Should International Relations Scholars Care About Religious Freedom?

Should International Relations Scholars Care About Religious Freedom?

Since religious repression can contribute to extremist ideology and violence then religious freedom can be vital in addressing religiously inspired civil wars and terrorism.

The Enduring Relevance of International Regimes

The Enduring Relevance of International Regimes

Theorizing about international regimes from multiple angles has provided enduring and fruitful insights into world politics and the origins and effects of international cooperation.

Assessing Rio Plus 20

Assessing Rio Plus 20

It is too early to tell whether the Rio Plus 20 conference has been a success or failure. Assessing its impact rests on the question of whether or not political actors are able to build from the conference.

The International Politics of Religious Defamation

The International Politics of Religious Defamation

The current focus by scholars and policymakers on the role of religion in international relations is a welcome development. It’s transnational power can serve as a force for both good or ill by challenging the exclusive authority of states over their citizens, and debates over religious issues cannot be understood without taking religious beliefs into account.

America’s New Best Friend: The UK vs Japan

America’s New Best Friend: The UK vs Japan

The challenge in the months ahead will be to ensure that Britain’s isolation can be reversed with the discovery of a new purpose at the centre of world affairs.

Crossings and Candles: A Reflection on the Discipline of International Relations

Crossings and Candles: A Reflection on the Discipline of International Relations

There is a paradox which stalks the discipline of IR: as it speaks of peace, the principle of sovereignty, which is at the centre of its world view, looks out upon messy – and often very violent – social relationships.

Syria and the Future of the Chemical Weapon Taboo

Syria and the Future of the Chemical Weapon Taboo

Events in Syria have further stigmatized chemical weapons, yet does not support the claim that the global norm against chemical weapons is strengthening.

An Unnecessary War: The Geopolitical Roots of the Ukraine Crisis

An Unnecessary War: The Geopolitical Roots of the Ukraine Crisis

Ukraine’s geopolitical position, and the interventions of competing outside powers pursuing their own self-interest led to the continuing civil war in Ukraine.

Getting Away With It: How Governments Sew Up Foreign Policies in Advance

Getting Away With It: How Governments Sew Up Foreign Policies in Advance

All foreign policies are stitched together in order to appease the greatest number of potential stakeholders while limiting the number of potential opponents.

Visions of a Techno-Leviathan: The Politics of the Bitcoin Blockchain

Visions of a Techno-Leviathan: The Politics of the Bitcoin Blockchain

You do not escape the world of big government by wishing for a trustless set of technologies that collectively resemble a technocratic crypto-sovereign.

South Africa’s general election: ‘win-win’ or still a worry?

South Africa’s general election: ‘win-win’ or still a worry?

South Africa’s general election which was held on April 22 has yielded the proverbial ‘win-win’ situation for all the participants except the tiny parties, who failed to impress voters and whose futures now hang in the balance. Although this outcome-and the peaceful and well-organised poll-augur well for democracy in the former apartheid state, many still believe that the country’s fifteen year-old democracy may be in peril.

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