Essays

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A Critical Assessment of Eco-Marxism: A Ghanaian Case Study

A Critical Assessment of Eco-Marxism: A Ghanaian Case Study

While Eco-Marxism successfully identifies factors that facilitate illegal gold-mining in Ghana, it struggles to provide a coherent solution to the problems it highlights.

Historical Institutionalism Meets IR: Explaining Patterns in EU Defence Spending

Historical Institutionalism Meets IR: Explaining Patterns in EU Defence Spending

Historical institutionalist concepts explain the European Union’s recent increase in defence spending through an analysis of past events and critical junctures.

A Constructivist Approach to Chinese Interest Formation in the South China Sea

A Constructivist Approach to Chinese Interest Formation in the South China Sea

Analysis focusing mainly on security, power and wealth in the case of the South China Sea would be fatal, as this approach would lead straight into Thucydides’ Trap.

Capitalism and the Rise of New Slavery: From Slave Trade to Slave in Trade

Capitalism and the Rise of New Slavery: From Slave Trade to Slave in Trade

To confront new slavery, we need to realise the paradoxes in the West and start questioning basic ideas including sovereignty, freedom and realism as an ideology.

Have Waltz’s Critics Misunderstood His Theory of International Politics?

Have Waltz’s Critics Misunderstood His Theory of International Politics?

Kenneth Waltz’s incompatible use of a positivist approach has become a major shortcoming of his Theory of International Politics.

The ‘Chilling Effect’: Are Journalistic Sources Afforded Legal Protection?

The ‘Chilling Effect’: Are Journalistic Sources Afforded Legal Protection?

Because the United Kingdom’s journalistic protections fall short of the European Convention on Human Rights, whistleblowers may be deterred from disclosing information.

National Identity and the Construction of Enemies: Constructivism and Populism

National Identity and the Construction of Enemies: Constructivism and Populism

Constructivism elucidates how populist parties use identity construction and interest creation to portray their policies as necessary protections of national identity.

Australia on the United Nations Security Council 2013-14: An Evaluation

Australia on the United Nations Security Council 2013-14: An Evaluation

While Australia did have a chance to exert some influence and produce resolutions, the state’s time at the forefront of the Council was not entirely successful.

Queering the Chilean Armada from the Inside Out?

Queering the Chilean Armada from the Inside Out?

Mauricio Ruiz embodies various meanings which contest binary interpretive frameworks aiming to categorize him according to an either/or logic.

Risk Theory vs. Securitisation: An Analysis of the Global Surveillance Program

Risk Theory vs. Securitisation: An Analysis of the Global Surveillance Program

Risk theory’s analysis of global surveillance networks provides a superior alternative to securitisation theory, but it continues to remain underdeveloped.

Creating A Terrorist: Evan Kohlmann v. Sami Osmakac

Creating A Terrorist: Evan Kohlmann v. Sami Osmakac

The expert report in the trial of Sami Osmakac is critically flawed and ultimately unfit to serve as testament to the defendant’s status as a “homegrown” terrorist.

An Ethical Dilemma: How Classical Realism Conceives Human Nature

An Ethical Dilemma: How Classical Realism Conceives Human Nature

Classical realism’s understanding of human nature renders an imperfect depiction of reality that fails to incorporate progress or metaphysical development.

“Sanctions Are Coming”: Fear and Iranophobia in American Foreign Policy

“Sanctions Are Coming”: Fear and Iranophobia in American Foreign Policy

Iran’s characterization as a great threat in the Middle East is largely a result of institutionalized “Iranophobia” within American foreign policy.

Globalisation, Agency, Theory: A Critical Analysis of Marxism in Light of Brexit

Globalisation, Agency, Theory: A Critical Analysis of Marxism in Light of Brexit

Despite an increasing degree of economic integration, Marxist theory must consider geopolitical competition in the relationship between capitalism and the state system.

Emergency Powers and Executives: An Ever-Present Danger of Abuse?

Emergency Powers and Executives: An Ever-Present Danger of Abuse?

History and more recent events have shown that a risk of abuse of emergency powers always looms, even with well-meaning executives, because reduction is not eradication.

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