Author profile: Stephen McGlinchey

Dr Stephen McGlinchey is the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of E-International Relations and Senior Lecturer of International Relations at UWE Bristol. His publications include Foundations of International Relations (Bloomsbury 2022), International Relations (2017), International Relations Theory (2017) and US Arms Policies Towards the Shah’s Iran (Routledge 2021, 2014). You can find him on twitter @mcglincheyst or Linkedin.

9/11 and the War on Terror

Stephen McGlinchey • Mar 28 2022 • Online resources

The terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 led to the United States starting its ‘War on Terror’, seeking to rid the world of terrorists and governments that supported or enabled them.

Introducing Globalisation in International Relations

Stephen McGlinchey • Mar 27 2022 • Online resources

People have always travelled from place to place and exchanged goods and cultural artefacts. What has changed, due to advances in technology and transportation, is the speed and intensity of this process.

Introducing Human Rights in International Relations

Stephen McGlinchey • Mar 27 2022 • Online resources

It is easy to regard human rights as a failure because, much like international organisations, individuals have not become sovereign the way nation-states are. Yet, this is a premature conclusion to draw.

Nuclear Weapons and International Relations

Stephen McGlinchey • Mar 27 2022 • Online resources

It may seem strange but, despite their offensive power, nuclear weapons are primarily held as defensive tools – unlikely to be ever used. This is due to a concept central to IR known as ‘deterrence’.

Sovereignty and the Nation-State

Stephen McGlinchey • Mar 26 2022 • Online resources

When you look at a map of the world all the earth’s landmasses are divided by borders. Each of these are made (and remade) through historical events reflecting the key ordering principle of our global system.

The Cold War

Stephen McGlinchey • Mar 26 2022 • Online resources

The Cold War (1947–91) was known as such because the presence of nuclear weapons made a traditional war between the United States and the Soviet Union unlikely as they each had the power to destroy each other and in doing so jeopardise human civilisation.

The Importance of World Wars to the Discipline of International Relations

Stephen McGlinchey • Mar 26 2022 • Online resources

The three key actors of International Relations – nation-states, international organisations and individuals – were all in place by 1945 and they still encompass the basic shape of how we make sense of the world today.

Call for Contributors – Global Politics in a Post-Truth Age

Stephen McGlinchey • May 25 2021 • Features

We seek contributors for an open access book to bring together a range of chapters that reflect upon the state of global, regional and national politics in the 21st century within the context of post-truth.

Opinion – University Campuses Should Be Shut Down

Stephen McGlinchey • Sep 30 2020 • Articles

Any hopes that COVID-19 would diminish by now are gone. The truth is that it will disrupt, and materially reshape, universities for at least the duration of this academic year – most likely longer.

A Brief Reflection on the 2017 UK General Election

Stephen McGlinchey • Jun 10 2017 • Articles

The lesson of the election for the Labour party is that if they want to govern again, they need to unite again. The starting point is respecting Jeremy Corbyn’s brand of politics.

Student Feature – Introduction to Diplomacy

Stephen McGlinchey • Jun 2 2017 • Student Features

Diplomacy is a process between actors (diplomats, usually representing a state) who exist within a system (international relations) and engage in private and public dialogue (diplomacy) to pursue their objectives in a peaceful manner.


Stephen McGlinchey • Jan 8 2017 • Articles

In today’s interconnected world, effective and skilful diplomacy is vital to ensure that humankind can navigate an ever-growing list of shared challenges that may be our undoing if left unresolved.

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