I am fascinated with the concept of international ethics. This focus frames my research outputs in both International Relations and Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. I draw on subjective, narrative framings of the political to contest standard iterations of global ethics suggesting a micro political interpretation of individual lived experience. I turn to the idea of story-telling in order to excavate emotions, the everyday and practices within International Relations. This research agenda is informed by my own personal experiences of having been ordered deported from the United Kingdom. This experience prompted me to reflect upon privilege, individualism, and western dominance in the wider discourses of international ethics. This awareness, and desire for a better understanding of human vulnerability within state negotiations of power, informs my current manuscript – an autoethnographic publication that draws on feminist reflexive research to interrogate state manipulations of power to the detriment of individual wellbeing in the community.