Research Spotlight: Air Superiority and Battlefield Victory

Is there a democratic war-fighting advantage? A significant body of research finds that democracies are more likely to win wars than non-democracies. A recent study challenges this argument. In their new publication, Dr. Souva and Ph.D. candidate, Richard Saunders, argue that the outcome of major battles and interstate wars is primarily a function of which…

Understanding the Changing World: International Relations

The world is a complicated place. Even if we limit our attention to the world’s countries—and in so doing, ignore other vital actors like non-governmental organizations, firms, political parties, and many others—we have nearly 200 entities to study. As it happens, those entities care about a lot of things: resources, policies, regimes, and so on….

When Are States Kicked Out of International Organizations?

Since World War II, international organizations – entities like the African Union, Arab League, Council of Europe and the Commonwealth – have suspended member states ninety-five times. While some intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) suspend states after financial, economic, or military violations, the vast majority of IGO suspensions happen in response to political backsliding – such as human rights violations, coups democratic recession, or flawed elections.