Seeking Order in Anarchy: Multilateralism as State Strategy

The idea of multilateralism is not something that can be forced on states, nor does it come naturally to them. -Tom Keating

Seeking Order in Anarchy offers insights into both the theoretical foundations and the real-world outcomes of multilateralism in world affairs. Recognizing that Tom Keating's theories, though rooted in Canadian foreign policy, have a broader application in international relations, Robert W. Murray has assembled an array of interpretations of multilateralism and case studies examining its practical effects. Drawing from the insights of fourteen noted scholars and featuring an essay from Tom Keating himself, the volume examines the conditions that encourage states to adopt multilateral strategies, and the consequences of doing so in the context of increasingly complex global politics. Seeking Order in Anarchy is an important book for scholars, graduate students, policy makers, and anyone interested in how multilateralism functions in today's world.

International Relations and the Arctic: Understanding Policy and Governance
by Robert W. Murray and Anita Dey Nuttall

Increased global interest in the Arctic poses challenges to contemporary international relations and many questions surround exactly why and how Arctic countries are asserting their influence and claims over their northern reaches and why and how non-Arctic states are turning their attention to the region.

Arctic international relations are a complex of political, economic, development and militaristic more.


Into the Eleventh Hour: R2P, Syria and Humanitarianism in Crisis
Edited by Robert W Murray and Alasdair McKay

The humanitarian crisis in Syria poses major challenges to doctrines, legal frameworks, and institutional norms about the moral imperative to intervene on behalf of afflicted populations. At the heart of this challenge presented by Syria is the debate surrounding the Responsibility to Protect, or R2P, doctrine.

This collection brings together some of the most important voices on R2P and humanitarian intervention to examine the doctrine’s validity in the context of Syria’s civil more.

Libya, the Responsibility to Protect and the Future of Humanitarian Intervention
Edited by Aidan Hehir, Robert Murray

This book brings together internationally renowned academics from Europe and North America offering a uniquely comprehensive and timely analysis of the intervention in Libya in 2011. 

The military intervention in Libya in March 2011 generated heated debate internationally and reinvigorated interest in humanitarian intervention. The action was widely heralded as a surprisingly robust and effective response to a looming mass atrocity. This volume critically analyses the intervention and challenges the dominant positive narrative, especially the ostensibly causal role played by the 'Responsiblity to Protect' doctrine (R2P) more.

Society and the World: Exploring the English School of International Relations, 2nd Ed.

The book brings together the world's leading experts in English School theory to examine key themes and case studies of the theory, and proposes views on ways forward for scholars and practioners who hope to learn from the society of states approach to understanding international politics. The 2nd edition contains new contributions from those who contributed to the 1st edition, as well as new entries from Ian Hall (Griffith University, Australia), John Williams (Durham University, UK), Filippo Costa Buranelli (King's College London, UK), and Tim Dunne (University of Queensland, Australia)

System, Society & the World: Exploring the English School of International Relations
Edited by Robert W. Murray

Since its reorganization in the early 1990s, the English School of international relations has emerged as a popular theoretical lens through which to examine global events.

To demonstrate the advantages and value of the English School, this volume brings together some of the most important voices in the School to highlight the multifaceted nature of the School’s applications in IR.

This Collection was assembled with the specific goal of introducing readers to the School’s key elements, but in a way that would be accessible in terms of both comprehension and also more.

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Protecting Human Rights in the 21st Century

This book contributes to current debates on the protection of human rights in the 21st century.

With the global economic collapse, the rise of the BRICS, the post-intervention chaos in Libya, the migration crisis in Europe, and the regional conflagration sparked by the conflict in Syria, the need to protect human rights has arguably never been greater. In light of the precipitous decline in global respect for human rights and the eruption or escalation of intra-state crises across the world, this book asks 'what is the future of human rights protection?'.