Political Theory

Contemporary Boundaries in the Middle East

Contemporary Boundaries in the Middle East

To ignore the internal dynamics that determined the political boundaries of the Middle East is to overlook the region’s power to shape policy.

Can the “Peace through Law” Approach Work?

Can the “Peace through Law” Approach Work?

Despite criticisms, the ‘peace through law’ approach to international law is a functional & realistic one, and it enables the daily functioning of international law.

Do Drone Strike Assassinations Render Conceptions of ‘Just War’ Redundant?

Do Drone Strike Assassinations Render Conceptions of ‘Just War’ Redundant?

War on Terror drone policies problematise classic Just War (JW) approaches. However, JW-inspired international law has the ability to ensure accountability.

Veiled Colonialism: A Feminist Criticism of the Half the Sky Movement

Veiled Colonialism: A Feminist Criticism of the Half the Sky Movement

By exercising both the Western colonialist stance and discursive colonialism, “Half the Sky” acts as a roadblock for the very women it supports.

Science Bound? Transcending the Fourth ‘Great Debate’ in International Relations

Science Bound? Transcending the Fourth ‘Great Debate’ in International Relations

The epistemological war of words between positivists and interpretivists has exhausted itself, and the task now is to find where new lines of contention are to be drawn.

The Impact of Islamic Politics on the 2003 Iraq War

The Impact of Islamic Politics on the 2003 Iraq War

By sponsoring the mujahidin, the US and Pakistan empowered an ideology and movement that encouraged tensions within the Muslim political communities of the Persian Gulf.

Do We Need to be “Critical” When Studying International Relations?

Do We Need to be “Critical” When Studying International Relations?

Critical thought leaves us no choice but to consider the morality of our theories and practises, and although we might not need to be critical, we certainly ought to be.

A Human Security Approach to Addressing Piracy Off the Coast of Africa

A Human Security Approach to Addressing Piracy Off the Coast of Africa

A naval approach to Somali piracy is & will continue to be ineffective – it doesn’t address its root causes. Piracy will continue without a human security approach.

Is Learning Violent?

Is Learning Violent?

Schooling, which is the institutionalization of learning, is structurally and instrinsically violent, but learning itself need not be a violent or oppressive process.

What Does it Mean to ‘Engender’ the Study of Borders?

What Does it Mean to ‘Engender’ the Study of Borders?

By engendering border studies, we can better recognise the impact of gender on status, access to resources, political participation and the formation of state policies.

Who Might be ‘Othered’ in Today’s Development Debates?

Who Might be ‘Othered’ in Today’s Development Debates?

The postcolonial concept of the ‘Other’ puts power in binary terms & disempowers woman – women & policymakers should abandon the concept but retain cultural sensitivity.

Immanent Critiques in International Relations

Immanent Critiques in International Relations

Immanent critiques refocus the epistemological assumptions of orthodox IR theories, providing greater scope for critical theory to broaden analysis at the systemic level.