Essays

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EU Foreign Policy in East Asia: EU-Japan Relations and the Rise of China

EU Foreign Policy in East Asia: EU-Japan Relations and the Rise of China

While Japan and the EU are allies who emphasize liberal values in their foreign policy, geopolitical concerns have prevented them from agreeing on a China policy.

The Dangers of Securitizing Health

The Dangers of Securitizing Health

Securitization can be a beneficial strategy for policy makers in global health but its Eurocentric nature creates a binary between the West and developing states.

In Search of a European Strategy? From a Normative to a Pragmatic Approach

In Search of a European Strategy? From a Normative to a Pragmatic Approach

Differences between the ESS and the EUGS are examined, illustrating challenges the EU expects to face and the long-term framework of the EU’s foreign and defence policy.

The Use of “Remote” Warfare: A Strategy to Limit Loss and Responsibility

The Use of “Remote” Warfare: A Strategy to Limit Loss and Responsibility

Remote warfare has become increasingly popular among Western governments as both a political and military tool in the fight against terror.

Buy Good, Do Good, Be Good? Ethical Consumption as Neoliberal Governmentality

Buy Good, Do Good, Be Good? Ethical Consumption as Neoliberal Governmentality

Neoliberal capitalism is reproduced by discourse of ethical consumption as a global-corporate and individualised conflation of the economic and social spheres.

The False Dichotomy of the Material-Ideational Debate in IR Theory

The False Dichotomy of the Material-Ideational Debate in IR Theory

Contrary to what most IR theory perspectives envision, material and ideational forces are mutually constitutive, not oppositional.

The Uneven and Combined Emergence of “Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics”

The Uneven and Combined Emergence of “Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics”

The emergence of China’s capitalist system and its “Chinese characteristics” can be understood as an outcome of uneven and combined development.

The Carter Administration and Human Rights in Chile, 1977-81

The Carter Administration and Human Rights in Chile, 1977-81

Jimmy Carter ignored human rights abuses perpetuated by the Pinochet regime and only responded if the threat was to do with containing the communist threat in Chile.

The Future Challenges Facing Europe as a Global Actor

The Future Challenges Facing Europe as a Global Actor

Geopolitical developments and changes to the international system constitute the major challenges facing the European Union in the future.

Recursive Politics: The 20th-Century Roots of China’s Return to Monarchy

Recursive Politics: The 20th-Century Roots of China’s Return to Monarchy

A look into the history and political philosophy of China explains its current authoritarian tendencies.

Res Publica Christiana Revisited: International Organization in the Middle Ages

Res Publica Christiana Revisited: International Organization in the Middle Ages

A re-examination of Bull’s international society shows how the Middle Ages, while lacking modern states, maintained international organisation with the Catholic Church.

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