IR

Using English School Theory to Determine Legitimate Humanitarian Intervention

Using English School Theory to Determine Legitimate Humanitarian Intervention

Though it provides a solid basis for determining the legitimacy of humanitarian intervention in theory, the English School encounters certain challenges in practice.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Capitalism & Insecurity: How Promoting Western Values Fails to Create Peace

Capitalism & Insecurity: How Promoting Western Values Fails to Create Peace

The spread of capitalism in globalisation does not spread nor create peace, but rather, creates the conditions in which conflicts, exploitation and insecurities arise.

Bull’s Critique of Hobbesian International Anarchy

Bull’s Critique of Hobbesian International Anarchy

Hedley Bull’s critique and utilisation of Hobbes’ theory of international anarchy provides a coherent and realistic explanation of the international system.