A crowd of demonstrators participating in a protest against the ongoing use of weapons by rebel militias inside Tripoli and accompanying atmosphere of lawlessness wave banners demanding disarmament and the creation of a national army. The newly-formed Libyan government is struggling to assert itself over the disparate power actors who emerged over the past year.

Human Rights Movements in the Middle East

After decades of activism and the recent protest movements, there has been little progress in changing state action to comply with international human rights law.

Interview – Abbey Steele

Interview – Abbey Steele

Abbey Steele talks to us about the Colombian conflict, forms of displacement, the practice of ‘subcontracted state-building’, her fieldwork in Colombia and women in IR.

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.

Sketchy Depictions – Gendering of Female Politicians in Editorial Cartoons

Sketchy Depictions – Gendering of Female Politicians in Editorial Cartoons

As shown by an analysis of editorial cartoons, depictions of female political leaders are gendered based off their political credibility at the time.

Recent Posts

Narratives, Emotions, and the Contestations of the Liberal Order

Narratives, Emotions, and the Contestations of the Liberal Order

Scholars should look at narratives in order to explore developments in world politics and because they might make them mindful of the nature of their own narratives.

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.

Economic (In)security and Economic Integration in the Middle East

Economic (In)security and Economic Integration in the Middle East

Although strategic plans like ‘Vision 2030’ acknowledge problems, it remains to be seen whether the GCC states can address increasing inequality, unemployment, and a decline in oil wealth.

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.

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.

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.

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