Environmental (In)Security in the Middle East

Environmental (In)Security in the Middle East

Environmental issues are interlinked with social and political struggles across the region, and water and food security are areas in which countries have common interests.

Interview – Andrew Hom

Interview – Andrew Hom

Andrew Hom tells us about the temporal turn in IR, different understandings of time, how time is political, and some of the best advice he has received during his career.

Review – The Left Case Against the EU

Review – The Left Case Against the EU

An important contribution to the left debate over the European Union that mercilessly shatters many of the arguments presented by ‘remain and reform’ advocates.

Returning Rohingya: What Does the “Voluntary” in “Voluntary Repatriation” Mean?

Returning Rohingya: What Does the “Voluntary” in “Voluntary Repatriation” Mean?

To examine the voluntariness of voluntary repatriation for Rohingya refugees, a new definition of voluntariness based on acceptable alternatives and capabilities is used.

Recent Posts

Debunking the Concept of “New Terrorism”

Debunking the Concept of “New Terrorism”

Contemporary religious terrorism is not a “new terrorism,” but instead displays similar features to previous forms of terrorism.

Introducing Regional Security in the Middle East

Introducing Regional Security in the Middle East

The Middle East occupies a unique strategic position. Hence, we can understand why it has attracted the attention of great powers and empires throughout history.

Arab LGBTQ Subjects: Trapped Between Universalism and Particularity?

Arab LGBTQ Subjects: Trapped Between Universalism and Particularity?

Human Rights Watch’s campaign ‘No Longer Alone’ demonstrates the inscription of Western universal concepts that are deployed and diffused in a homocolonialist manner.

Interview – Kate Ferguson

Interview – Kate Ferguson

Kate Ferguson talks to us about identity-based violence, the rise in mass-atrocities, the effectiveness of R2P, and the relationship between academia and policy-making.

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A close-up of a UN Police officer as he and colleagues, along with the Haitian National Police, conduct a security operation in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti. Lasting some three hours, the officers’ search for weapons and gang members resulted in seven detained suspects.

Haiti: Peace-Keeping as the Path to Peace, State-Building, and Democracy

More than ten years after the first UN mission, peace is still far from becoming reality, but the government has the instruments to dissuade uprisings and violence.  

How Fear Shapes World Politics

How Fear Shapes World Politics

Fear not only plays an assumptive role in the international system, but is a central notion and emotion in IR that can arise in any context to shape states’ behaviour.

International Political Economy and the 2003 Iraq War: A Keynesian Perspective

International Political Economy and the 2003 Iraq War: A Keynesian Perspective

Keynes’s emphasis on ideas and individuals is better-suited to explaining the United States’ 2003 invasion of Iraq than Marx’s focus on material structures.

The Bio/Necropolitics of State (In)action in EU Refugee Policy: Analyzing Calais

The Bio/Necropolitics of State (In)action in EU Refugee Policy: Analyzing Calais

Europe’s refugee policy creates a form of bio/necropolitics that regulates the life and death of refugees. One can see this policy in action in the “jungle” of Calais.

Interview – Raúl Salgado

Interview – Raúl Salgado

Raúl Salgado talks to us about geopolitics and regionalism in Latin America, the role of small states in regional integration, UNASUR, and Brazil’s role within BRICS.

Iraq’s Evolving Paramilitaries Will Have an Impact on State and Society

Iraq’s Evolving Paramilitaries Will Have an Impact on State and Society

As a semi-autonomous, parallel security force, the PMF groups are now influential political and economic actors, who continue to impact Iraqi state and society.

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The E-IR Student Essay Award award rewards undergraduate and Masters students who share their best essays and dissertations for the benefit of their global peer group.

Societal (In)Security in the Middle East: Radicalism as a Reaction?

Societal (In)Security in the Middle East: Radicalism as a Reaction?

Conflicting identities and loyalties date back to the Sykes-Picot accord. In the years since, they have been emboldened by the functional inefficiencies of Arab states.

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