Copenhagen School

Rival Securitising Attempts in the Democratisation of Hong Kong

Neville Chi Hang Li • Mar 29 2019 • Articles

The Chinese “one country, two systems” principle is politically threatened by two emerging securitising attempts throughout the democratisation of Hong Kong.

Interview – Lene Hansen

E-International Relations • Jul 12 2018 • Features

Prof. Lene Hansen discusses securitization scholarship, developments in discourse analysis, and the role of images and the ‘visual turn’ in International Relations.

Securitisation Theory: An Introduction

Clara Eroukhmanoff • Jan 14 2018 • Articles

Securitisation challenges ideas about the universality and objectivity of security and emphasises the ways in which knowledge is not merely ‘out there’ but is driven by interests.

The End Days of the World System? Before Armageddon the Long Nights of Ignorance

Stephen Chan • Nov 30 2017 • Articles

It is impossible to turn religious enquiry into a foreign policy brief or accord it much utilitarian use in foreign policy formulation as it allows no options for actions.

Interview – Holger Stritzel

E-International Relations • Aug 2 2017 • Features

Dr Stritzel discusses what it means to be “critical”, assesses developments in securitization studies, and gives some advice for young Critical Security Studies scholars.

International Climate Change Politics: Challenges and Opportunities

Katharina Rietig • Aug 1 2012 • Articles

The path to a more effective international climate politics is paved by transition to low carbon economies that reflect the true costs of greenhouse emissions.

Making Sausage

Rodger A Payne • May 23 2012 • Articles

IR scholars rarely have access to real-time “insider” data on climate summits, though it is telling that virtually all of the world leaders make claims that we would have expected.

Not quite the end of the Third World?

Nick Chan • Mar 31 2010 • Articles

One of the few things to catch the imagination out of last December’s UN climate conference in Copenhagen certainly was Tuvalu, standing up to make a desperate plea for its continuing existence. But despite Clive Hamilton’s claim that this marks the ‘tectonics plates’ shifting and a rift emerging within the Third World, it is more likely that Tuvalu’s actions will come to be little more than a wistful memory.

The End of the Third World

Clive Hamilton • Mar 29 2010 • Articles

For half a century, the Third World remained united in the face of a common threat, the influence of the United States and, to a lesser extent, the Soviet Union. But for least developed countries a greater enemy has now emerged, the threat to their survival posed by global warming, and they are no longer willing to subsume their demand that all the world’s polluters curb their activities beneath the imperative of maintaining the appearance of G77 unity.

The politics of climate change

Simon Latham • Dec 7 2009 • Articles

Efforts to combat climate change will proceed apace regardless of Copenhagen; indeed, the possible shortcomings of the summit should not detract from the task that national governments have already embarked upon and will continue to face over the decades to come. This is because globalisation means that problems are precisely that: global.

Interim Deal?

Rodger A Payne • Nov 13 2009 • Articles

The Copenhagen climate summit is now less than one month away and observers are not optimistic that states will agree to a deal cementing either specific greenhouse gas emission reductions or increased environmental assistance to the developing world so they can meet the standards without threatening growth vital to fighting poverty.


Rodger A Payne • Oct 15 2009 • Articles

Do you remember when I mentioned “Greenfinger” on this blog a couple of months ago? Greenfinger would be a rich master environmental criminal — perhaps pursuing climate geoengineering without international approval.

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