War and Peace

‘R2P’ as an Emerging Norm

‘R2P’ as an Emerging Norm

R2P’s power lies in its potential, as an emerging norm, to shift state attitudes to mass atrocity crimes to a legal commitment to protect at risk people around the world.

The Role of Transitional Justice Processes in Building Peace in Latin America

The Role of Transitional Justice Processes in Building Peace in Latin America

To play an effective role in peace building, truth commissions must address underlying structural violence and contribute to the success of additional justice mechanisms.

Historical Animosity: One of Many Sources of Sino–Japanese Tensions Today

Historical Animosity: One of Many Sources of Sino–Japanese Tensions Today

Historical animosity has been a major factor in Sino–Japanese tensions, but strategic regional objectives remain their primary motivator.

To What Extent is Reconciliation an Appropriate Term in Post-Conflict Societies?

To What Extent is Reconciliation an Appropriate Term in Post-Conflict Societies?

Due to unrealistic expectations associated with ‘thick’ reconciliation, ‘thin’ reconciliation offers practical realities and moral intent in post-conflict scenarios.

Aiming from a Distance: The Implications of the Use of Drones for Security

Aiming from a Distance: The Implications of the Use of Drones for Security

Shaw’s risk-transfer theory and Der Derian’s conceptualization of virtuous war allow an in-depth understanding of the deployment of drones in the War on Terror.

A Constructivist Approach to China’s Aircraft Carrier Ambitions

A Constructivist Approach to China’s Aircraft Carrier Ambitions

The symbolic power of the aircraft carrier was key to China’s public demand to develop aircraft capabilities and reflective of desires to achieve world power prestige.

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.