IR

Towards Justice? – Hybridity and Bureau-Shaping in Cambodia

Towards Justice? – Hybridity and Bureau-Shaping in Cambodia

Roger MacGinty writes: “…hybridity demands that we look backwards and ask questions about origins and antecedence” (MacGinty, 2011, p. 78), and it is with this in mind that it will be useful to trace the origins of the bureau-shaping process in Cambodia between June 21st 1997 to June 6th 2003. […]

Why Have Attempts at Pan-African Unity Been So Problematic?

Why Have Attempts at Pan-African Unity Been So Problematic?

The goals of Pan-Africanism are in direct opposition to the global socio-political system, where structural conditions of rule currently facilitate exploitation.

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The United Nation Security Council’s Continued Use of Economic Sanctions

Despite controversy, the use of economic sanctions continues to be a popular option for the UN Security Council due to the introduction of targeted sanctions in the 90’s.

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Drones, Gender and Classical Realists

Drones offer little strategic value because they have the capacity to perpetuate the problem they are trying to solve, which is argued through two theoretical approaches.

Conceptualizing Security: The Strategic Practice of Security

Conceptualizing Security: The Strategic Practice of Security

Security ought to be conceptualized as a strategic practice comprising both (1) the practices used to securitize an issue and (2) the practices used to address it.

Interpreting the Rise of China: Realist and Liberalist Perspectives

Interpreting the Rise of China: Realist and Liberalist Perspectives

Neither Realism nor Liberalism provide a comprehensive explanation of the rise of China; only a synthesis of the two paradigms can be sufficient.

Ethiopia: Land for Sale?

Ethiopia: Land for Sale?

The foreign investor gains land ownership to produce and export food and biofuels while Ethiopia gains foreign capital necessary to boost its fragile economy.

The Situatedness of Social Practices and the Writing of Violence in IR

The Situatedness of Social Practices and the Writing of Violence in IR

Asking what is the nature of the IR field amounts to questioning what IR is for and leads subsequently to exploring what is at stake in the social practices.

The Origins of the Iraq War of 2003 from an International Historical Approach

The Origins of the Iraq War of 2003 from an International Historical Approach

Adopting an international historical approach to the origins of the 2003 Iraq War, as opposed to an IR theory approach, presents both challenges and opportunities.

Universal Security/Emancipation: A Critique of Ken Booth

Universal Security/Emancipation: A Critique of Ken Booth

Booth argues a simple understanding of security and power and the emancipation that he defends contains the possibility of starting the violence it seeks to eliminate.

What Is ‘Neoliberalism’, and How Does It Relate to Globalization?

What Is ‘Neoliberalism’, and How Does It Relate to Globalization?

Globalization and neoliberal economic policy must be considered separately, for there is neither evidence of their correlation nor of a global transition to the latter.

The Field of Security Studies: In Rude Health or a Chronic State of Disrepair?

The Field of Security Studies: In Rude Health or a Chronic State of Disrepair?

Security Studies is in rude health, and will remain so amidst ever-changing global threats so long as scholars continue to engage with security theories critically.