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'Grounds for War: The Evolution of Territorial Conflict'

Author: Dominic D.P. Johnson, Monica Duffy Toft

Dominic Johnson has co-authored a paper for the Winter 2013/14 edition of International Security.

Posted: 28/03/2014

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'Forging a Discipline: A Critical Assessment of Oxford's Development of the Study of Politics and International Relations in Comparative Perspective'

Author: Edited by Christopher Hood, Gillian Peele & Desmond King

Forging a Discipline analyses the growth of the academic discipline of politics and international relations at Oxford University over the last hundred years. This century marked the maturity and professionalisation of social science disciplines such as political science, economics, and sociology in the world's leading universities. The Oxford story of teaching and research in politics provides one case study of this transformation, and the contributors aim to use its specifics better to understand this general process.

Posted: 24/03/2014

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‘Survival Migration: failed Governance and the Crisis of Displacement’

Author: Alexander Betts

International treaties, conventions, and organizations to protect refugees were established in the aftermath of World War II to protect people escaping targeted persecution by their own governments. However, the nature of cross-border displacement has transformed dramatically since then. Such threats as environmental change, food insecurity, and generalized violence force massive numbers of people to flee states that are unable or unwilling to ensure their basic rights, as do conditions in failed and fragile states that make possible human rights deprivations. Because these reasons do not meet the legal understanding of persecution, the victims of these circumstances are not usually recognized as "refugees," preventing current institutions from ensuring their protection.

Posted: 10/12/2013

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New Publications by CIS Research Associate Jochen Prantl

CIS Research Associate Jochen Prantl has recently had an edited book titled 'Effective Multilateralism: Through the Looking Glass of East Asia' (St Antony's Series, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and a journal article titled 'Global Economic Governance in East Asia: Through the Looking Glass of the European Sovereign Debt Crisis' published. The journal article was published in a special issue of the journal Studia Diplomatica (Vol. LXVI-1, 2013), which Jochen also guest edited.

Posted: 02/12/2013

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'Legally Married: Love and Law in the UK and the US'

The Church of England's claim that "marriage has been understood to be, always and exclusively, between a man and a woman" is contestable on a number of grounds.  Debates about marriage have a direct influence on people's everyday lives, and it is a fundamental matter of equality and human rights.  Yet the debates about same-sex marriage in the UK and the US are taking place in an informational vacuum too often filled by emotion and rhetoric.

Posted: 13/11/2013

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Representation journal special edition: 'Courts and Representative Democracy'

Author: Cristina E. Parau and Richard Bellamy (Guest Editors)

Representation – The Journal of Representative Democracy

Volume 49, Issue 3, 2013

Special Issue: Courts and Representative Democracy

Posted: 01/11/2013

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'Chinese Politics and International Relations: Innovation and Invention'

Author: Nicola Horsburgh, Astrid Nordin, Shaun Breslin

The question of how China will relate to a globalising world is one of the key issues in contemporary international relations and scholarship on China, yet the angle of innovation has not been properly addressed within the field. This book, co-edited by Nicola Horsburgh, explores innovation in China from an International Relations perspective in terms of four areas: foreign and security policy, international relations theory, soft power/image management, and resistance.

Posted: 30/10/2013

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'The War that Ended Peace: How Europe abandoned peace for the First World War'

Author: Margaret MacMillan

The First World War followed a period of sustained peace in Europe during which people talked with confidence of prosperity, progress and hope.  But in 1914, Europe walked into a catastrophic conflict which killed millions of its men, bled its economies dry, shook empires and societies to pieces, and fatally undermined Europe's dominance of the world.  Why did it happen?  Beginning in the early nineteenth century, and ending with the assassination of Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand, Margaret MacMillan uncovers the huge political and technological changes, national decisions and - just as important - the small moments of human muddle and weakness that led Europe from peace to disaster.

Posted: 29/10/2013

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'Media and Democratisation: What is known about the Role of Mass Media in Transitions to Democracy'

Author: Nael Jebril, Václav Stetka, Matthew Loveless

Mass media today are regarded as one of the key democratic institutions which are vital in improving the quality of the electoral system, political parties, parliament, judiciary, and other branches of the state, even civil society, and safeguarding their democratic performance.

However, the relationship between media and change for democracy is unclear in the academic literature most notably by the absence of a theory of mass media and democratisation.

The RISJ report Media and Democratisation: What is known about the Role of Mass Media in Transitions to Democracy offers a fundamental overview of thinking regarding democratisation through the media, and covers the major works, theories, and themes relevant to the study of mass media in transitional contexts.

Posted: 09/10/2013

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Policy-Making in EU Security and Defense: An Institutional Perspective

Author: Hylke Dijkstra

Hylke Dijkstra's new book, Policy-Making in EU Security and Defense: An Institutional Perspective, was published by Palgrave Macmillan on 29 August 2013.

Posted: 02/09/2013

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