William Scheuerman challenges the dominant interpretation of realism

After I finished making my case for an alternative interpretation of the “realist” school of international theory during a panel at the recent International Studies Association meeting in Montreal, an audience member posed an important question: who cares?

Why bother challenging the dominant interpretation of realism as an institutionally complacent … Read More

Nabil Dajani on the Arab origins of print media

Several researchers of the Arab print media inaccurately claim that Islam prohibited printing and assume that printing began with Gutenberg. Thus they begin their study of Arab print media from the period of what I consider to be the dark age of the Arab world, the demise of the Ottoman … Read More

Pádraig Carmody on the new scramble for Africa

Foreign direct investment in Africa has risen six-fold since 2000 on an annualised basis, according to the publication African Business. African trade is also booming and these interlinked processes are indicative of the “new scramble for Africa” which is currently underway. While in the 1990s Africa was primarily conceived of … Read More

Stephen Driver on the rise of multi-party politics in the UK

Labour leader Ed Miliband called it ‘people power’. Hundreds of thousands of protesters taking to the streets of central London to protest against the coalition government’s programme of public sector cuts. Anti-capitalist and anarchist groups may have grabbed the headlines – much to the dismay of Miliband and the trade … Read More

Richard Beardsworth on why the 21st century needs cosmopolitan liberalism

This book opens up a needed space between cosmopolitan moral and political thought and the way in which international relations are theoretically framed.

Since the end of the Cold War, the cosmopolitan moral principle has informed, to a greater or lesser extent, the terms through which both states and peoples … Read More