Essays

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Critics of Liberal Peace: Are Hybridity & Local Turn Approaches More Effective?

Critics of Liberal Peace: Are Hybridity & Local Turn Approaches More Effective?

Despite legitimate critiques of the liberal approach to peace, local and hybrid approaches have failed to present a compelling alternative to the present order.

The Governance of Savagery: International Society, Sovereignty and the Islamic State

The Governance of Savagery: International Society, Sovereignty and the Islamic State

The gap between the analytical tools of IR and its epistemological western framework has contributed to the failure to predict major ‘upheavals’ in the Middle East.

The Gouzenko Affair and the Development of Canadian Intelligence

The Gouzenko Affair and the Development of Canadian Intelligence

Canadian intelligence reached its sophistication as result of the Gouzenko Affair, which triggered a ramp up of counter-espionage and Signals Intelligence capabilities.

A man holds a placard which reads "I am Charlie" to pay tribute during a gathering at the Place de la Republique in Paris January 7, 2015, following a shooting by gunmen at the offices of the magazine. Gunmen stormed the Paris offices of the weekly satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, renowned for lampooning radical Islam, killing at least 12 people, including two police officers in the worst militant attack on French soil in recent decades. The French President headed to the scene of the attack and the government said it was raising France's security level to the highest notch.          REUTERS/Christian Hartmann (FRANCE  - Tags: CRIME LAW MEDIA) - RTR4KFYM

Terrorism and Counterterrorism: French Policy after the 2015 Attacks

The counter-terrorism measures implemented by the French Government after the 2015 attacks have largely failed to meet the challenges of current international terrorism.

Safeguarding a Woman’s Right to Education and Water in Africa

Safeguarding a Woman’s Right to Education and Water in Africa

Despite the presence of protections in international and domestic law, a woman’s right to education and access to water remains unfulfilled in Ghana and South Africa.

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Consequences of Coercion: Impacts and Limitations of Targeted Sanctions Regimes

Despite their widespread usage through the UN Security Council, targeted sanctions regimes fail to effectively impair the capacity of the targeted entity.

(In the pic - President Ramaphosa FOCAC Co-chairperson and President Xi Jinping Chairpeson flanked by other heads of states Equitorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Rwanda President Paul Kagame and Cameroon President Paul Biya at the start of the summit). President Cyril Ramaphosa addressing the Official Ceremony of the High Level dialogue between Chinese and African Leaders and Business Representatives and 6th Conference of the Chinese and African Entrepreneurs at the China National Convention Centre.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) for a State Visit at the invitation of President Xi Jinping and to co-chair the 2018 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit. President Ramaphosa is leveraging the visit to step up his drive to attract investment into the South African economy to stimulate inclusive growth and create employment.

China in Africa: A Form of Neo-Colonialism?

Defying other states, China is acting like a normal emerging power, playing the geopolitical game and inevitably growing its influence on the African continent.

Rethinking Warfare Concepts in the Study of Cyberwar and Security

Rethinking Warfare Concepts in the Study of Cyberwar and Security

Although malicious cyber offenses are, and will remain, threats, the concepts of militarization, militarism and war, are of limited value for understanding cyberwar.

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Is “One Man’s Terrorist Another Man’s Freedom Fighter”?

Terrorists can, in certain theoretical cases, be considered freedom fighters through Just War Theory. However, it is doubtful this threshold is ever reached in practice.

The UN Failure in Yugoslavia: Lessons from Canadian Peacekeeping

The UN Failure in Yugoslavia: Lessons from Canadian Peacekeeping

Canada’s inability to improve UNPROFOR operations in Yugoslavia resulted from an interaction between an inconsistent foreign policy and a changed international system.

16 Days of Activism 2014 in Solomon Islands 

Visitors to the UN Joint agencies Information Booth: Break the SILENCE. End the VIOLENCE

As part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence Campaign, UN Women, UNICEF, WHO and UNDP collaborated with SPC’s Youth@Work to celebrate and support the key role that youth play in the global movement to end violence against women and girls.

PHOTO: UN Women

Constraints On Rape As a Weapon of War: A Feminist and Post-Colonial Revision

Rape as a weapon of war is deeply constrained by mainstream IR analyses, so to re-conceptualize the concept feminist, post-colonial and decolonial theories are needed.

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