Future IR – Newcastle University

Future IR is a blog from scholars and research students in Politics at Newcastle University. By critically examining international politics and recasting disciplinary traditions in international relations, we seek to advance theories, concepts, and empirical studies in relation to the international and global. In doing so, the blog is oriented towards the future of researching and teaching international politics as well as contributing to understandings of the history and diversity of international politics and its global community of scholars.

Infrastructure and Contemporary Security

Infrastructure and Contemporary Security

Infrastructure and related security discourses on connectivity and flow provide crucial insights into our understanding of the vulnerabilities of contemporary, urban life

Memorialising the Invisible

Memorialising the Invisible

Memorialisation in the Flanders raises important questions about bearing testimony to the place of an atrocity without prescribing a right and proper from of response.

Bhutan’s International Presence and the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers

Bhutan’s International Presence and the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers

Bhutan’s recent upset victory over Sri Lanka in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers should be seen as an apt analogy for Bhutan’s wider presence in the international community.

Thinking About Developmental States Beyond East Asia

Thinking About Developmental States Beyond East Asia

The experience of East Asian states cannot be easily replicated, as the ability of a state to undergo structural transformation is limited by the existing conditions.

The Rise of Popular Culture in IR: Three Issues

The Rise of Popular Culture in IR: Three Issues

As the study of popular culture gains momentum, it is important that the sub-field not reproduce the broader analytic and political shortcomings of the discipline of IR.

China Dreamin’

China Dreamin’

The ‘China Dream’ and the confucian revival both appeal to a halcyon era but underlying them is a much deeper problem: what does it mean to be Chinese today?

Fighting the Environmental Battles: Governance and the Democratic State

Fighting the Environmental Battles: Governance and the Democratic State

Environmental policies have evolved away from the certainties of the 1970s, which reflects a much broader transformation in the nature of the western democratic state.

IR Theory: Problem-Solving Theory Versus Critical Theory?

IR Theory: Problem-Solving Theory Versus Critical Theory?

There are political stakes in our theoretical choices. Critical theory seeks to enable the transformation of things, problem-solving theory – to keep things working.

Contending Nakba-denial: The Role of Oral and Visual Testimonies

Contending Nakba-denial: The Role of Oral and Visual Testimonies

The potential of oral testimonies lies in their ability to create spaces of human interaction in areas where recognition & engagement are not usually forthcoming.

Inoculating against Politics

Inoculating against Politics

Development agencies have started to engage more with the political nature of development. However the nature of politics is that what is ‘right’ is always contestable.

‘House of Cards’ and the Depiction of America’s China

‘House of Cards’ and the Depiction of America’s China

House of Cards indicates a new and emerging China discourse and its growing role in the identity politics shaping US foreign policy.

Are Drones the Answer? The EU and Contemporary Security Challenges

Are Drones the Answer? The EU and Contemporary Security Challenges

While the immediate attractions of drones are fairly obvious in the military setting, the EU needs to consider the consequences of this type of technology use.

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