Essays

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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.

The Instrumentalization of Energy and Arms Sales in Russia’s Middle East Policy

The Instrumentalization of Energy and Arms Sales in Russia’s Middle East Policy

Energy cooperation and arms sales to the Middle East have emerged as key foreign policy instruments for Russia in its attempted re-emergence as a Great Power.

Violence and Political Order: Galtung, Arendt and Anderson on the Nation-State

Violence and Political Order: Galtung, Arendt and Anderson on the Nation-State

The nation-state’s monopoly of violence means that the two are inextricably linked, with nationalism being the basis of political order.

A Strategic Playground: What Are Russia’s Interests in Post-9/11 Central Asia?

A Strategic Playground: What Are Russia’s Interests in Post-9/11 Central Asia?

Moscow’s hegemonic aspirations in Central Asia have led to a complex strategy involving dilution of American presence in the region and limited cooperation with China.

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Agents of Change: Policy Entrepreneurs and Inducements in International Politics

Influential stakeholders within foreign policy elites are necessary to break with existing cultural norms and push positive inducements to the top of the policy agenda.

Is the International System Racist?

Is the International System Racist?

Historically grounded discourses continue to legitimise and naturalise racism and inequality in the international system.

How Effective Is the SCO as a Tool for Chinese Foreign Policy?

How Effective Is the SCO as a Tool for Chinese Foreign Policy?

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation is the best way forward for Chinese foreign policy, but the risk of competition or conflict between China and Russia remains.

Were Fukuyama, Mearsheimer or Huntington Right about the Post-Cold War Era?

Were Fukuyama, Mearsheimer or Huntington Right about the Post-Cold War Era?

The prospective claims made by Fukuyama, Mearsheimer and Huntington are insufficient to adequately describe post-Cold War international relations.

Can China Continue to Rise Peacefully?

Can China Continue to Rise Peacefully?

China’s economic and political rise is unlikely to be peaceful in the medium to long-term scope of US-China relations due to its pursuit of an aggressive foreign policy.

Can International Organisations Become “Autonomous Sites of Authority”?

Can International Organisations Become “Autonomous Sites of Authority”?

While international organisations can become autonomous sites of authority, they are never fully independent actors.

(Impossible) Women and Boko Haram: The Paradox of Female Support to Sharia Law

(Impossible) Women and Boko Haram: The Paradox of Female Support to Sharia Law

A nuanced and contextual analysis is necessary to understand Nigerian women’s agency and their involvement with Boko Haram.

Queer Asylum Seekers as a Threat to the State: An Analysis of UK Border Controls

Queer Asylum Seekers as a Threat to the State: An Analysis of UK Border Controls

UN refugee laws and the UK asylum process perpetuate unrealistic expectations of queer identity for asylum seekers.

A woman surveys what is left of her home after government bulldozers moved in to raze down building structures as part of a campaign to clean up Monrovia.  The illegal structures were built by residents during the conflict after their previous homes were destroyed by mortars and gunfire.
31/Mar/2007. Monrovia, Liberia. UN Photo/Eric Kanalstein. www.unmultimedia.org/photo/

Why Are Feminist Theorists in International Relations so Critical of UNSCR 1325?

UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security offered policy recommendations that failed to make significant changes to women and girls in areas of armed conflict.

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