Features

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

Review – Changing Norms Through Actions

Review – Changing Norms Through Actions

Ramos’ research is empirically rich and theoretically innovative, using social psychology to argue that the more costly an intervention is, the more contingent sovereignty becomes.

Review – The Routledge Handbook of European Security

Review – The Routledge Handbook of European Security

Despite some problems, this volume systematically captures and delineates the complexity that makes up the structures and outcomes of European security institutions.

Review – Modernism and Totalitarianism

Review – Modernism and Totalitarianism

Shorten’s case for considering totalitarianism a modern phenomenon is scholarly in the best sense, providing an insightful overview of the evidence and drawing a qualified conclusion.

Interview – Graeme Snooks

Interview – Graeme Snooks

Professor Snooks answers your questions about his dynamic-strategy theory, what past financial crises can tell us about the world’s current economic turmoil, and the future of great power clashes.

Review – Routledge Handbook of African Politics

Review – Routledge Handbook of African Politics

The editors should be congratulated on recruiting such a calibre and range of expertise for their project and merging this knowledge and experience into a cohesive and accessible volume.

Review – Somalia: The New Barbary?

Review – Somalia: The New Barbary?

Unfortunately, Murphy’s book is a neo-colonial rendering of piracy: neither a worthy introduction to piracy and Islam in Somalia, nor does it provide new material or analysis for the trained eye.

Review – Insurgency in Chechnya and the North Caucasus

Review – Insurgency in Chechnya and the North Caucasus

Schaefer delves into the breadth and depth of the Chechen-Russian conflict using his military expertise to offer a detailed examination of the conflict.

Interview – Tariq Ramadan

Interview – Tariq Ramadan

Professor Ramadan answers your questions about the compatibility of Islam and liberal democracy, prospects for the Arab Spring, and the ongoing crisis in Syria.

Review – Feminist Security Studies

Review – Feminist Security Studies

Wibben’s advocacy for a more self-reflexive approach in which the researcher actively listens to her subjects constitutes a democratization of research in a field very much in need of it.

Review – US Special Forces and Counterinsurgency in Vietnam

Review – US Special Forces and Counterinsurgency in Vietnam

Ives’ strange book tells and retells the same story about U.S. Special Forces and counterinsurgency, repeating traditional criticisms of U.S. strategy in Vietnam.

Review – Ontological Security in International Relations

Review – Ontological Security in International Relations

Steele’s well-researched book convincingly appends the field’s more materialist notions of security, but the merits lie as much with its novel conclusions as they do with the ideas it inspires.

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