Jeffrey Robertson: Diplomatic Style and Foreign Policy – A case study of South Korea

Book Review

Martin Zubko

Jeffrey Robertson: Diplomatic Style and Foreign Policy – A case study of South Korea

DOI: https://doi.org/10.51870/CEJISS.R150202   We usually understand diplomatic practice as disciplined, hierarchic, pertaining to protocol, non-emotional and elitist. These prejudices refrain us from acknowledging the virtuosity of diplomacy as a discipline of diversities. Although diplomatic practice contains universal characteristics across national representations, each country has formed its diplomacy by including a portion of culture, traditions, mentality and a way of dealing with…

Lee Marsden: Religion and International Security

Book Review

Abhishek Choudhary

Lee Marsden: Religion and International Security

https://doi.org/10.51870/CEJISS.R150201   The discipline of International Relations (IR) has undergone a major renewal in recent decades. The ambit of security has expanded to include non-traditional threats. Scholars have sought to deepen and widen the concept by including newer arenas and actors that remain beyond the domain of mainstream IR. The move towards the sub-systemic level of explanation, however, does not penetrate deep enough to provide deeper ontological engagement. The idea of…

Issue 15:2

Tanya Narozhna

Revisiting the Causes of Russian Foreign Policy Changes: Incoherent Biographical Narrative, Recognition and Russia's Ontological Security-Seeking

https://doi.org/10.51870/CEJISS.A150203   This paper examines the relationship between international practices of recognition and state quest for ontological security, on the one hand, and Russia's most recent identity makeover as well as increasingly aggressive foreign policy, on the other. I argue that in order to understand Russia's growing belligerence in foreign and security policies we need to examine the connection between Western refusal to recognize Russia's great power self-image,…

Issue 15:2

Martin Schmiedl, Jan Prouza

Conditions of External Military Interventions in African Internal Conflicts: Complexity of Intensity, Social Dislocation and Raw Materials

https://doi.org/10.51870/CEJISS.A150202   External interventions are one of the most important aspects of intrastate conflicts since a majority of them are significantly internationalised, especially in Africa where the interventions most often occur. Factors that lead to the military intervention remain, however, puzzling. The authors therefore apply the method of fs/QCA to understand not only conditionsbehind intervention into African intrastate conflicts, but also to catch interactions…

Issue 15:2

Nikola Novak

Practical Geopolitics in Cinematic Narratives of Marvel’s The Avengers Film Franchise

https://doi.org/10.51870/CEJISS.A150201   This article implies that cinematic narratives project practical geopolitical discourses by using the example of Marvel Cinematic Universe’s success – The Avengers film franchise. The conceptualisation of imaginary threats in the films that follow the main storyline of the Avengers assembly, determined by the time and the geographic space, give those threats a symbolical manifestation that tends to overlap with the practical geopolitical notions of…

Bettina Renz: Russia’s Military Revival

Book Review

Ilya Levive

Bettina Renz: Russia’s Military Revival

https://doi.org/10.51870/CEJISS.R150102   In 2012, US President Barack Obama and his supporters mocked Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for describing Russia as America’s ‘number one geopolitical foe’. In 2017, Obama’s Vice President Joe Biden characterised Russia as the biggest threat to the international liberal order. While this dramatic reversal was partly a result of the 2016 presidential election, it is also directly connected to Russia’s military interventions in Ukraine…

Schuyler Foerster: NATO’s Return to Europe: Engaging Ukraine, Russia and Beyond

Book Review

Ana Maria Albulescu

Schuyler Foerster: NATO’s Return to Europe: Engaging Ukraine, Russia and Beyond

https://doi.org/10.51870/CEJISS.R150101   The Ukraine crisis constituted both a watershed moment for European security and a moment of reflection for the Alliance’s identity and its broader global ambitions, thus prompting various debates related to the role of NATO both within Europe and beyond. These debates inform the contributions to the volume NATO’s return to Europe: Engaging Ukraine, Russia and Beyond. This book brings together a series of different perspectives that touch upon the…

Issue 15:1

Michael Haman, Milan Školník

Trump and the Image of the United States in Latin America

https://doi.org/10.51870/CEJISS.A150103   In our research, we focus on the image of the United States in Latin America. We use mainly data from Latinobarómetro, and we analyse Obama’s last year and Trump’s first year in the presidency in 18 countries in Latin America. We use logistic regression to reach conclusions. We also analyse Trump’s tweets to see his Twitter rhetoric. We find that Trump’s election has strongly worsened the image of the United States in the public opinion of Latin…

Issue 15:1

Rebin Fard

Towards a New Concept of Constructivist Geopolitics: Bridging Classical and Critical Geopolitics

https://doi.org/10.51870/CEJISS.A150102   This essay deals with the question to what extent perspectives of classical and critical geopolitical thought are suitable for analysing geopolitical structures of world politics. The following article discusses the potential that opens up a constructivist perspective for the conceptualisation of space and spatiality in geopolitics. This article is about links between geopolitics and international relations for a theoretical rebuilding of geopolitics.…

Issue 15:1

Kil Joo Ban

Just War and Just Battle: The Examination of North Korea’s Attack against the ROKS Cheonan Based on the Just War Principles

https://doi.org/10.51870/CEJISS.A150101   In March 2010, a North Korean submarine fired a torpedo against the South Korean ship Cheonan, which resulted in the deaths of 46 sailors. Is its surprise attack justified? The academic examination has rarely been made over whether North Korea’s use of military force is justified in this battle. As the just war theory to date has dealt mostly with major wars, it also can guide us to judge whether this limited warfare is just or not. The just war…

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