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The US Invasion of Iraq: Marxist and Defensive Realist Perspectives

The US Invasion of Iraq: Marxist and Defensive Realist Perspectives

While Marxism attacks the United States for its greedy intentions in invading Iraq, defensive realism explains why it invaded due to its role as the global superpower.

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The Myth of Soft Power in Asia

Soft power, unless blended appropriately with hard power, cannot insert influence in international relations and serve as an effective diplomatic tool.

Mandate Disclosure in EU Trade Negotiations: The Case of TiSA

Mandate Disclosure in EU Trade Negotiations: The Case of TiSA

The publication of TiSA’s negotiating mandate represents an effort to increase transparency, used by negotiators as a stepping stone towards expanding the EU’s win-set.

Can Offers Ever Restrict Freedom?

Can Offers Ever Restrict Freedom?

When distinguishing between threats, offers and how a proposal restricts freedom, a successful account must involve both perlocutionary and illocutionary assessments.

Allison’s Slow “Waltz” with Structure in Foreign Policy Analysis

Allison’s Slow “Waltz” with Structure in Foreign Policy Analysis

Graham Allison’s Bureaucratic Politics model suggests that structure also operates within the framework of a sub-unit system, thus diminishing levels of agency.

Domestic Violence as Everyday Terrorism: Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan

Domestic Violence as Everyday Terrorism: Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan

Seeing bride kidnapping and domestic violence as everyday terrorism unpacks the political nature of so-called “private” phenomena and how they reify patriarchal society.

Is Human Security Part of the International Security Agenda?

Is Human Security Part of the International Security Agenda?

Human security is falling short of the developmental, humanitarian impact that it had intended, despite being entrenched on the international security agenda.

Does a ‘Global Jihad’ Phenomena Exist?

Does a ‘Global Jihad’ Phenomena Exist?

Perhaps there is a ‘Global Jihad’, but not in the perverted form hijacked by political Islam as a kind of collective aggression against the West.

Revisiting Turkey’s Protean Self vs. ‘Other’

Revisiting Turkey’s Protean Self vs. ‘Other’

‘Ontological insecurity’ provides a more accurate analysis of Turkey’s Europeanization project as an alternative theoretical perspective to realism and constructivism.

Forgetting Politics: The Impossibility of Humanitarian Intervention

Forgetting Politics: The Impossibility of Humanitarian Intervention

‘Humanitarian military intervention’ is critiqued as a de-politicizing discourse, with four proposals for re-politicization suggested.

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The Significance of the ‘Human Security’ Paradigm in International Politics

The topic of human security is multifaceted and demands caution when analysed in different contexts.

The Conservative Party’s Success and the ‘One Nation’ Tradition

The Conservative Party’s Success and the ‘One Nation’ Tradition

The ‘One Nation’ tradition helped the Conservative Party break ties with the past and place itself in the centre of British politics where most of the voters are.

Why Do We Need a Gender Analysis in International Political Economy?

Why Do We Need a Gender Analysis in International Political Economy?

A gender analysis demonstrates the centrality of the differential valorisation of the masculine and the feminine to the functioning of the global political economy.

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