Historical Sociology and International Relations: The Question of Genocide

A new piece just published in the journal e-International Relations Although most International Relations scholars recognise in principle the historical variability of their subject matter, IR theory is often written as though relatively timeless qualities of the modern international system are the most significant. The system is commonly described as ‘Westphalian’, as though the principles… Continue reading Historical Sociology and International Relations: The Question of Genocide

Review of Global Civil Society 2012: Ten Years of Critical Reflection

New review for the LSE Review of Books Global Civil Society 2012: Ten Years of Critical Reflection. Mary Kaldor, Henrietta L. Moore and Sabine Selchow (eds). Palgrave Macmillan. 2012. Global civil society is an idea of the period since the end of the Cold War: it has reformulated the old idea of civil society for… Continue reading Review of Global Civil Society 2012: Ten Years of Critical Reflection

Genocide and International Relations: new book

I have now finished the final corrections to Genocide and International Relations, and Cambridge University Press expect to have copies available in October. This book moves on from the conceptual focus of What is Genocide? (2007) to develop an interpretation of historical and contemporary patterns. With the subtitle Changing Patterns in the Upheavals of the Late Modern World,… Continue reading Genocide and International Relations: new book

The Arab Spring: Protest, Power, Prospect

My contribution to this new openDemocracy forum. What a difference six weeks make. In mid-February 2011, largely peaceful revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt seemed to be spreading throughout the Arab world, notably in Bahrain, Yemen and Libya. In early April, Bahrain has seen repeated violent repression, Yemen massacres of protesters, and the Libyan revolution has… Continue reading The Arab Spring: Protest, Power, Prospect

Libya: popular revolt, military intervention

Published on openDemocracy, 7 April 2011. This replaces an earlier draft published on this site. In mid-February 2011, the protests which began the Libyan revolution seemed to demonstrate the unstoppable progress of people power. It seemed that even Gaddafi’s kleptocratic and personalised regime - which unlike Tunisia or Egypt never allowed space for civil society… Continue reading Libya: popular revolt, military intervention

The global democratic revolution: a new stage

My take on the historic significance of the Arab revolutions on openDemocracy.net (written before the unfolding of the Libyan crisis). The epic events across the Arab world in the first months of 2011, diverse and many-sided as they are, can be understood as a single episode: the latest phase in the worldwide democratic revolution which… Continue reading The global democratic revolution: a new stage

Interview on the ‘global state’ with the Italian paper Avvenire, 21 August 2010

English text of the interview with Damiano Palano (the published Italian version is in the PDF attached at the foot of this text): 1. When many spoke of 'unipolar age' or of ‘Empire’, you argued instead that the “West” was a “Global State”. But today the “Global State” is experiencing a deep political crisis. Is… Continue reading Interview on the ‘global state’ with the Italian paper Avvenire, 21 August 2010

Review of Richard Falk and James Rosenau, 1996

Martin Shaw Richard Falk On Humane Governance: Towards a New Global Politics Cambridge: Polity, 1995, xvi + 288 pp James N Rosenau and Mary Durfee, Thinking Theory Thoroughly: Coherent Approaches to an Incoherent World Oxford: Westview, 1995, xiv + 218 pp from Millennium 1996 Each of these books is a cooperative effort, rather unusual in… Continue reading Review of Richard Falk and James Rosenau, 1996