Essays

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The Myth of Soft Power in Asia

Soft power, unless blended appropriately with hard power, cannot insert influence in international relations and serve as an effective diplomatic tool.

Is the Use of Terrorism Rational?

Is the Use of Terrorism Rational?

An evaluation of cost-benefit calculations made by terrorists reveals that the decision to use terrorism is procedurally, though not necessarily substantively, rational.

Mandate Disclosure in EU Trade Negotiations: The Case of TiSA

Mandate Disclosure in EU Trade Negotiations: The Case of TiSA

The publication of TiSA’s negotiating mandate represents an effort to increase transparency, used by negotiators as a stepping stone towards expanding the EU’s win-set.

Upgrading the United Nations Environmental Programme to Meet the Needs of the 21st Century

Upgrading the United Nations Environmental Programme to Meet the Needs of the 21st Century

Pressure should be increased to create a strong international organisation that harnesses political will and keeps on the path to mitigating the effects of climate change.

An Analysis of U.S. Policy Towards Cambodia Between 1969-1973

An Analysis of U.S. Policy Towards Cambodia Between 1969-1973

Nixon’s policy towards Cambodia was treacherous because of the political implications in Washington and the tragic consequences in Cambodia.

Can Flags ‘Speak Security’?

Can Flags ‘Speak Security’?

Fragile national identities can become embodied and even dependent upon flags, and flags will continue to be a major stumbling block to desecuritisation.

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Knowledge is Power: The Internet Panopticon as a Weapon against Terror

Governance of cyberspace is alike a Panopticon: as modern threats of terror arise on the web, current governments strive to incorporate invasive surveillance online.

Australia’s Refugee Challenge

Australia’s Refugee Challenge

As Australia is obligated to create a peaceful culture by creating policies which include asylum seekers and refugees, its human rights violations cannot continue.

A Comparative Historical Study of the Development of a European Army

A Comparative Historical Study of the Development of a European Army

The historical context, political landscape, and security environments have advanced/constrained the development of a EU defense policy and potential EU army.

The Resilience of Authoritarianism in Iran After the 2009 Election

The Resilience of Authoritarianism in Iran After the 2009 Election

Examining how structural, societal and internal social factors maintain the legitimacy and durability of authoritarianism in Iran – quelling even the 2009 protests.

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Saudi Arabia and the Regionalization of Yemen’s Conflict

Saudi Arabia’s military intervention in Yemen has led to the regionalization of Yemen’s war resulting in significant implications for the region as a whole.

Assessing the Relationship between Power and Morality in Nonviolent Action

Assessing the Relationship between Power and Morality in Nonviolent Action

Nonviolent action can simultaneously be pragmatic in its power to achieve the desired goal and principled by being rooted initially in morality.

Examining the Dynamics of Decolonisation in Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth

Examining the Dynamics of Decolonisation in Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth

Despite the centrality of violence to Fanon’s theses on decolonisation, he recognises the dangers, physical and psychological, of violence without a cause.

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