Category Archives: International Relations/Global Futures

GLOBALIZATION, INFORMATION, AND THE EVOLUTION OF POLITICAL RISK

Author: Peter Marber, March 2021

The changing quality and growing quantity of political risk is directly related to three distinct yet interconnected forces occurring in the last 50 years: the rise of globalization, the explosion of information, and the growing importance of, to use George Soros’s term, “reflexivity.”

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Constructing Space: A Study of Power Arrangements in Space Developments

Author: DeLaine Mayer, April 2020.

“Space exploration and associated research initiatives do have important positive effects societally and culturally, including the development of multi-modal technologies, job creation, and nationalized or globalized realizations of human progress. However, economies of space exploration and resource utilization will replicate traditional power structures seen in historic environmental geopolitical arrangements unless those implicit in constructing New Space develop new arrangements.”

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Theories of European Integration

Author: Paul C. Saunders, February 2020.

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“…although the failure of the Euro challenges the EU’s future, there is no reason to believe that the EU, even without the United Kingdom, will disappear anytime soon. In this article, I will briefly review the history of European integration and argue that existing theories of integration, while helpful, do not fully explain the phenomenon and that new intergovernmentalism remains a work in progress.”

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Author: Paul C. Saunders, February 2020.

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“…although the failure of the Euro challenges the EU’s future, there is no reason to believe that the EU, even without the United Kingdom, will disappear anytime soon. In this article, I will briefly review the history of European integration and argue that existing theories of integration, while helpful, do not fully explain the phenomenon and that new intergovernmentalism remains a work in progress.”

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Attacks on Education: Approaches to improving safe access to education and the psychosocial well-being of children in Syria

Author: Julie Meier, October 2019.

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“While schools are meant to be safe learning spaces, the right to education is often compromised during times of conflict (“What Schools Can Do” 3). In Syria, attacks on education not only prevent children from receiving the education to which they are entitled, but such attacks also severely affect their psychosocial well-being.”

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Is Populism a Threat to Security?

Author: Kaitlyn Read, 2019.

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“…it is clear that currently, populism is on the rise while the liberal world order is in retreat (“Liberal World Order” 2). In places like Hungary, France, Poland, the Czech Republic, and the US, populist movements are garnering significant support, leading to the election of populist leaders whose platforms espouse the dismantlement of liberal institutions and the disenfranchisement of minorities.”
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One Percent 2.0

Author: Brendan Chrzanowski, 2019.

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“Save for the occasional discussion regarding the abuses of the GWOT, such as torture, invasion of privacy, and extraordinary rendition, there is little substantive dialogue concerning the Doctrine (Herman). Nevertheless, it appears as though the “1%” policy, or something similar, retains relevance when considering the present national security environment…”
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Feminist Foreign Policy – An Unhappy Marriage?

Author: Elizabeth James, 2019.

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“Using Sweden and Canada as case studies, this article will explore the character of feminist foreign policy to date, the broader implications of shaping a transformative approach to policymaking, and the inherent contradictions of heteronormative masculine states enacting gender radical governance.”
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Blurred Lines: The Elision of Military and Civilian Roles

Author: Thomas Whang, 2018.

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“In her highly absorbing political treatise-cum-memoir, How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything, Rosa Brooks describes the ways civilian control of the military has perhaps eroded to a precarious degree as the demarcations separating the military and civilian spheres become increasingly indistinct…”

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Saudi Arabia’s Game of Thrones: How Prince Mohammed bin Salman is using liberal rhetoric to hide authoritarian motives

Author: Isabelle Schumacher, 2018.

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“In November 2017, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, established an anti-corruption committee and arrested over 200 members of Saudi Arabia’s business and political elite, including members of the royal family…”
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