War and Peace

Torture and the Failure of the International System

Torture and the Failure of the International System

The prevalence of torture represents a failure of the state-led, sovereignty-based international order. A move beyond torture requires a move beyond sovereignty.

Strategic Offensive Weapons and the International System

Strategic Offensive Weapons and the International System

Globalization has reduced the importance of space in geopolitics, but Iraq, Iran and North Korea have developed capabilities to increase the value of space.

Local Governance and the “Arab Spring”: A Guide to Libya’s Political Transition

Local Governance and the “Arab Spring”: A Guide to Libya’s Political Transition

Assessing the extent and characteristics of the impact of the “Arab Spring” on the political trajectory of Libya has proven a difficult task.

Presidential War Powers in Vietnam

Presidential War Powers in Vietnam

With Johnson’s executive mandate for war and Nixon’s justification of executive authority, the Vietnam War set a dangerous precedent for presidential war powers.

Shared Concerns with Opposite Outcomes:  Myanmar and DPRK on China’s Border

Shared Concerns with Opposite Outcomes: Myanmar and DPRK on China’s Border

The shared threat of China provides an interesting and underutilized way to examine the strategic decision to pursue reform or retrenchment in North Korea and Myanmar.

The Challenges of British Counterinsurgency in Helmand – Why did it go so Wrong?

The Challenges of British Counterinsurgency in Helmand – Why did it go so Wrong?

Britain exhibited a lack of adhesion to the rules and maxims posited by classical COIN theory and subsequently faced many challenges.

Does Gender Shape the War System and Vice Versa?

Does Gender Shape the War System and Vice Versa?

Contemporary perceptions of combatants underline how the masculine–aggressive and feminine–passive nexus still lies at the heart of gender and the war system.

Syrian Refugee Women in Lebanon: Gendering Violence through Johan Galtung   

Syrian Refugee Women in Lebanon: Gendering Violence through Johan Galtung  

By utilising gender as a key conceptual tool of analysis, different dimensions of the impact of the Syrian conflict on displaced populations can be examined.

Popular Culture & the Representation of Women’s ‘Agency’ During Indian Partition

Popular Culture & the Representation of Women’s ‘Agency’ During Indian Partition

From popular culture in India, we can identify examples of the strategic deployment of women’s agency. Discussions of agency are necessary for feminist resistance.

Post-Communist Transitions and Military Conflict in Asia

Post-Communist Transitions and Military Conflict in Asia

In China, Laos, and Vietnam, the move from planned to market-oriented economies has increased free trade and diminished levels of international conflict and hostility.

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.

Are High Levels of Violent Crime Inevitable After a Civil War?

Are High Levels of Violent Crime Inevitable After a Civil War?

The emergence of violent crime after war should be considered as the product of a multiplicity of sources associated with conflict and with larger structural dynamics.