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The 2019 E-IR Article Award ($1500 Prize)

E-IR’s Article Award, sponsored by Macmillan, Hurst, I.B. Tauris, Polity & Routledge invites PhD students and early career academics to prepare papers that will contribute to a better understanding of international relations.

Interview – Céline Pajon

Interview – Céline Pajon

Céline Pajon talks to us about the impact of Abenomics, France-Japan relations, as well as Japan’s increasing assertiveness and France’s role in the Asia-Pacific region.

Review – Routledge Handbook of Postcolonial Politics

Review – Routledge Handbook of Postcolonial Politics

This handbook challenges the disciplinary fortress of IR and opens up a world of investigatory possibilities by equating post-colonial politics with global politics.

Do Postcolonial Approaches Explain World Politics Better than Other IR Theories?

Do Postcolonial Approaches Explain World Politics Better than Other IR Theories?

Postcolonial approaches offer a more holistic and nuanced explanation of world politics than most IR theories, but it would be misplaced to describe them as “better”.

Recent Posts

An “Invitation to Struggle”: Congress’ Leading Role in US Foreign Policy

An “Invitation to Struggle”: Congress’ Leading Role in US Foreign Policy

Despite the great importance of the US President in American foreign policy, Congress has the power, through various means, to assert itself and shape US foreign policy.

The US Cannot Take the Japanese Alliance for Granted

The US Cannot Take the Japanese Alliance for Granted

Japan is likely to be the ultimate determining factor in peace and stability in East Asia. To avoid insecurity and great power war, diplomatic efforts should be pursued.

The Limits of Soft Power-Sports Diplomacy Templates in IR Research

The Limits of Soft Power-Sports Diplomacy Templates in IR Research

The sports diplomacy templates fail to provide a meaningful platform for understanding the international impact of mega-sporting event campaigns on a country’s soft power

Student Feature – Theory in Action: Feminism and Peacekeeping

Student Feature – Theory in Action: Feminism and Peacekeeping

By challenging gender orthodoxy, Feminist IR Theory helps shining a light on women as victims and perpetrators of war.

Student Feature – Theory in Action: The English School and the EU

Student Feature – Theory in Action: The English School and the EU

The English School’s various conceptions of society provide helpful lenses to make sense of the EU.

A New Conceptualisation of Child Reintegration in Conflict Contexts

A New Conceptualisation of Child Reintegration in Conflict Contexts

DDR programmes continue to fail at meeting specific needs of children associated with armed forces and groups. A reconceptualisation of these programmes is needed.

Only Intergovernmentalism? Partisanship and Public Policy in the European Union

Only Intergovernmentalism? Partisanship and Public Policy in the European Union

Contrary to popular belief, partisan politics have a notable impact in determining and shaping public policy within the European Union.

Ghost’s Gaze: Direwolves, War, and Interspecies Relations in Game of Thrones

Ghost’s Gaze: Direwolves, War, and Interspecies Relations in Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones to IR scholars represents an artistic form of knowledge and a means for fostering new ways of thinking about violence, sovereign power, and gender.

Politics, Poetry and Ezra Pound

Politics, Poetry and Ezra Pound

One of the many ‘luminous details’ ushering Ezra Pound’s admirers behind a politics borne from grief into balladries of transcendence.

A Rock and a Hard Place: Attempts at Resolving the Cypriot Problem

A Rock and a Hard Place: Attempts at Resolving the Cypriot Problem

Cyprus has experienced ethnic conflict in the past, but is now attempting reunification. However, internal and external actors are impeding this process.

Student Feature – Theory in Action: Realism and ISIS

Student Feature – Theory in Action: Realism and ISIS

Realism often yields strong results as a tool of analysis, as examing the rise of the Islamic State group in the years after the Iraq invasion demonstrated.

A general view of participants at a 35th Session of the Human Rights Council. 6 June 2017. UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré

Human Rights Law as a Control on the Exercise of Power in the UK

The exercise of power in the UK controls human rights law, which is concealed beneath controls and limitations which are powerful in theory, but are lacking in practice.

The German Way of Securitizing the BDS Movement

The German Way of Securitizing the BDS Movement

Critique of Israeli policy is the expression of a political opinion that targets a state and its policy. It is fundamentally distinct from anti-Semitism as the expression of racism.

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