Decolonizing the discipline of international relations is imperative both for academics and policy practitioners. Decolonization shows how certain historically privileged ways of understanding international politics produce a disconnect between how scholars and policy-makers make sense of the world and how people globally practice their lives. …


Dewi Fortuna Anwar, Xue Gong, Anna Powles, Rajesh Rajagopalan and Tomohiko Satake

As public debate continues in western capitals about the impact of the AUKUS defense pact on relations between Europe and the United States and their attempts to balance China, an area that remains consistently neglected is the treaty’s impact on regional security and politics in the Indo-Pacific. …


The September special issue of International Affairs explores the impacts of deglobalization in international politics. While deglobalization generally refers to a decline in global interconnectedness and interdependence, the implications of such wide ranging changes can be complex to say the least. …


Higher education is supposed to be the great social equalizer. Within the academy, meritocracy is seen as the ultimate vehicle for social mobility and ought to level the playing field for healthy competition. …


Every issue of International Affairs features a comprehensive book review section which assesses the latest writing in international studies. In this, the latest in our Top 5 Books series, Book Reviews Editor Krisztina Csortea presents her picks from the September 2021 issue. …


In 2017, in the course of PhD field research I travelled to Afghanistan — a country I had worked in back in 2010–11 as part of a NATO Combined Security Transition Command (CSTSC-A) military capacity-building programme. At the time of my research travel there were 8,448 American military personnel on…


Increasingly, stated government support for LGBTQ+ rights is a benchmark for belonging to the community of Western neoliberal countries. The legalization of same-sex marriage in several countries, alongside an increasingly substantial queer presence in Western media, has convinced many non-LGBTQ+ people that most LGBTQ+ discrimination is a thing of the…


Debates about the role of artificial intelligence in drone warfare have taken on a new urgency of late. Since the first battlefield killing by an autonomous drone in Libya during May 2020, questions about the violent impacts of AI on soldiers and civilians alike are no longer hypothetical. …


China’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Zhang Jun talks to the press in a large room while wearing a blue face mask.

There is much interest of late in China’s growing role at the United Nations (UN). Commentators write of ‘angst about the growing Chinese [multilateral] role’ when discussing PRC UN officials and outline the need for the US to prevent Chinese control of multilateral agencies. The Trump administration charged PRC international…


When it comes to weapons, the Olympian phrase ‘citius — altius — fortius’ (faster, higher, stronger) is ironically apt to describe the unsportsmanlike world of military competition. After developing ‘higher’ missiles that can reach the orbit and ‘stronger’ bombs that can obliterate cities, the new round of competition now focuses…

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