Articles by Ruairidh Brown

01 2022

The pandemic reveals a lot about sovereign power and how it is contested

Ruairidh Brown
Sovereignty is typically perceived to lie with those who can provide protection. Ruairidh Brown considers how the pandemic has tested and challenged the supra-national, national and sub-national levels in terms of the exercise of sovereign power. What might be the implications of these developments in the future?
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06 2021

What is at stake in the Scottish National Party’s request for a second referendum

Ruairidh Brown
The Kenmure Street protest in Glasgow raises crucial issues concerning political obligation in Scotland, writes Ruairidh Brown. This should serve as a warning to Westminster about the potential dangers of denying a second independence referendum
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04 2021

Did the BBC get its coverage of the Duke of Edinburgh's death right?

Ruairidh Brown
As coverage of Prince Phillip's death becomes the most complained about event in British television history, Ruairidh Brown argues that, despite its role as the UK’s national public broadcaster, the BBC must avoid normative attempts to dictate public sentiment
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04 2021

Disputes over the BBC’s relationship with the Union Flag risk upsetting a delicate equilibrium between ‘truth’ and ‘power’

Ruairidh Brown
Too close an association between the BBC and the Union flag will damage the former’s claims to objectivity, writes Ruairidh Brown. It comes at a time when the impartiality of the service is increasingly challenged – at home and abroad
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02 2021

Trump’s acquittal reminds us that we are still very much living in the post-truth age

Ruairidh Brown
In Trump’s second impeachment trial, ‘truth’ never really mattered, writes Ruairidh Brown. Regardless of the facts or evidence presented, the endurance of a post-truth climate guaranteed he would be acquitted regardless
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02 2021

Is a new cold war between the USA and China now more likely with Joe Biden in the White House?

Ruairidh Brown
An absence of ideological universalism means that China-US relations have so far managed to escape a Cold War situation, writes Ruairidh Brown. With Biden’s promise of a value-centred American Foreign Policy, this could be about to change
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12 2020

Is friendship the most important solution to the Covid-19 pandemic?

Ruairidh Brown
The pandemic has revealed the importance of civic solidarity and public trust, writes Ruairidh Brown. But they function best in a context of ‘friendship', a concept which needs to be recognised as central to political thinking in a post-Covid world
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Ruairidh Brown
Head of Politics and International Relations, Forward College, Lisbon

Ruairidh currently teaches International Political Theory and International Relations at Forward’s Lisbon Campus.

Before teaching at Forward, Ruairidh taught International Studies in mainland China, where he received the University of Nottingham’s Lord Dearing Award for outstanding contributions to teaching and learning in 2019.

He received his PhD from the University of St Andrews in 2017.

Ruairidh has researched and published on such topics as hermeneutics, political obligation, and the philosophy of friendship.

Political Encounters: A Hermeneutic Inquiry Into the Situation of Political Obligation
Springer, 2019

COVID-19 and International Political Theory: Assessing the Potential for Normative Shift
Springer, forthcoming, 2022

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