Category: Foreign Policy

The Ukraine Crisis – how to explain European indecisiveness

In the past months the European Union has once again displayed an inability to make decisive decisions or take action in response to a political crisis. Jan Philip Mairhoefer in this article examines how this indecisiveness can be explained and how it affects the European Union and its member states.

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The Myth of the Sectarian Problem and the Solution in Iraq

Dr Simon Leitch analyses the current Iraqi crisis. As Iraq today is rocked by attacks from ISIS a blame game has started to undermine Nuri al-Maliki’s government. Maliki, so the argument goes, needs to do more for Sunnis or the country needs to be divided up along sectarian lines. Such a dichotomy is not helpful, as Maliki’s new democracy cannot be easily divided nor can Maliki give the Sunnis minority an equal say in the running of a Shia-dominated state.

How Iraq Became the Graveyard of the American Way of War

As debate continues over whether the Obama administration has done enough to prevent the rise of ISIS, it is worth thinking about the broader consequences of America’s war in Iraq. Dr. Danny Cooper, Alochonaa’s American Foreign Policy Editor argues that ‘one such consequence is a deep uncertainty about how the United States should employ its power’. in Danny’s view, the 2003 Iraq War, in fact, contributed greatly to undermining a number of ideas about how the United States should fight its wars in the twenty-first century.

The Impact of Drones on Democracy

The drone industry is booming as more and more nation-states begin research and development on these new age weapon’s platforms. Alcohonaa.com Editor Liam Maddrell explains the wide ranging impacts drones are having on the nation state currently deploying them more than anyone else; the United States, and how drone development threatens Democratic Peace and democracy.

Change and Continuity in Indian Foreign Policy

Shafiqur Rahman states the exigencies of domestic politics are often the driving force for large democracies to change their foreign policy, with India being no exception. In recent decades, India’s foreign policy has dramatically changed since the new collation took power. Everything indicates that power will change in the ongoing Loksobha Election, but whether neighbouring Bangladesh will see any substantial change in policy from Delhi will depend on whether the new government finds change to be expedient.

The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers in the 21st Century

In this article Dr. Mark N Kartz, a Professor at the George Mason University, USA and one of the world’s leading experts on Russia (a great power) explains how great power rises and falls. He reminds readers that it is important to distinguish between subjective and objective great powers. This article is an essential read for IR and Politics students and great power enthusiasts.