Dissertations

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American Exceptionalism: Exemplifying Patriotism and Justifying Imperialism

American Exceptionalism: Exemplifying Patriotism and Justifying Imperialism

American exceptionalism exemplifies the patriotic essence of the American people, but it has also proven problematic for the conduct of sound American foreign policy.

Victim-Politics and Post-Conflict Foreign Policy in Rwanda and Sri Lanka

Victim-Politics and Post-Conflict Foreign Policy in Rwanda and Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka and Rwanda elicit a sense of victimhood upon which their respective foreign policies have been built.

Recontextualising the ‘War on Terror’: Discursive Practices from Bush to Obama

Recontextualising the ‘War on Terror’: Discursive Practices from Bush to Obama

The strategies employed by the Bush administration after 9/11 to manufacture public consent for action have since been recontextualised towards Iran by Barack Obama.

Comparing Third-Party Management of Peace Spoilers in Liberia and Sierra Leone

Comparing Third-Party Management of Peace Spoilers in Liberia and Sierra Leone

The way third parties manage spoilers during peace processes plays an important role in explaining why some peace agreements are successful and why others fail.

An Evaluation of National Party System Europeanization: A Case Study of Croatia

An Evaluation of National Party System Europeanization: A Case Study of Croatia

The variation in Croatia’s party systems is apparent through institutionalisation, the European socialisation of Croatian elites and voter attitudes towards the EU.

The Neoconservative Influence on US Foreign Policy and the 2003 Iraq War

The Neoconservative Influence on US Foreign Policy and the 2003 Iraq War

For the Neocons ideas are everything. Unfortunately, as proven by the insurgency which rose in Iraq, the rest of the world has very different ideas about global society.

To What Extent are Gangs Sources of Security or Insecurity in the Global South?

To What Extent are Gangs Sources of Security or Insecurity in the Global South?

In certain communities, gangs may appear to be providers of security, while in others, their violent measures to achieve their goals generate fear for millions.

Why Is a Small State Like Georgia Important for the USA, the EU and Russia?

Why Is a Small State Like Georgia Important for the USA, the EU and Russia?

Newcomer Georgia became an arena of confrontation between the USA, the EU and Russia due to its geostrategic location, political developments and strategic orientation.

The Dangers of Obama’s Cut-Price Foreign Policy

The Dangers of Obama’s Cut-Price Foreign Policy

Obama’s foreign policy has neglected the long-term strategic dangers of making political decisions based on seeking short-term public, political, and economic stability.

Contemporary Petitioning and Chinese Internet Censorship

Contemporary Petitioning and Chinese Internet Censorship

Current Chinese Internet censorship efforts resemble a petitioning (complaint) system Chinese leaders have employed in various forms since the Zhou dynasty.

Science Bound? Transcending the Fourth ‘Great Debate’ in International Relations

Science Bound? Transcending the Fourth ‘Great Debate’ in International Relations

The epistemological war of words between positivists and interpretivists has exhausted itself, and the task now is to find where new lines of contention are to be drawn.

In-State Tuition Laws and College Enrollment of Undocumented Hispanic Students

In-State Tuition Laws and College Enrollment of Undocumented Hispanic Students

Although the future of the US DREAM Act is unknown at this time, young undocumented immigrants can still benefit from states’ policies such as in-state tuition rates.