Questions related to International Relations Theory
China's rise to ‘great-power status’ in the 21st century, together with the growing
influence of the EU as a ‘normative power’2 has ushered in a period of significant geopolitical reorientations of the Central Asian states and of major external players. Specifically, over the past decade, the emergence of the Shanghai Co-operation Organization (SCO) appears to have relatively altered the existing ‘balance of power’ in the CA region. By inventing the SCO— an inter-governmental security cooperation organization China has markedly increased its presence throughout the region politically, culturally, economically and militarily.At the beginning of the 21st century, however, the EU’s foreign policy toward the CA states underwent radical changes. On the basis of empirical observation, it can be argued that the events of 9/11 accompanied by the rise in ‘global discourse on terrorism’ made EU policy makers more aware of the rising political profile and strategic importance of the CA countries and encouraged them to carve out a differentiated, meaningful and value-oriented strategy vis-à-vis the region. How do the EU's norms differ from the ones promulgated by the Chinese and Russians within the SCO club?
Given the enormous diversity and versality of areas that International Relations can encompass, ranging from International Law to Political Economy, what is the current state of traditional theory in the field?
In other words, are departments and scholars worldwide still inclined upon broad theoretical questions related to basic schools such as neorealism, neoclassical realism, and power transition theory? Or has the field moved on to more narrowed down models and the status for those who are still oriented towards big theoretical question is not favorable?
If there is any literature or article available with quantitative data regarding the latest growing trends of research typology in International Relations, it would be a welcomed read.
How this coopration may change the regional balance of power and if the Persians deciding to such variant of cooperation will be able to protect themselves from the political protectorate?
I am currently looking to come up with a research questions for my bachelor thesis. I study International Relations but I wanted to narrow down my profile towards economic because of my plans for my postgraduate education.
We agreed with my supervisor in this topic : "Forms of Capitalism and EU governance"
I am reading an enormous amount of papers and academic works for days now but I cannot come up with a research questions that successfully creates a bridge between forms of capitalism and EU.
Any ideas on the questions would be welcome. Any suggestion of papers I can read would be welcome.
I am not talking about deterrence, but simply about embracing non-violence "at all costs" (no matter what that might mean).
The right of self-determination of peoples is provided for in the Charter of the United Nations. Why can it be used for cases like East Timor (Indonesia), but can not be used for Catalonia (Spain)?
The concept of overseas presence is usually related to geopolitics. The political purpose of a national presence somewhere may seem self-evident (a deterrence, a way of expressing an interest, signalling commitment, ensuring inclusion in political processes, etc.). However, so far I have failed to find publications that discuss the concept of (also civilian) presence in greater depth -- beyond the meaning of effective control by a sovereign over a territory, self-determination, etc.
Can this be regarded as a general theory of foreign policy ?
It is obvious that since Russia aggression in Georgia (2008), Crimea Annexation (2014) that was followed by pro-Russian proxy war in East-Ukraine and Russia's involvement into Syrian civil war West to certain extend had failed to protect the values that is it was standing for. The question related to the future of West-Russian relations is still open and remains rather unclear. What would be the solution and what path West shall follow - return to "Business as Usual" with Russia or take more pre-emptive and active measures!
How Russia understand its relations with Iran?
Does Iran-Russia relations after the nuclear deal shaped in strategic level How U.S and Israel see the strategic partnership between Iran and Russia?
I need to examine Pakistan government's National Action Plan to counter terrorism and extremism. I am particularly interested in the part that deals with education. Can someone suggest resources for such a study?
I would appreciate recommendations of short videos (available online), for teaching about International Relations theories at an introductory level, particularly on Social Constructivism and post-positivist approaches (e.g. Post-Structuralism, Post-Colonialism, Feminism). Many thanks!
I teach a methods seminar, and one of my students wants to do a comparative study of post-Soviet Russia and Saudi Arabia, on the basis that Saudi Arabia is a "closed economy" (used to compare with post-Soviet privatization of Russia's oil industry). I know the Saudi oil sector is government controlled, but I don't think I'd call the country a "command economy" (in the sense of communist economics). Before I challenge my student, I want to be sure. Any experts on Saudi Arabia's economy want to weigh in?
States, formally equal, enter into closer political, military or economic relations with each other. Partners frequently fall into different categories within hierarchy in terms of power, which tends to mirror in the relationship proper and its dynamics.
If we are challenged to understand various small state position, what (kind of) constellation make an ally, junior partner, client or colony?
Any suggestions about variables and cut-off levels?
And, last but not least, research?
On the basis of the concept/interpretation of (an) International Society (English School of IR). Can we allege reasons for having a (effective or even formal) world police/executive branch (currently US lead) as a societal institution. And other states as a counterweight, acting as checks and balances (like Russia, China), as a kind of societal control institution or as a substitute for (the role of) the civil society.
In positive perspective: explaining the factual/current societal roles of states. And/or normatively: suggesting that—in the assumed framework of an International Society—there should be the particular role of a police as well as division of powers.
