Conflict

The Syrian Uprising and Social Movements Theory

The Syrian Uprising and Social Movements Theory

Syria’s strong patrimonial military has no incentives to break with the regime. Until such incentives exist, the uprisings will probably fail.

Consolidating New Forms of Citizenship in Turkey

Consolidating New Forms of Citizenship in Turkey

A religion-based, Ottomanistic definition of Turkish identity not only challenges the Kemalist roots of the state but also contributes to a postmodernisation of them.

Can a Nuclear Iran be Considered a Threat to Regional and Global Security?

Can a Nuclear Iran be Considered a Threat to Regional and Global Security?

A nuclear and emboldened Iran engaging in small conflicts presents an acute threat to security because the threat of inadvertent escalation is so dangerous.

Can the “Peace through Law” Approach Work?

Can the “Peace through Law” Approach Work?

Despite criticisms, the ‘peace through law’ approach to international law is a functional & realistic one, and it enables the daily functioning of international law.

Do Drone Strike Assassinations Render Conceptions of ‘Just War’ Redundant?

Do Drone Strike Assassinations Render Conceptions of ‘Just War’ Redundant?

War on Terror drone policies problematise classic Just War (JW) approaches. However, JW-inspired international law has the ability to ensure accountability.

The Impact of Islamic Politics on the 2003 Iraq War

The Impact of Islamic Politics on the 2003 Iraq War

By sponsoring the mujahidin, the US and Pakistan empowered an ideology and movement that encouraged tensions within the Muslim political communities of the Persian Gulf.

A Human Security Approach to Addressing Piracy Off the Coast of Africa

A Human Security Approach to Addressing Piracy Off the Coast of Africa

A naval approach to Somali piracy is & will continue to be ineffective – it doesn’t address its root causes. Piracy will continue without a human security approach.

Pre-Emption and Israeli Decision-Making in 1967 and 1973

Pre-Emption and Israeli Decision-Making in 1967 and 1973

Israel felt vulnerable in 1967, but in 1973 Israeli leaders decided against pre-emption, due to overwhelming military self-confidence and new-found strategic depth.

Bull’s Critique of Hobbesian International Anarchy

Bull’s Critique of Hobbesian International Anarchy

Hedley Bull’s critique and utilisation of Hobbes’ theory of international anarchy provides a coherent and realistic explanation of the international system.

Why is Controlling the Spread of Nuclear Weapons So Difficult?

Why is Controlling the Spread of Nuclear Weapons So Difficult?

Controlling the spread of nuclear weapons remains an impossibility, for as history has shown, more often than not those states which desire them will achieve them.

The Fracturing of the Syrian Resistance Coalition and the Tripolar Civil War

The Fracturing of the Syrian Resistance Coalition and the Tripolar Civil War

The transformation of the Syrian Civil War from a bipolar to a tripolar conflict came from incompatible visions of Syria’s future within the Syrian Resistance Coalition.

John Mearsheimer’s Theory of Offensive Realism and the Rise of China

John Mearsheimer’s Theory of Offensive Realism and the Rise of China

Lacking internal coherence, Mearsheimer’s theory ultimately fails to provide a logically consistent basis for the view that China’s rise will be unpeaceful.