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Contemporary U.S. Foreign Policy Trends and Interactions with Native Americans

Contemporary U.S. Foreign Policy Trends and Interactions with Native Americans

Certain trends in American foreign policy can be better understood when seen as framed by the context of interactions with Native Americans

Does Realism Constitute a Recipe for a More Dangerous World?

Does Realism Constitute a Recipe for a More Dangerous World?

Criticisms that Realism constitutes a recipe for a dangerous world are misplaced, and are largely based upon inaccurately viewing neorealism and realism as synonymous.

Legitimacy and the US-led Invasion of Iraq

Legitimacy and the US-led Invasion of Iraq

The existence of legitimate norms & principles within international society did, in fact, exert influence over the US’ behaviour in its 2003 invasion of Iraq.

A Critical Analysis of Walt’s Concept of Security

A Critical Analysis of Walt’s Concept of Security

Whilst Walt’s concept of security may be limited in scope, he nevertheless offers valuable and sobering guidance to security studies.

An Examination of Russia’s Foreign Policy Through The Clash of Civilizations

An Examination of Russia’s Foreign Policy Through The Clash of Civilizations

Russia’s actions of late are difficult to understand through traditional paradigms, but Huntington’s Clash of Civilization paradigm offers a holistic view of the crisis.

The Effects of the Mexican Drug Trade over the Past Sixty Years

The Effects of the Mexican Drug Trade over the Past Sixty Years

Drug trade has manufactured a deterioration of the federal state, but alarmist discourse conflates heterogeneous local effects with political issues at the national level

Does Free Trade Undermine International Rules Protecting the Environment?

Does Free Trade Undermine International Rules Protecting the Environment?

The WTO undermines international environmental rules. Yet, the WTO’s decisions comply with the mandates for which it operates which do not cover environmental protection.

Food Insecurity and Unrest in the Arab Spring

Food Insecurity and Unrest in the Arab Spring

Rapidly rising international food prices caused the urban middle class to experience acute food insecurity, which is linked to the unrest resulting in the Arab Spring.

Security: An Essentially Contested Concept?

Security: An Essentially Contested Concept?

Security is best seen as an ‘essentially contested concept’ because a universalised, fixed, and static definition is inconsistent with how its meaning changes in context.

Does Realism Best Explain Intelligence Cooperation Between States?

Does Realism Best Explain Intelligence Cooperation Between States?

Scholars should combine Realism with Liberal-Institutionalist and Constructivist theories in order to best explain the reasons why states cooperate over intelligence.

Machiavelli on the Use of Immoral Means in Politics

Machiavelli on the Use of Immoral Means in Politics

If a political prince’s primary purpose is to maintain his leadership, he must develop the capability of appropriately using immoral methods when necessary.
 

State Failure Characterised by the Westphalian Model of Sovereignty

State Failure Characterised by the Westphalian Model of Sovereignty

The nature of sovereignty exposes the definition of state failure and, as such, the challenge to the Westphalian model that failed states represent.