Maritime piracy is on the decline… Can it stay that way?

Photo Credit: Dryad Global: Maritime Security and Risk Intelligence; London, England. Published in The Guardian.  While many associate modern day maritime piracy with the Academy Award nominated film Captain Phillips, this transnational threat is a persistent reality for many ships across the globe. There are typically two overarching goals of maritime piracy: robbery to then … Continue reading Maritime piracy is on the decline… Can it stay that way?

Reclaiming Agency: The Problem with Prescriptive Realism

Photo Credit: CSIS Despite being one of the most influential scholars of international relations theory, John Mearsheimer took considerable flak for his comments on the war in Ukraine.  Mearsheimer’s interview with the New Yorker last month resulted in an upswell of opposition, moral outrage, and debate for blaming the conflict on the U.S. and NATO.  … Continue reading Reclaiming Agency: The Problem with Prescriptive Realism

The Impact of Women’s Involvement in Foreign Policy and Peace Agreements

FARC fighters stand in line during the opening of a ceremony before ratifying a peace deal with the government. (John Vizcaino / Reuters) In 2011, Nicholas Kristof highlighted in a New York Times blog that, “When girls get educated, when women enter the formal labor force, when female talent can be realized, then all society … Continue reading The Impact of Women’s Involvement in Foreign Policy and Peace Agreements

The Strategic Costs of the Weakened US-ROK Exercises

A live firing drill during joint exercises between the US and ROK in April 2017 in Pocheon, South Korea. Photo Credit: AFP. In response to an increasingly hostile China, Washington has devised a strategy designed to leverage its existing alliance system in Asia, including its partnership with South Korea, to augment its power. The US-ROK … Continue reading The Strategic Costs of the Weakened US-ROK Exercises

The Moral Foundations of Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict

Photo by Juliette Humble/UK DFID By Mike Burnham and Shannon Peterson | How do individuals morally justify participation in ethnic violence? This paper presents original research that attempts to answer this question. Using text analysis software and Jonathan Haidt’s moral matrix, a total of 225 text samples from three different ideological groups—Liberals, Conservatives, and White … Continue reading The Moral Foundations of Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict