Author profile: Alex Stark

Alex Stark is an Editor-at-large of E-International Relations and a member of E-IR’s Editorial board. She is a PhD student in International Relations at Georgetown University. She received her MSc in IR from the London School of Economics and BA from Wellesley College, where she was an Albright Fellow. Follow her on Twitter: @AlexMStark

Review – Cybersecurity and Cyberwar

Alex Stark • Jan 6 2014 • Features

Singer and Friedman make a significant contribution to building a deeper understanding and a common base of knowledge around cybersecurity issues for policymakers and citizens alike.

Review – Poverty Reduction in a Changing Climate

Alex Stark • Aug 24 2013 • Features

While an essay collection on the climate-poverty nexus has the potential to fill a gap, problems with presentation and organization ultimately mean that Dulal’s volume does not live up to its potential.

IR is (Still) a Man’s World

Alex Stark • Jul 9 2013 • Articles

Women are under-represented in International Relations. e-IR wants to hear from you: how do we bring more women’s voices into e-IR, as well as into the IR field as a whole? What do you think?

Review – Poor Economics

Alex Stark • Jun 19 2012 • Features

Written for a popular audience, the authors of Poor Economics seek to sweep aside the broad generalizations about global poverty that economic models tend to create.

Review – Strategic Vision

Alex Stark • Mar 29 2012 • Features

In this book, Zbigniew Brzezinski surveys the forces today that will shape the geo-political landscape of the near- and medium-term future.

Review – Dancing in the Glory of Monsters

Alex Stark • Sep 21 2011 • Features

Jason Stearns’ recently released book ‘Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa’ brings an analytical lens to a conflict that until now has largely been discussed in sentimental terms, if at all. Stearns delivers a fresh perspective on the conflict and an understanding of not just its symptoms, but also its roots.

Water wars? The Role of Hegemony in the Jordan River, Nile River and Columbia River Basins

Alex Stark • Feb 25 2011 • Essays

Predictions of “water wars” have become an important and even customary part of global diplomatic discourse. In 1995, the World Bank’s vice president for environmentally sustainable development famously asserted “if the wars of this century were fought over oil, the wars of the next century will be fought over water”. What is the truth about transboundary water and the potential for war?

Arab Exceptionalism? Tunisia’s Islamist Movement

Alex Stark • Jan 31 2011 • Essays

The notion of “Arab exceptionalism” has become a popular explanation for the notable lack of democratic governance in the Arab world. Written before the recent revolution, this paper explores whether or not the Tunisian Islamist movement is committed to a true democratic transition.

Entitlement to Eat: Explaining the Ukraine Famine of 1932-1933

Alex Stark • Jan 20 2011 • Essays

Scholars do not agree on the causes of the Ukrainian Famine of 1932-1933, popularly known as the Holodomar (“murder by hunger”). Recent research suggests Stalin used “food as a weapon” to subdue Ukrainian national movements. This analysis poses significant challenges to the existing larger body of famine scholarship.

Conflict and Cooperation over International Rivers: A Global Governance Proposal

Alex Stark • Dec 31 2010 • Essays

Rivers are an important source of water for the majority of the world’s people. It is impossible to imagine a world that functions without enough water for everyone, and in which major rivers are being rapidly depleted. This paper will outline the current governance of international rivers.

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