Author profile: Richard W. Coughlin
Richard W. Coughlin received a Ph.D. in Political Science from Syracuse University and has taught at Drury University and Florida Gulf Coast University. At this latter institution he is currently an Associate Professor of Political Science. Coughlin has recently published articles in E-IR and the Journal of Political Science Education.


Review – Latin American Extractivism

Richard W. Coughlin • Jun 4 2021 • Features

Steve Ellner’s edited work provides an insightful, if not wholly convincing, argument against dismissing the pink tide and the associated approach to extractivism in Latin America.

Review – The Scientist and the Spy

Richard W. Coughlin • Nov 14 2020 • Features

Hvistendahl’s book charts the story of Robert Mo, the subject of an FBI investigation into industrial espionage, presenting a rich example of an everyday lived experience of the reality of international relations.

Review Feature – The US Foreign Policy Consensus in Crisis

Richard W. Coughlin • Oct 9 2019 • Features

Richard Coughlin analyses Kagan and Walt’s decade old debate on IR theory, the clash between realism and liberalism and how it ties into modern politics in the Trump era.

Review – Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech

Richard W. Coughlin • Feb 21 2019 • Features

Susskind’s account is compelling in terms of its capacity to characterise the coming of the digital lifeworld and to suggest how we can reinvent politics within it.

Review Feature – Organised Crime in Mexico

Richard W. Coughlin • Jan 17 2019 • Features

This review feature examines two books that address developments in organised crime in Mexico, the roots of violence, and the challenges faced by the new government.

War and Identity: The Path to Trump and Beyond

Richard W. Coughlin • Nov 30 2018 • Articles

What we need … is a critique of neoliberalism that builds a progressive alliance … and moves us beyond the parameters of our deeply embedded national identity

Review – Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism

Richard W. Coughlin • Sep 6 2018 • Features

Ian Bremmer argues that the shortcomings of globalism have been channeled into ‘us vs. them politics’, however the solutions he offers need to be broadened.

Review – America Abroad

Richard W. Coughlin • Aug 23 2018 • Features

Brooks and Wohlforth’s book is a defense of deep engagement as a means to maintain a US-led international order but neglects the impact of domestic political issues.

Review – Four Futures: Life After Capitalism

Richard W. Coughlin • Jan 11 2018 • Features

Peter Frase’s book illuminates the potential effects of robotization and climate change on a post-capitalist future and the institutional structures that might emerge.

Review – The International Law of State Responsibility: An Introduction

Richard W. Coughlin • Aug 18 2017 • Features

Kolb provides an excellent overview of the international law of state responsibility in a text that should be of interest to students of law and international relations.

Review – Drug War Capitalism

Richard W. Coughlin • Aug 9 2017 • Features

Dawn Paley’s book captures the opportunistic capacity of neoliberal decision-makers to advance policy agendas through the War on Drugs in Latin America.

Review – Splinterlands

Richard W. Coughlin • Jan 21 2017 • Features

Feffer’s novel is a compelling, short and readable account of what may happen to our world when forms of global integration disintegrate and there is no common future.

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