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Political Islamists and the Inclusion-Moderation Thesis
3 years ago

Political Islamists and the Inclusion-Moderation Thesis

The ‘inclusion-moderation- thesisposits that political Islamists may become more moderate if they are included in pluralist political processes. How do you assess the empirical evidence for this …
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Does war have a future?
3 years ago

Does war have a future?

While the future of war will undoubtedly look decidedly different to war of the past centuries, it will continue to transpire around the globe. Escalating global interconnectedness and the progressive erosion …
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Does the current ‘pivot’ or ‘rebalancing’ of power by the United States towards the Pacific region represent an opportunity or a risk for Australia?
3 years ago

Does the current ‘pivot’ or ‘rebalancing’ of power by the United States towards the Pacific region represent an opportunity or a risk for Australia?

The United States and their pivot to the Asia Pacific region has produced both opportunities and trepidation for Australia. In 2011, then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that …
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Why Bother with Theory?
4 years ago

Why Bother with Theory?

Theory is important for a multitude of reasons, not least because it allows us to discern and anticipate state behaviour in the international system. Engaging theory allows us to understand …
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Is traditional security studies worthy (in terms of descriptive and prescriptive capacity) of current global events? 
4 years ago

Is traditional security studies worthy (in terms of descriptive and prescriptive capacity) of current global events? 

Traditional security studies is no longer worthy as either describing or providing solutions to current global events. With the truly global emergence of terrorist organisations since 2001, traditional security studies …
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Which International Relations theorie(s) best explain the rise of China in the international system?
4 years ago

Which International Relations theorie(s) best explain the rise of China in the international system?

The rise of China in the international system is best explained through the international relations paradigms of: Liberalism, Neoliberal Institutionalism and Constructivism. China’s evolution has been characterised by its economic …
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