Essays

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Dealing with Myanmar’s Past — a Call for a Truth Commission

Dealing with Myanmar’s Past — a Call for a Truth Commission

The creation of a truth commission in Myanmar will address the country’s past and help overcome the current democratic deadlock without sacrificing past progress.

Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Nomaindiya Mfeketo meeting with her counterpart Chinese Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Chen Xiaodong, in Pretoria. 22/08/2017

To What Extent Has China’s Security Policy Evolved in Sub-saharan Africa?

China’s security policy toward Sub-Saharan Africa has grown more interventionist as its economic ties deepen and its desire to protect Chinese citizens abroad increases.

Reflexivity and Autobiography within International Relations Theory

Reflexivity and Autobiography within International Relations Theory

Autobiographical IR transcends an ontologically fixed subject and object, opting instead to deconstruct their nature and complicate their interactions with reflexivity.

Decolonising World Politics: Anti-Colonial Movements Beyond the Nation-State

Decolonising World Politics: Anti-Colonial Movements Beyond the Nation-State

Nationalism does not determine an anti-colonial movement’s success because it does not capture the transnational and intersectional nature of colonial legacies.

Kaliningrad’s Energy Self-sufficiency: Potentials and Opportunities

Kaliningrad’s Energy Self-sufficiency: Potentials and Opportunities

Relations between the EU and Russia have sparked concerns regarding energy relations, notably with respect to Kaliningrad’s energy security.

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.

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