This essay argues that Mearsheimer’s structural realism or offensive realism offers little explanatory or predictive value in the complex world of international politics and should rather be viewed as an ideal type of international politics or as a model for policy prescription.
In his essay “Anarchy is what states make of it”, Alexander Wendt posits that anarchy does not causally lead to a self-help system (Wendt 1992). Who is his critique aimed at, and how successful is he?
This brilliant essay argues that the EU tends to act as a normative power, promoting its norms abroad, but becomes a more realist actor when its immediate security interests are threaten. This paper focuses on the external aspects of EU’s energy policy as a case study.
In his Discourses on Livy, Niccolò Machiavelli warned us of the dangers of suspending our rights in the face of public threat. His visionary insight enclosed the security-privacy dilemma we are sadly facing today. This essay explores the impact of this breach on our civil liberties.
Commodities cannot be alienated – experiencing alienation is the privilege of self-aware beings. This essay questions whether or not the commodification process is always alienating for the producer. This work focuses on the commodification of sex through prostitution and on the commodification of art through the global art market.
This brilliant essay develops the rule of power in contrast to the rule of law by assessing the impact of International criminal Tribunals.
Before 1914, the ‘north’ was the region of high growth, based on the prosperity of the export-oriented industries created by the industrial revolution. Unemployment was primarily a problem of the south, with its stagnant agricultural sector, and of London.
To what extent have the Arab uprisings of 2011 altered the status quo in the Middle East? This essay will argue, in relation to the cases of Egypt and Syria, that the Arab uprisings have significantly altered the autocratic status quo at the national level, affecting the regional balance of power and triggering the emergence of a new security order.
The father of classical realism, Hans Morgenthau, founds his theory of IR on the assumption that politics is governed by objective laws, rooted in the unchanging nature of human beings as pursuing their interests defined in terms of power. This essay argues that paradoxically, Hans Morgenthau’s focus on political efficacy and statecraft leads him to idealizing the state itself, forgetting that statesmen and governments must be subject to the same human limitations as the rest of us.