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.

States, Migrants, and Rights

States, Migrants, and Rights

Today, refugees are increasingly at risk in the context of a European approach to migration which has once again made refugees deportable. This trend requires attention.

Crimea: Putin’s Big Mistake

Crimea: Putin’s Big Mistake

President Obama may be naïve, and Putin may be a tough guy who knows both the West’s weaknesses, but Putin has made a serious mistake in seizing the Crimea.

Direction: Thessaloniki

Direction: Thessaloniki

The World Congress of Political Science is to be held in Thessaloniki, Greece. Hopefully, some good things will come out of the planned trip and the conference.

There Is Ample Scope for the Student Consumer to Demand Better

There Is Ample Scope for the Student Consumer to Demand Better

Given the high price of a university education, and the likelihood of a large loan to be repaid, the student consumer is naturally concerned to obtain value for money.

Iran: New Year, Same Old Problems

Iran: New Year, Same Old Problems

As Iranians celebrate Nowruz, their New Year, they wake up to the same old problems. A truly new Iranian year would be one without the Clerical Regime.

The Popular Geopolitics of Mysterious Flights: MH370 and Herge’s Flight 714

The Popular Geopolitics of Mysterious Flights: MH370 and Herge’s Flight 714

Following the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines MH377, there has appeared a space for the creative and conspiratorial to flourish.

The Return of the Problem-Solvers

The Return of the Problem-Solvers

When it comes to educating the next generation of policy-makers, there is a problem facing the academy and the crises in Ukraine and Syria demonstrate that.

Referendum at Gun Point and the Crisis in Ukraine: Beyond the Propaganda

Referendum at Gun Point and the Crisis in Ukraine: Beyond the Propaganda

The situation affecting Ukraine is the worst geopolitical crisis Europe has witnessed since the end of the Cold War. It represents a serious threat to European security

IR Films

IR Films

While there is the obvious trade off with regards to class time, showing films to students can help them to understand key themes and issues within IR.

Courting Controversy

Courting Controversy

In an IR classroom, it is fine for a professor to share their political views, but there are times when it makes more sense for the professor to refrain from sharing.

Small Classes

Small Classes

Small classes are not encouraged by university administrators who are keen to maximise the return on the time and money invested in delivering face-to-face learning.

Drones and Video Games

Drones and Video Games

The idea that piloting drones is as mindless as video games is popular. But it misses its target by misunderstanding video games and what enables killing from a distance.