Blogs

E-IR’s blogs offer informed, but informal, short posts written by experts to be read and digested quickly. You can access the homepage for each blog via the sidebar to the right.

Inoculating against Politics

Inoculating against Politics

Development agencies have started to engage more with the political nature of development. However the nature of politics is that what is ‘right’ is always contestable.

Mental Health and Student Welfare: A Student Reflection

Mental Health and Student Welfare: A Student Reflection

Getting the support that you are legally entitled to, and you deserve, shouldn’t be shameful or difficult. If I didn’t get it, my degree would have finished prematurely.

Genuine Thinking and Public Outreach

Genuine Thinking and Public Outreach

Writing blog posts helps students to develop scientific-based arguments in plain English for ordinary readers and exercise various skills acquired during studies.

The Princess of No Man’s Land: Bir Tawil and the Geographical Imagination

The Princess of No Man’s Land: Bir Tawil and the Geographical Imagination

No Man’s Lands are rarely empty. They are spaces that are occupied, utilized and stewarded, and layered with geographical, historical and narrative complexities.

A Propensity to Ignore? R2P Advocacy and the Crisis in Gaza

A Propensity to Ignore? R2P Advocacy and the Crisis in Gaza

The ignorance by R2P advocacy groups of the situation in Gaza contributes to the perception that the R2P is a selective tool of western states.

‘House of Cards’ and the Depiction of America’s China

‘House of Cards’ and the Depiction of America’s China

House of Cards indicates a new and emerging China discourse and its growing role in the identity politics shaping US foreign policy.

How Many Have to Die? Iraq and the Scale of the Crime

How Many Have to Die? Iraq and the Scale of the Crime

The real challenge facing the R2P is that there are multiple ‘manifest failings’ occurring on a range of different scales therefore we should not expect too much from it.

How to Create British Values

How to Create British Values

There is nothing wrong with endorsing freedom, tolerance and respect for the law as values. But claiming that they emerge from a particular national identity is divisive.

Are Drones the Answer? The EU and Contemporary Security Challenges

Are Drones the Answer? The EU and Contemporary Security Challenges

While the immediate attractions of drones are fairly obvious in the military setting, the EU needs to consider the consequences of this type of technology use.

Entropy Versus Thought Traditions: IR Theory Isn’t Dead Yet

Entropy Versus Thought Traditions: IR Theory Isn’t Dead Yet

Despite evidence to the contrary, IR Theory is enjoying a renaissance in novel and dynamic ideas that will keep theorists entertained and debating for years to come.

Man-Up Mr Snowden! Masculinities and National Security

Man-Up Mr Snowden! Masculinities and National Security

Ever since news broke that Edward Snowden was the National Security Agency ‘leaker’ and fugitive, discussion has raged about his masculinity, including his sexuality.

Our Shocked Regard: The Act of Killing and the Indonesian Genocide

Our Shocked Regard: The Act of Killing and the Indonesian Genocide

Joshua Oppenheimer’s unique and disturbing ‘The Act of Killing’ examines the Indonesian genocide of the 1960s. The film succeeds and fails in equal measures.