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Defining and Operationalizing Context Through a Structural Political Geography for International Relations  

Colin Flint and Raymond J. Dezzani

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May 2017
A structural understanding of the contextualized behavior of states is introduced and operationalized. Context is a central theme of the discipline of geography and identifies context ... More

Democratic Domestic Institutions and Foreign Policy  

Eric Hamilton

This is an advance summary of a forthcoming article in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. Please check back later for the full article. ... More

Democratization and Conflict  

Ömer Faruk Örsün, Reşat Bayer, and Michael Bernhard

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Jul 2017
Is democratization good for peace? The question of whether democratization results in violence has led to a spirited and productive debate in empirical conflict studies over the past two ... More

Determinants of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)  

Yi Feng

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Jun 2017
Foreign direct investment (FDI) is a major component of globalization. Because of the important role it plays in economic growth and development, many scholars have directed their interest ... More

Diffusion in International Politics  

Alex Braithwaite and Sangmi Jeong

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Jun 2017
Diffusion with respect to international politics is commonly defined as the tendency for events or behaviors occurring in one spatial unit to influence the likelihood of similar events or ... More

Diplomacy in Foreign Policy  

Kenneth Weisbrode

Diplomacy’s role in foreign policy is hampered by multiple understandings of what diplomacy is and does. A broad definition of diplomacy holds that it encompasses more than the promotion ... More

Discourse in Foreign Policy  

Charles G. Ripley

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Jun 2017
Critical discourse analysis continues to remain a valuable method for understanding foreign policy. Situated in the broader interpretive methodological approach to the social sciences, it ... More

The Diverging Theory and Practice of International Law  

Leslie Johns

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May 2017
Existing theories of international law are largely state-centric. While international cooperation can benefit all, states are often tempted to violate their promises in order to manage ... More

Domestic Role Contestation and Foreign Policy  

Juliet Kaarbo and Cristian Cantir

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Jun 2017
Scholarship on domestic role contestation arose out of critiques of two frequent assumptions about the impact of national role conceptions (NRCs) on a state’s foreign policy: the ... More

Do We Have Too Much Theory in International Relations or Do We Need Less? Waltz Was Wrong, Tetlock Was Right  

Michael D. Ward

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Jul 2017
The field of international relations has developed the notion that world politics is made up of dyads, a thing that no one has actually ever seen. This notion is referred to as a theory by ... More

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