War and Peace

Divide and Rule: A Machiavellian Account of Israel’s Targeted Killings

Divide and Rule: A Machiavellian Account of Israel’s Targeted Killings

From a Realist perspective, Israel‘s application of targeted killings is consistent with its grand strategy and has undermined the Palestinian independence movement.

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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.

Japanese Imperialism as a Self Defence Mechanism

Japanese Imperialism as a Self Defence Mechanism

Nationalism and a fear of foreign domination led Japan to pursue domestic and external reform, shun traditional Sino-centrism, and build a European-style empire in Asia.

Transitional Justice in Eastern Europe: Present Dilemmas of the Communist Past

Transitional Justice in Eastern Europe: Present Dilemmas of the Communist Past

While there were legitimate moral reasons for pursuing lustration, political factors established lustration as the dominant framework for transitional justice.

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.

Does Neoclassical Realism Provide a Compelling Approach to Military Change?

Does Neoclassical Realism Provide a Compelling Approach to Military Change?

Accommodating other theories, Neoclassical Realism can explain military change through the internal characteristics and grand strategies of states.

One War, Many Reasons: The US Invasion of Iraq

One War, Many Reasons: The US Invasion of Iraq

The US invasion of Iraq in 2003 was the culmination of a long series of events and the product of many complex, different, and yet interrelated factors.

Subverting Sovereignty: Political Theology and the American Constitution

Subverting Sovereignty: Political Theology and the American Constitution

Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War represent a number of restraining measures on the executive that may not give him complete unilateral power in emergency situations.

Is the Security Dilemma an Inescapable Reality or Self-Fulfilling Prophecy?

Is the Security Dilemma an Inescapable Reality or Self-Fulfilling Prophecy?

The security dilemma is self-fulfilling and inescapable: states can take defensive positions to mitigate its negative effects, but this only postpones the inevitable.

Containing China? The United States in the South Pacific Since 2011

Containing China? The United States in the South Pacific Since 2011

The rebalancing by the United States towards the South Pacific is less about containment and is more about competitive engagement in the region.

United Nations Personnel in the Democratic Republic of Congo

United Nations Personnel in the Democratic Republic of Congo

New guidelines for determining the applicability of international humanitarian law to United Nations peace operations are both necessary and urgent.

Rhetoric of Responsibility: R2P’s Harmful Application in Humanitarian Practice

Rhetoric of Responsibility: R2P’s Harmful Application in Humanitarian Practice

From a well-meaning attempt at humanitarian action following the crises of the 1990s, the Responsibility to Protect has nevertheless become a vehicle for self-interest.