.
International Theory (students)
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Analysing Libya & Tunisia reveals the important role of political culture in their democratic transitions & the pitfalls of applying ‘universal’ democratic institutions.
Because Rentier State Theory insufficiently explains the politics of the UAE, a marrying of Constructivism and RST are needed to best capture the politics of the UAE.
The lack of consensus on global justice is a microcosm of schisms present in international relations perspectives.
The emergence and socialisation of the norm of responding to health threats as security threats has reshaped and expanded the global security agenda.
The lack of consensus on global justice is a microcosm of schisms present in international relations (IR) perspectives.
Through the lens of Kwame Nkrumah, current regional unification efforts by the African Development Bank and the African Union are shown to perpetuate neo-colonialism.
Transnational Historical Materialism, post-war reconstruction via the Bretton Woods System and the corporate-liberal paradigm help explain the persistence of US hegemony.
Sanctions per se are not irreconcilable with normative behaviour, as they may perform the function of conveying a normative argument rather than merely coerce the other.
Intersectionality compels us to tackle complexity and to address categories of difference, recognizing that identity categories are dynamic, fluid and indivisible
While power is traditionally viewed negatively and as destructive, coercive and so on, the PS view is much more agnostic about moralising its conception of power.
Some observers claim that realism is an amoral doctrine. However, in Morgenthau’s realism, morality is a constitutive feature that argues for a reasoned foreign policy.