Essays

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The Cosmopolitan-Communitarian Clash over Syria in Conservative Politics

The Cosmopolitan-Communitarian Clash over Syria in Conservative Politics

The tension between Conservative politicians’ cosmopolitan and communitarian policy reflects a new stratum of division in British politics more broadly.

Soviet Legacies and the Consolidation of Economic Rentierism in Kazakhstan

Soviet Legacies and the Consolidation of Economic Rentierism in Kazakhstan

Soviet legacies helped shape Central Asia both economically and politically. In post-independence Kazakhstan, these legacies facilitated the rise of economic rentierism.

Fighting Patriarchy like it’s 1938: Virginia Woolf, Trailblazer of Feminist IR

Fighting Patriarchy like it’s 1938: Virginia Woolf, Trailblazer of Feminist IR

Virginia Woolf’s work “Three Guineas” should be read as a transgressive, iconoclastic, and avant-gardist classic of critical feminist and gendered IR theory.

Is Universal Health Coverage Always the Best Solution to Health Challenges?

Is Universal Health Coverage Always the Best Solution to Health Challenges?

While Universal Health Coverage remains a goal worth pursuing, it faces numerous local and global challenges rendering its meaningful implementation difficult.

Are We Living in a Post-Panoptic Society?

Are We Living in a Post-Panoptic Society?

When Foucault’s theory is analysed in the context of contemporary surveillance, it suggests that we are living in a post-panoptic society.

Egypt’s Security Paradox in Libya

Egypt’s Security Paradox in Libya

Direct security concerns have pushed Egypt into a security paradox regarding Libya. By supporting militias, Egypt is directly contradicting UN unity efforts.

Negotiating Sovereignty: Japanese Power and the Non-Proliferation Treaty

Negotiating Sovereignty: Japanese Power and the Non-Proliferation Treaty

Clear asymmetries of power existed between Japan and the hegemonic Cold War powers during the Non-Proliferation Treaty negotiations, yet each party received concessions.

Armies of Women: The Syria Crisis and the New War Thesis

Armies of Women: The Syria Crisis and the New War Thesis

The Syrian Civil War constitutes a “new war” from the feminist perspective when it is contextualised within the literature of the new war debate.

Principles or Power: Mussolini’s Invasion of Ethiopia

Principles or Power: Mussolini’s Invasion of Ethiopia

Mussolini’s invasion of Ethiopia and the failure of the League of Nations to prevent it is best explained through the liberal school of International Relations.

Crisis or Continuation? The Trump Administration and Liberal Internationalism

Crisis or Continuation? The Trump Administration and Liberal Internationalism

The Trump presidency’s foreign policy can be understood in ‘Trumpian’ Neo-realist terms, which has potential ramifications for the Liberal Internationalist Order.

The Kosovan Precedent for the Annexation of Crimea

The Kosovan Precedent for the Annexation of Crimea

The Kosovan and Crimean situations are superficially similar, but commentators are wrong to claim that a Kosovan precedent can be applied to Crimea.

Walking a Fine Line: The Pros and Cons of Humanitarian Intervention

Walking a Fine Line: The Pros and Cons of Humanitarian Intervention

Humanitarian intervention remains a troubled, yet necessary concept that is impeded by a continuing schism between its legal nature and real world application.

Flags of member nations flying at United Nations Headquarters. 30/Dec/2005. UN Photo/Joao Araujo Pinto. www.unmultimedia.org/photo/

Assessing the Claim That the Development of International Theory Is Over

The absence of an independent ontological foundation has rendered the progression and development of future International Relations theory stagnant.

‘Almost Perfect’: The Bureaucratic Politics Model and U.S. Foreign Policy

‘Almost Perfect’: The Bureaucratic Politics Model and U.S. Foreign Policy

The Bureaucratic Politics Model provides an ‘almost perfect’ guide to U.S. foreign policymaking, as the presence of the President creates exceptions in this analysis.

Building Boundaries: The Sources of Nagorno Karabakh’s De Facto Statehood

Building Boundaries: The Sources of Nagorno Karabakh’s De Facto Statehood

This essay explains the variety of forces that operate within Nagorno Karabakh’s enclave – especially the ones related to Nation-Building and State-Making processes.

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