War and Political Theory


By Brian Orend

I’m happy to blog here about my latest book, War and Political Theory. I was excited to be asked by Polity to be one of the very first titles in their new series: “…and Political Theory.” The possibilities are quite endless, and I get … Read More

International Conflict Management

Across history, violent conflict has been the source of enormous human misery. War not only maims and kills the individuals doing the fighting but brings death and suffering to civilians as well. Beyond the battlefield casualties they produce, both civil wars and wars between states disrupt economies, displace populations, and … Read More

Why Diplomats Need to Engage with Cyberspace

By Shaun Riordan

Clemenceau once said that war is too serious to be left to generals. By the same token, cyberspace is too serious to be left to technicians. Yet that is what we do. The point is made by the current furore about Huawei and 5G. The international standards … Read More

Is Whistleblowing a Duty?

By Emanuela Ceva and Michele Bocchiola

Whistleblowing has become a largely discussed topic mainly as a consequence of such headline cases as those of Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning. However, the grounds for its justification within political theory and public ethics remain underexplored. Although it is intuitively clear what a … Read More

The Future of Intelligence

Intelligence – meaning collecting needed information, usually by secret methods and then analyzing thiscollection to determine its meaning – is both very well-known and very little understood. In the United States, at least, hardly a day goes by without some mention or discussion of intelligence in the media. So, at … Read More

Intelligence – meaning collecting needed information, usually by secret methods and then analyzing thiscollection to determine its meaning – is both very well-known and very little understood. In the United States, at least, hardly a day goes by without some mention or discussion of intelligence in the media. So, at … Read More

The Ascendancy of China and India

China and India are becoming increasingly influential, powerful and prominent countries – but what kind of countries do their leaders and people wish them to become?  Will they act and behave like major Western entities or like something altogether different, hence changing the very nature of international affairs?  And as … Read More

What Kind of Power Does India Wish to Become?

With her economic, multilateral and perceptual horizons expanding courtesy of burgeoning international trade relations, India appears set to in?uence the nature of global affairs.  Just as other powers have risen, it is the principles of the top-tier powers that have, more often than not, gone on to shape the values
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Where are the radicals?

 Growing numbers of activist and advocacy organizations are embracing the world’s biggest corporations as allies.

Oxfam has partnered with Marks & Spencer, Nokia, and KPMG; the Human Rights Campaign has partnerships with Apple, Microsoft, and American Airlines; the WWF has a worldwide partnership with Coca-Cola worth over US$20 million … Read More

Gridlock: The contemporary breakdown of global governance

Summary: Global governance is failing even as we need it most. Ironically, many of the causes of contemporary gridlock stem in part from the previous successes of the multilateral order.

The world has not been able to negotiate a new global trade deal for 19 years. After 21 years of … Read More