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September 13, 2022

Putin’s Ukraine narrative draws on the historic role of kin-states

Aida Halilovic Aida Halilovic argues that Putin’s (flawed) narrative of his invasion of Ukraine is best understood through a historical lens. She highlights the substantial minorities who now live in non-kin states in Europe, and their place in the security landscape of Europe To understand Russia’s rhetoric, it is important to grasp the role that minorities have […] Read more
September 12, 2022

Democratisers vs autocratisers: Great Power competition and the path to democracy

Zarina Burkadze Promoting democracy without challenging external autocratisers and checking local democratic elites may be counterproductive, argues Zarina Burkadze. Great power competition has always had an impact on the domestic politics of small nations, and this is apparent in the conflicts and international politics of today Read more
August 5, 2022

Does the International Monetary Fund undermine human security?

Bernhard Reinsberg The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is not only a ‘lender of last resort’ but also a security actor. New data and analysis from Bernhard Reinsberg and Daniel Shaw at the University of Glasgow shows that IMF interventions often have a negative effect on human security Read more
October 22, 2021

International regional orders are changing our state-centred world

Mădălin-Cătălin Blidaru The regional dimension of international relations is more significant today than ever before, argues Mădălin-Cătălin Blidaru. In the current crisis, regional cooperation and institutionalised regional organisations are delivering important solutions. The network of external relations being developed by regional organisations takes us beyond a state-centred world Read more
July 27, 2021

Why international organisations (apparently) hate politics

Marieke Louis 'We don’t do politics!' is a common refrain from international bureaucrats, governmental delegates and civil society representatives engaged in multilateral negotiations. Marieke Louis and Lucile Maertens take these apolitical claims seriously. In doing so, they unveil the politics of depoliticisation in international organisations Read more
December 18, 2020

Emerging powers want more staff in international organisations. They have a long way to go, unless there is an alternative…

Michal Parízek Secretariats of international organisations have long favoured staff from developed, Western countries. Rising powers are trying to change this, though with mixed success, they are now looking at other ways to achieve their goals, write Michal Parízek and Matthew Stephen Read more

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