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Only Francis Could Go to Arabia

Only Francis Could Go to Arabia

The Pope’s visit to the United Arab Emirates signals that the Gulf states have much to gain and little to lose from aligning themselves with the West.

Non-State Power: The Case of Hamas

Non-State Power: The Case of Hamas

Non-state actors that prioritize control and censorship over openness, would be deficient in soft power projection and success. So they would fall to using sharp power.

Gender Troubled? Three Simple Steps to Avoid Silencing Gender in IR

Gender Troubled? Three Simple Steps to Avoid Silencing Gender in IR

There are ways to open up space for the inclusion of gender analyses in IR. With some effort, the rote tendency in much of IR to ignore gender can be turned around.

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Why Did the U.S. and Israel Leave UNESCO?

Washington’s exit from UNESCO integrates seamlessly into a longer historical trajectory of engagement with the organization. Israel has little choice but to follow suit.

Key Mileposts and Actors in Settling the Comfort Women Impasse

Key Mileposts and Actors in Settling the Comfort Women Impasse

Bilateral relations reached an impasse after the impeachment of Park Geun-hye in 2017, unsettling further progress with Japan.

A Unified Korea: Good for All (Except Japan)

A Unified Korea: Good for All (Except Japan)

If the Koreas gain greater harmony they may focus more overtly on Japan’s past deeds and its present ambitions, directly impacting upon Japan’s ‘middle power‘ status.

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What IR Can Learn From the Intellectual Historian

The intellectual historian makes an important contribution to IR by taking its practitioners beyond the simple approach to the past that the idea of a canon represents.

The Geopolitics of the 2018 Parliamentary Elections in Bangladesh

The Geopolitics of the 2018 Parliamentary Elections in Bangladesh

Human rights, freedom of speech and political equality are likely to remain under pressure even while the West is likely to continue its support for dissents and critics.

The Global South and UN Peace Operations

The Global South and UN Peace Operations

Motivations to contribute troops vary in the Global South. Most seek to polish their international image. Others use UN peacekeeping to reap financial interests.

Evolutionary Economics and the Question of Corporate Power

Evolutionary Economics and the Question of Corporate Power

If we want answers to the role of Multinational Enterprises in IR, we need to consider the blurring boundaries between market-based mechanisms and political rule.

Establishing a Comfort Women Memorial in the US or Europe

Establishing a Comfort Women Memorial in the US or Europe

The US is culpable in this issue because of its use of the comfort women system and because of U.S. forces’ continued use of a prostitution network across Korea and Japan.

Hungary’s Place in German South-East European Policy, 1919–1944

Hungary’s Place in German South-East European Policy, 1919–1944

The Mittel-Europa idea persisted in German political thought and became a realistic political program after German economic unity in 1871 because of the German state’s political and military power.

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