Features

E-IR publishes regular feature pieces, including reviews of the latest books and interviews with leading figures in the field.

Student Collection: Mapping Counter Piracy Actors

Student Collection: Mapping Counter Piracy Actors

This collection of student essays outlines the actions of those involved in anti-piracy missions, and the weaknesses of current policies, in an attempt to forge a more robust understanding of counter-piracy actions.

Interview – Michael Walzer

Interview – Michael Walzer

Professor Walzer answers reader questions about intervention in Syria, just war in the age of drones, preventing genocide and mass atrocities, and Israel-Palestine peace negotiations.

Interview – Anthony D. Smith

Interview – Anthony D. Smith

Professor Anthony D. Smith answers your questions about the origin of nations, changing conceptions of nationhood in the EU, and the links between nationalism and genocide.

Review – Treading on Hallowed Ground

Review – Treading on Hallowed Ground

Inspired by the much-commented on resurgence of religion in IR, the contributors of this volume see something unusual about counterinsurgency operations when hallowed ground is involved.

Review – The Migration Industry

Review – The Migration Industry

Gammeltoft-Hansen and Nyberg Sørensen’s volume expertly weaves together case studies which offer a contextualised account of roles, conflicts & practices in the migration industry.

Review – The NGO Factor in Africa

Review – The NGO Factor in Africa

Maurice Amutabi questions the role of NGOs in Africa and is critical of their existence. However, this review challenges his perspective to reveal contradictions with the arguments made.

Review – Militarism and International Relations

Review – Militarism and International Relations

Stavrianakis and Selby’s collection successfully incorporates many diverse perspectives on militarism which affirm their claim that a return of militarism to central IR debates is indeed needed.

Review – Great Games, Local Rules

Review – Great Games, Local Rules

Cooley offers a broad perspective of competing and complementary interests that intersect in Central Asia, while simultaneously providing depth of analysis on the ground.

Review – New Public Diplomacy in the 21st Century

Review – New Public Diplomacy in the 21st Century

Pamment offers a meticulous reassessment of public diplomacy, but he falls short in critically interrogating the broader structural issues that have shaped new public diplomacy.

Review – Poverty Reduction in a Changing Climate

Review – Poverty Reduction in a Changing Climate

While an essay collection on the climate-poverty nexus has the potential to fill a gap, problems with presentation and organization ultimately mean that Dulal’s volume does not live up to its potential.

Review – Volatile Social Movements

Review – Volatile Social Movements

While lacking in methodological justification, Rinehart’s systematic analysis of four terrorist organizations illustrates the role of charismatic leadership in pushing once peaceful groups to embrace violence.

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