Tag Archives: international community

Yemen and Coalition-Based Interventions

A series of ongoing conflicts and U.S. complacence have begun to unravel the norms on the use of force. Continue reading

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Sovereignty in the Age of International Intervention

States need to better incorporate the cost of intervention on state sovereignty when weighing the merits of regime change. Continue reading

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Airstrikes in Syria: Legitimacy of Regional Coalitions

U.S. airstrikes in Syria may be a critical step in changing legitimate international behavior in the face of state sovereignty norms. Continue reading

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ISIS: No Good Options

Embracing the responsibility of global leadership, Barack Obama has pledged U.S. leadership in the fight against ISIS. The road elected to eradicate ISIS will not be easy, and the United States has few good options. Continue reading

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The Conflict No One Talks About: A Window of Opportunity for Azerbaijan

The outbreak of international crises and the Western standoff with Russia provides Azerbaijan with a unique opportunity to recapture Nagorno-Karabakh. Continue reading

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MH17: Shooting Downs Hope for Separatist Independence in Ukraine

Until this past week, Western sanctions against Russia and Ukrainian separatists were largely symbolic. No one wanted an escalation, and from the lukewarm nature of the western response, the United States and Western Europe did not believe that the Russian-backed … Continue reading

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ISIS In Iraq: A Kurdish Opportunity

While media attention has focused on the recent escalation in turmoil in Iraq, less attention has been given to the drastic geopolitical realignment reflected by this crisis. In particular, this fighting has opened a tremendous opportunity for the expansion of … Continue reading

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Russia and Crimea: International Law and Sovereignty

When Barack Obama characterized Russia’s behavior as a “violation of international law,” his words were not strictly true. Obama was referring to the official United States policy that Russia’s military intervention and protectionist presence within the Crimea region transgressed the … Continue reading

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The Value of International Politics

Why study politics? With any research project, understanding the question of interest begins with a definition. Generally speaking, politics can be understood as the collective wielding of a societies’ power, or the ability to shape the surrounding environment according to … Continue reading

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Elections and Democracy: Azerbaijan

Originally posted at Penn Political Review The Azerbaijani Central Election Commission sent out these vote totals to its official smartphone app before voting started. (meydan.tv) While many of the world’s countries may be democracies, democratic rule is not a prerequisite … Continue reading

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