geopolitics

Trapped into Fantasies: On the recent escalation of Greco-Turkish relations

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Following what seems to be a general trend in international relations, tensions have been escalating in the last months between Greece and Turkey, two states whose rivalry, with many ups and downs, goes back to the time that they have both been politically formed as modern nations. The word “war” has not been officially voiced by any of the two involved parties in the form of a willful political choice, they rather present themselves as peace-loving nations (even when they invade another country (!), like Turkey.

International Council Correspondence Volume 6, Number 3

New Essays. A Quarterly Devoted to the Study of Modern Society (International Council Correspondence), Vol. 6, 1943, no 3, Spring

The empire of civil society: A critique of the realist theory of international relations - Justin Rosenberg

The empire of civil society - Justin Rosenberg

A provocative and original reconceptualization of international relations.

The myth of 1648: class, geopolitics, and the making of modern international relations - Benno Teschke

The myth of 1648 - Benno Teschke

This work presents a myth-busting account of how class conflict and economic development, and not only interstate rivalry, led to the emergence of the modern state system.

Rebel cities: from the right to the city to the urban revolution - David Harvey

Whilst governments look to make cities battlegrounds, David Harvey argues it's those within them that can dictate the actions, and use them as a platform for class struggle.

Cities under siege: the new urban militarism - Stephen Graham

Psychogeographical look at the ever increasing encroachment of militarism and high tech surveillance into urban areas.

Some quick thoughts on Scottish independence

For most people outside Scotland, myself included, the debate over Scottish independence has been largely peripheral. I've come across it occasionally, but bigger things have always taken my attention and I've only found myself discussing it in depth when with comrades from Scotland. This is perhaps a mistake, since the vote in 2014 will have ramifications for both Scotland and the rest of the UK, and there is a marked lack of libertarian communist analysis on the issue.

The making of an Atlantic ruling class - Kees van der Pijl

The making of an Atlantic ruling class - Kees van der Pijl

Kees van der Pijl traces the formation of a transatlantic ruling class from the early 20th century through to the Cold War era.

Lebanon, Iran and the ‘Long War’ in the ‘Wider Middle East’

Hardliner: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Aufheben analyse the long-term geopolitical aims of the US in the Middle East, following the election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as President of Iran in July 2005.

Oil wars and world orders - old and new

Aufheben analyse the 2003 invasion of Iraq in the context of US foreign policy and geopolitics since the 1980s.