The Algerian struggle for independence from France is often referred to by analysts as a kind of model for what the Palestinians are trying to achieve. Like many commonplace assumptions, I find it is hard to actually document (although it may well be an accurate assumption). Is anyone familiar with sources that illustrate the link?
Can you please help me with suggestions regarding the influence of NeoRealism or NeoRealists on US foreign and security policy making, behavioural dynamics and deliverables. Any studies highlighting the existence of such matrix of influence during Democratic presidencies would be amazing. Thank you, in advance!
The WWII co-operation of exiled political representations assembled in London counts to my research subjects. Hardly a revelation: the picture is complicated, probably little more disappointing than one is likely to expect when entering the ground. In a manuscript which I hope to publish soon I conclude:
"The story sketched in this article documents how difficult it was for small European nations, despite a common enemy and a shared meeting-place, to find solid ground for mutual understanding. ...The activities of the exiles were first and foremost directed to the preservation of their threatened nationsʼ identity, state, cultural or other. Thus, much of the communication between them was condemned to fail or to get lost ʻin translationʼ of cultural codes."
Intercultural communication is no doubt the issue I address here. Unfortunately, most literature I came across studies communication between "Great Cultures". This is still useful but my issue - intercultural communication within one (European, Western) culture - seems to lay pretty below the prevalent level of analysis.
Any reading suggestions? 1900-1950 scope will be appreciated.
If anyone knows of domestic surveys asking the general public questions about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (any aspect) in countries other than US, Sweden, UK and Germany, I would appreciate if you would share the links or other identification. Language does not matter.
Most fragility indices measures state weakness based on domestic factors. But states in international system do not operate in isolation. Powerful global factors are at play that often affects state's performance. Global factors like terms of trade, colonialism, legacy of cold war, geopolitics are often cited or discussed. But is there any quantitative research that account for the global factors on state performance? Is there any possible data source for measuring such global factors on states?
Does anyone know about an article or text applying the intergovernmentalism and/or the liberal intergovernmentalism theory to try to explain South American integration? Intergovernmentalism theory applied to the South-American integration.
Throughout the world you can find couples of nations (e.g. Sweden - Finland, Sweden - Norway, Germany - Austria, Czech Republic - Slovakia, Poland - Lithuania, Spain - Portugal) who have spent considerable portions of their history within a common state or in otherwise close relations. Typically, the more populous and/or advanced nation dominates the relationship and its junior partner. Time passing, smaller nations tend to evolve, secede and/or establish their own nation-states. Many of them struggle with stepping out from the "shadow" of their "Big Brother" and, competition opportunities being various and numerous, rivalries occur.Sports is no doubt the most popular arena, however, rivalry patterns may be applied in politics. The Little/Big Brother complex is likely to complicate cooperation among nations in question.
What strategies are employed to overcome it?
Is there any research/theorizing done?
Official image-creations and empirical findings (on the actual effects and contradictions regarding these images) about the self-construction and discursive narratives of China and Russia. Especially regarding their international role/foreign policy.
Problem: More and more countries are getting involved in the globalized world, partly by strengthening such transnational communities as the European Union and the AEC (ASEAN Economic Comunity). The free movement of the workforce and of students is a fact in this regard. Besides the need for comparable transcripts there is also the need for the secure exchange of such data between national authorities.
What are current activities in setting up data international exchange standards (such as EDIFACT (Electronic Data Interchange For Administration, Commerce and Transport, United Nations) for educational institutions?
I'm researching on international relations at the lower mekong subregion. So, I need documents which concern relations of Vietnam, Laos, Campuchia, Thailand. Thanks so much!
I am conducting doctoral research using constitutive theory to better understand the role of trust in relation to the way international society deals with money or value transfer systems. I am hoping someone else is aware of the use of this theory in similar research for comparison.
Basically I am asking if we can consider this presence as a form penetration, in light of Regional Security Complex Theory, as I'm using this analytic framework in my study. Or are there other security theories that better capture this phenomenon?
I need some indications about papers, authors, newspapers or books that can explain and relate the relations between Ecuador and Haiti in this time. Thanks
Many think that dialogue is just a form of two-way communication. But is that so? What is your understanding about dialogue? People keep on discussing and mentioning dialogue but why is it important? Or it is just a white elephant term that we only mention but don't practice?
I'm looking for sources of data as well as potential collaborators for cross-country comparisons of protest movements, particularly their demands.
I am interested in the conflicts of the Middle East but in the context of the use of religion not as a target, but a tool of propaganda.
French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre was a severe critic of liberal democracy and electoral politics. Even though Sartre drafted a new constitution for a postwar France (according to his biographer Annie Cohen-Solal), his philosophy challenges the idea of constitutionalism and civil law, which is largely accepted as a fundamental necessity for the creation and maintenance of a modern democratic society. How has European / Anglo-American constitutional law responded to existentialism? Has the field of Western legal theory / studies engaged with Sartre on any level? Which law journals would be the best to search through? Are there any relevant databases that I could search?
We would like to know about the perception of the academy and researchers. About what has to be included in a modernization of International Relations curricula.