Associate Professor, School of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University
Christopher Hobson an Associate Professor in the School of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations from the Australian National University. He is the author of The Rise of Democracy: Revolution, War and Transformations in International Politics since 1776 (Edinburgh University Press, 2015), and the co-editor of The Conceptual Politics of Democracy Promotion (Routledge 2011), which has just been re-issued in paperback.
Surveying the world in 2016, it is hard not to get the feeling that it is starting to come apart at the seams. The civil war drags on in Syria, with a range of external actors willing to engage enough to perpetuate the...