IR

Why Doesn’t Iran Want the Bomb?

Why Doesn’t Iran Want the Bomb?

When adding up the potential benefits and impediments, Iran will unlikely upgrade its current civilian nuclear programme to a military nuclear weapons programme.

Current Space Law Limitations and Its Implications on Outer Space Conflicts

Current Space Law Limitations and Its Implications on Outer Space Conflicts

This is an exciting time for the entirety of human civilization, it is important for all parties in the planning of the forthcoming human expansion into outer space.

What Accounts for the Sino-Russian Alliance?

What Accounts for the Sino-Russian Alliance?

Sino–Russian relations are better today than at any point throughout their troubled history, due to the structure of the inter-state system and domestic factors.

Providing Security? Border Control and the Politics of Migration in the EU

Providing Security? Border Control and the Politics of Migration in the EU

Depicting how certain assumptions are constructed, constructivism is useful to unveil that the security threat of migration is socially produced.

A Social Constructivist’s Explanation of the Iranian Revolution

A Social Constructivist’s Explanation of the Iranian Revolution

The extent to which social forces influenced the overhaul of Iranian society presents an advantageous case study which social constructivism can explain.

How Understanding Emotions in IR Can Help Explain Anti-Americanism

How Understanding Emotions in IR Can Help Explain Anti-Americanism

Negative attitudes towards the United States are generally specific to foreign policy choices rather than a broader statement about American culture or society.

The Securitization of the Iraqi Regime Using the Three Levels of Analysis

The Securitization of the Iraqi Regime Using the Three Levels of Analysis

The three levels of analysis can explain why contention can emerge when political issues are securitized such as the securitization of the Iraqi regime and US invasion.

Friendship and International Relations

Friendship and International Relations

Although states can construct meaningful bonds between each other, these are better conceptualised as partnerships, not friendships. State relations are not friendships.

Brian Friel at home.
Bobbie Hanvey, photographer.
Image bh015812, Bobbie Hanvey Photographic Archives, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.
This image is part of a series of images found at: hdl.handle.net/2345/3167

Mapping Postcolonial Ireland: The Political Geography of Friel’s ‘Translations’

Geographical knowledge can be politicized, such that maps are techniques of power, representing a manipulated and politically-charged discourse about the world.

Europe as a Normative Power on Climate Change? The EU’s Engagement with China

Europe as a Normative Power on Climate Change? The EU’s Engagement with China

By examining the European Union’s engagement with China on climate change, the EU could arguably be a credible normative power on climate change policy.

Ukraine Conflict: An Inflection Point of International Security

Ukraine Conflict: An Inflection Point of International Security

The global level of analysis represents a useful framework to examine a key dimension of the Ukraine conflict: the interstate proxy struggle between Russia and the West.

Does International Order Ultimately Rely on States and Military Power?

Does International Order Ultimately Rely on States and Military Power?

Despite the growing significance of other actors and factors, the contemporary global international order still ultimately relies on states and military power.