The Performativity of Sovereignty: Challenging Essentialism within IR Theory

Nico Edwards • Dec 19 2020 • Articles

Paradoxically, Waltz, Jackson and their predecessors have perpetuated the structuration of the international order as one of hierarchy rather than anarchy.

Review – Vernacular Sovereignties: Indigenous Women Challenging World Politics

Margot Cohen • Aug 21 2020 • Features

The book maps the intersecting forms of oppression Indigenous women and subverts colonial histories through the narration of resistance.

Review – Break All the Borders: Separatism and the Reshaping of the Middle East

Gökhan Bacık • Aug 5 2020 • Features

An ambitious book that analyses how recent developments in Middle Eastern politics have affected the regional order from an international relations perspective.

State-Building, Sovereignty and Migration Management in the Global South

Fiona B. Adamson and Gerasimos Tsourapas • Jul 22 2020 • Articles

State migration policy has a long history of being used as a means of creating or preserving a particular (often racialized) form of national identity.

Opinion – The Rise of Mercenarism: Avoiding International Accountability

Oana-Cosmina Mihalache • May 1 2020 • Articles

Mercenaries provide a semi-permanent stronghold in Libya for acting as substitutes for those times when countries cannot rely on their national armies.

The Medieval Foundations of the Theory of Sovereignty

Andrew Latham and Chris Werbos • Apr 6 2020 • Articles

The differences between the late medieval ideal of sovereignty and its early modern counterpart amounted to more of a variation on a theme than a difference in kind.

Review – Social Closure and International Society

Petros Petrikkos • Sep 19 2019 • Features

Naylor’s framework analyses how state and non-state actors compete for status within international society by focusing on social division, stratification and closure.

Review – Routledge Handbook of Postcolonial Politics

Ananya Sharma • Jun 18 2019 • Features

This handbook challenges the disciplinary fortress of IR and opens up a world of investigatory possibilities by equating post-colonial politics with global politics.

Review – The Left Case Against the EU

Thomas Fazi • May 5 2019 • Features

An important contribution to the left debate over the European Union that mercilessly shatters many of the arguments presented by ‘remain and reform’ advocates.

Review – Debating Humanitarian Intervention: Should We Try to Save Strangers?

Garrett Wallace Brown and Samuel Jarvis • Nov 12 2018 • Features

The authors tackle the ethical issues surrounding humanitarian intervention and the principles of sovereignty and non-intervention – from two competing standpoints.

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