Constructivism and ‘First Encounters’: A Critique

Erik Ringmar • Aug 30 2020 • Articles

Constructivists are mistaken to only look at the interpreted, verbalized, aspects of international encounters. Our investigations must study what our bodies know and the suggestions they make.

A Brief Overview of Alexander Wendt’s Constructivism

Zhan Mengshu • May 19 2020 • Articles

Wendt’s work enhances understandings of identities and interests – expanding IR’s understanding of anarchy and of phenomena not explained well by other theories.

Review – The Value of Everything

Brianna Nicole Hernandez • May 14 2020 • Features

With an eclectic view on the economy, Mazzucato constructs a complex configuration of value creation beyond the tangible.

Interview – Zeynep N. Kaya

E-International Relations • May 11 2020 • Features

Zeynep Kaya tackles the repercussions of the Turkish invasion of Northern Syria, the position of women in Iraqi Kurdistan and the recovery of Yazidi communities.

The Virtue of Being Small: An Analysis of Luxembourg’s Defence Strategy

Christian Nikolaus Braun • Mar 20 2020 • Articles

Not only has Luxembourg prospered economically, but is has also been able to maintain its political sovereignty and territorial integrity at a very low cost.

Review – Quantum Mind and Social Science

Rainer Ricardo • Mar 10 2020 • Features

Alexander Wendt claims the supremacy of scientific realism by establishing a synthesis between two irreconcilable ontologies: the physical and social.

Climate Ideas as Drivers of Pacific Islands’ Regional Politics and Cooperation

Athaulla A. Rasheed • Jan 15 2020 • Articles

An ideational approach to regional politics can better inform how climate ideas have shaped the Pacific Islands in driving their regional agenda.

Student Feature – Theory in Action: Constructivism and Bhutan’s National Interests

Sarina Theys • Sep 9 2019 • Student Features

Bhutan has developed a distinctive national identity that differentiates it from its neighbours, making it an interesting case to apply to constructivism.

Japanese ‘LGBT Boom’ Discourse and its Discontents

Ioana Fotache • Aug 20 2019 • Articles

The separation between political queer discourse and local behaviour has long existed and the adoption of universal terminology risks rendering subjectivities invisible.

The Namelessness of Lives: What’s Not in a Name?

Cai Wilkinson • Aug 8 2019 • Articles

While our personal names shape perceptions, the labels used to describe our gendered selves and desires are radically different to different people across time and place.

Review – Security Entrepreneurs: Performing Protection in Post-Cold War Europe

Scott Fitzsimmons • Dec 12 2018 • Features

The book examines the approach to security privatization taken in four Eastern European states, revealing the influence of global norms and the post-communist transition.

Norms, Norm Violations, and IR Theory

Scott N. Romaniuk and Francis Grice • Nov 15 2018 • Articles

With the shift from a unipolar world to a multipolar one, understanding the interactions between strong powers and norms, norm violations, and norm shifts is important.

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