Our research is focused around three broad themes: conflict, peace and security; the evolving character of global and supra-national institutions; and the interpenetration of civil societies and international relations. In addition we have major strengths in area studies which help to ground our research into these broad thematic areas. Some of this activity is carried out under the umbrella of our various research centres, some within other collaborative contexts both within and outside the university, and some by individual researchers.

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Recent Submissions

  • Human rights and global constitutionalism 

    Reilly, Jonathan (University of St Andrews, 2015) - Thesis
    This thesis examines the contributions to the global constitutional process made by the human rights machinery of the United Nations. To do this, it considers the philosophical and theoretical positions related to ...
  • A theory of war as conflict without rules 

    Flaherty, Christopher (University of St Andrews, 2017-06-19) - Thesis
    Theoretical understandings of war have been dominated by the thought of Clausewitz for a number of decades. His thought is valid in many respects, but for various reasons it is open to misinterpretation and misunderstanding; ...
  • Terrorism in Indonesia : an examination of ten radical groups 

    Jerard, Jolene (University of St Andrews, 2015-06) - Thesis
    The study is based on the hypothesis that there are forces of influence that push a group from extremism to terrorism. While not all groups make the shift to terrorism, there are inherent forces within the radical group ...
  • The contestation of nonintervention : international order and emergence of the responsibility to protect (R2P) 

    Lind, Peter Spears (University of St Andrews, 2016-06) - Thesis
    This thesis examines how the norm of nonintervention has interacted with the norm of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) to construct a new normative architecture of international order. Nonintervention has long served as ...
  • The problematic alliance between reconstruction and objectivity in international theory 

    Lindenlaub, Hans (University of St Andrews, 2016-06) - Thesis
    This thesis aims to critique three leading advocates of a particular strand of post-positivism, which has become influential in contemporary international theory, and which is characterized by three defining features: the ...

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