Author profile: Evan Ritli

Evan Ritli is a Juris Doctor student at Monash Law School. He holds a Master of International Relations from the University of Melbourne, and a BA (Hons) in International Studies from RMIT University. His research interests include IR theory, International Law, Human Rights, Colonialism/Postcolonialism, and Religion.

Postcolonialism and the Reassertion of ‘Non-Modern’ Thought

Evan Ritli • May 2 2013 • Essays
Positioned outside the modernist project, postcolonial critiques can highlight the limitations placed upon traditional theories of International Relations by their adherence to modernism.

Islam and Political Power

Evan Ritli • Oct 25 2011 • Essays
Following 9/11 and more recently the Arab Spring, the relationship between Islam and politics has faced renewed attention. In contemporary Islamic states, religion theoretically guides the exercise of political power but in practice it is used and employed as a tool of realpolitik.

United Nations Peacekeeping and the Question of Reform

Evan Ritli • Jul 18 2011 • Essays
Since the first peacekeeping operation was deployed some sixty years ago, peacekeeping has developed to become one of the most important areas of UN responsibility. The rapid growth of UN peacekeeping has meant that this development has often happened in an ad hoc and relatively unguided manner. As a result mistakes and failures have occurred.

Colonialism, Lebanon and the Middle East

Evan Ritli • Jul 5 2011 • Essays
Many of the recent uprisings in the Middle East have been in reaction to political systems and traditions which can be traced back to the colonial period. This is very much the case with the protests against Confessionalism in Lebanon. Although colonial rule has ended, its legacy continues in contemporary Middle Eastern politics.

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