Emerging Powers and the Notion of International Responsibility: moral duty or shifting goalpost?
The rise of new powers and attendant shifts in the global balance of power have led to calls for UN Security Council reform. Established powers have often responded by linking increased influence in the international system with the assumption of more international responsibility by aspirant powers. Based on ethical and philosophical approaches from the individual and state levels, and a case study of Brazil, this article analyses the way in which the notion of responsibility is discursively constructed, demonstrating the […]
Reversing Polarities: Anarchical (Failed) States versus International Progress
The article explores how the literature on ‘failed states’ (re)produces the modern state as a regulatory ideal, obscuring its contingent character and its violent foundation. So, discursive practices, based on an Eurocentric account, construct the ‘failed state’ as deviant. The resultant hierarchy of states, in turn, creates favorable conditions for interventionist practices, whose agents are depicted as members of a ‘progressive’ and ‘benevolent’ ‘international community’. As state failure is interpreted as exclusively domestic process, a well-demarcated boundary between the domestic […]