States

Homocolonialism: Sexual Governance, Gender, Race and the Nation-State

Andrew Delatolla • May 11 2021 • Articles

The consequence of homocolonialism can obstruct the radical queer politics that have challenged the oppressive forces of the gendered and heterosexed nation-state.

The India-China Conflict in the Himalaya Should Break Open IR Theory

Alexander Davis • Oct 15 2020 • Articles

India and China are locked in a great power clash over the Himalaya. And yet, IR’s failure to go beyond a state-centric view of the story may likely lead to a catastrophic ending.

NGOs and States in Global Politics: A Brief Review

Sarah Stroup • Aug 3 2020 • Articles

The NGO research community should resist attempts by the still-state-centric International Relations subfield to caricature the complex dynamics of NGO-state relations.

The UN as Both Foe and Friend to Indigenous Peoples and Self-Determination

Sheryl Lightfoot and David MacDonald • Mar 12 2020 • Articles

The UN, created to uphold the sovereignty of states, has become a vehicle for Indigenous peoples to organise in favour of their rights.

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.

Political (In)Security in the Middle East

Yannis Stivachtis • Apr 15 2019 • Articles

Weak states are problematic because their internal politics are often violent, and their domestic insecurity often spills over to disrupt the security of neighbouring states.

Performance and Politics Fifty Years After ‘Society of the Spectacle’

Cami Rowe • Feb 27 2017 • Articles

Resistant political performance must be reconsidered given populist post-truth politics. The relevance of shared truths and authenticity of others is now questioned.

Climate Change and the Re-imagination of State Sovereignty

Benjamin Habib • Nov 8 2015 • Articles

The state is an arbitrary reference point in a dynamic Earth system. The Earth can no longer be ignored as a given in at the ontological level of international relations.

Review – Future States

Rhys Crilley • Nov 20 2013 • Features

Stephen Paul Haigh’s claims for the resilience of the modern state in a global system rendered neo-medieval in form by globalization are bold – yet supported by a solid engagement with extant literature.

What Would Happen If We Did Negotiate With Terrorists?

Tanzil Chowdhury • Mar 7 2013 • Articles

Designating and even vilifying actors with the label of ‘terrorist’ is a highly subjective matter. So how do we address the issue of negotiating with ‘terrorists’ without drowning in a quagmire of subjectivity?

Review – Security, Risk and the Biometric State

Katja Lindskov Jacobsen • Sep 24 2012 • Features

Following the events of 9/11, biometrics has received considerable attention. Muller makes an important contribution to the debate and raises new questions to consider within the security discourse.

Review – Unanswered Threats

R. McKay Stangler • Mar 27 2012 • Features

Some states fail to recognize, respond to, and counteract rising states that pose a danger. What accounts for this underbalancing? This is the question Schweller attempts to answer.

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