Professor Malory Nye argues that the debate about calling the terrorist outfit Islamic state (IS) non-Islamic is not justified because in Islam what is Islamic or not is far from a settled issue. In his view, this debate should be resolved if one calls IS ‘Daesh’- an Arabic word referring to ‘downtrodden’ (daes) or ‘causing discord’ (dahes).
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.
Part two of Scott Musgrave’s East Asia series focuses on South Korea. Here, the Republic’s views on foreign policy, politics of nationalism and geopolitics are explored. It is found that patterns between the perception of threat, US engagement and domestic unrest and how they correlate to when nationalist sentiments are at their loudest. It is shown that domestic political ambition plays a very important role in the diplomatic relationship with Japan.
Dr. Leitch argues why the West must reconsider their non-proliferation strategy – at some point there must be an acceptance some states will acquire nuclear capabilities; coercive diplomacy will not always guarantee non-nuclear armament.
Alochonaa.com proudly presents the first discussion on the Iran Nuclear Issue & International Relations, contributed by Dr. Mark N Kartz, a Professor at the George Mason University, USA. Dr Kartz discusses the broader implications of Washington-Tehran nuclear discussions on the international community
Dr Simon Leitch critically analyses the Ukrainian-Russian crisis currently unfolding. The author explains Russia’s real motives as Russian troops cross the border, their longer term goals in the region and a outline for a course of action for the Wes
Mubashar Hasan deconstructs the ‘myth’ of religion and politics through a critical analysis of the book “Religion and Politics in International Relations: The Modern Myth” by Timothy Fitzgerald.