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.

China’s “Near Seas” Threat – Less than Meets the Eye?

China’s “Near Seas” Threat – Less than Meets the Eye?

There’s no denying that China has made some important progress in building its military capabilities. But it may be premature to consider it a rival to the US at the moment.

Thintelligence

Thintelligence

In IR, knowing basic political geography is important, but so is a broad understanding of history, which is why it is important to quiz students on their knowledge regularly.

New Site, New Voices, Same Purpose

New Site, New Voices, Same Purpose

The relaunch of this blog is going to introduce some exciting new elements and an all-star cast of regular contributors from across the world to ignite dialogue on key issues.

#fail

#fail

A proposal was made that would deem blogging an unprofessional activity for ISA journal editors. If the reaction online is a guide, there’s probably not much support for it.

The North Korean Question

The North Korean Question

Millions of North Koreans are starving and enslaved while other nations of the region thrive. The more the North opens, the more likely its people will gain some freedom.

No Book, No Class

No Book, No Class

The Spring semester is underway at CEFAM in Lyon. There’s barely been a chance to notice the seasonal surroundings, so pressed are the first weeks of the new semester.

Tensions Between Britain and Spain over Gibraltar

Tensions Between Britain and Spain over Gibraltar

In the modern era, sovereignty disputes such as those over Gibraltar have become commonplace, and have proved an area ripe for academic deconstruction.

The Dilemma of Living in a Complex, Multi-faith Society

The Dilemma of Living in a Complex, Multi-faith Society

To what extent it is permissible for a group in a democratic society to conduct its collective life in accordance with rules which are not fully congruent with the laws of that society?

Metaphorically Speaking, ‘Where is the Politics?’: China, Japan, and the Voldemort Controversy

Metaphorically Speaking, ‘Where is the Politics?’: China, Japan, and the Voldemort Controversy

As analysts of world politics, what should we make of the deployment of Voldemort by China and Japan in their ongoing diplomatic dispute?

‘Merkiavelli’ – European Politics in the Real World?

‘Merkiavelli’ – European Politics in the Real World?

The term ‘Merkiavelli’ depicts the political affinity between Machiavelli’s Prince and Angela Merkel. This emerges due to opportunities created by the chaos of the global financial crisis and its repercussions on the Euro.

Announcing the 2013 e-IR Scholarship Award Winner

Announcing the 2013 e-IR Scholarship Award Winner

We are pleased to announce that the 2013 Masters Scholarship has been awarded to Vendula Ženatá, who is studying for her Masters degree at the Anglo-American University in the Czech Republic.

In Defence of Expertise

In Defence of Expertise

What exactly is an ‘expert’ and with the incredible databases of knowledge available, is there really a need for experts anymore? Further, do they still exist beyond the ivory towers of academia?