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China’s Rise and Superpower Warfare

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By K Goh The meteoric rise of China as an economic power in the last three decades has led International Relations theorists such as John Mearsheimer to predict the coming of intense conflict between the People’s Republic of China and the United States. This case is driven by three main arguments: domestic politics, economic interdependence and the problem presented by a security dilemma. First, in marginalising the influence of domestic…

An International Relations account of Brexit

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On the morning of June 25th, I woke up, as many of us, to the unexpected result that 51.9% of Britain had voted to leave the European Union. As a French citizen, whose father is British, mum is French and was born in Brussels (but lived in New York, Geneva and Brussels before coming to study in London – typical LSE story), I first and foremost feel strongly European. So as…

How International Relations Theories Explain Star Wars

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By Griff Ferris So you’ve seen the new Star Wars? Who hasn’t? (The marketing force was certainly with you, Disney – congratulations). The bit when Han died was sad, but then when the good guy (sorry, girl – finally, for a change) came along and saved the day, it was all ok, right? But what about the bigger picture, what about the complex political interplay of the universe, where, once…

The Need For The Pollyanna Principle: A Reflection On International Relations

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By Falguni Tewari I don’t follow literary events.  So, I don’t know if the centenary of the publication of “Pollyanna” was celebrated two years back in the world of letters. The novel ‘Pollyanna‘ written by Eleanor H. Porter, published in 1913 went on to become a classic because it fulfills the basic need of all the human beings, the need to feel glad.  I will transgress into the field of…

A Realist View Of LSE International Relations

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By Anonymous Students After an eventful second year full of abruptly cancelled lectures, essays returned just hours before exam and, on one memorable occasion, half a documentary masquerading as a lecture in a surreal back-to-school twist, the BSc IR students of the class of 2015 thought they’d seen it all. What follows is the brief but lamentable tale of just how wrong they were. Indeed, these problems seem minor when…