E-IR Essay Award

We’re pleased to announce the E-IR Essay Award, with a prize of £100 worth of books provided by Routledge. From February 2014, an outstanding student essay published on E-International Relations will be recognised with the award each calendar month. The Award will draw attention to high quality essays written by undergraduate and Masters students worldwide, and aims to encourage and reward those who share their best work to the benefit of their global peer group.

Demographics, Perceptions & the Weakening Securitisation of the US-Mexico Border

Demographics, Perceptions & the Weakening Securitisation of the US-Mexico Border

In recent years, American audiences have grown sceptical on the securitisation of the US-Mexico border, and indeed, the broader discourse on immigration and security.

A Critical Analysis of Walt’s Concept of Security

A Critical Analysis of Walt’s Concept of Security

Whilst Walt’s concept of security may be limited in scope, he nevertheless offers valuable and sobering guidance to security studies.

Walter Mondale and the Recalibration of the Vice Presidency

Walter Mondale and the Recalibration of the Vice Presidency

Mondale generated a new institutional model for the vice presidency, which expanded and strengthened the role, while leaving it accountable to the President.

The Arab Uprisings, Globalisation and Postmodernity

The Arab Uprisings, Globalisation and Postmodernity

The profane demands of Arab postmodernity did not reject the general idea of modernisation; they safeguarded a universal sense of amelioration and emancipation.

Is the Current Political Turmoil of the ‘Information Age’ Revolutionary?

Is the Current Political Turmoil of the ‘Information Age’ Revolutionary?

Although the networked structures of new social movements represent a shift from the hierarchical and centralised forms of previous models, they are not unprecedented.

Orientalism, Palestinian Nationalism, and Israeli Repression

Orientalism, Palestinian Nationalism, and Israeli Repression

The success of Palestinian nationalism in the context of the peace process is complicated by the variations in Orientalism which occur between different forms of Zionism.

The Weakening of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The Weakening of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is at best a compromise for indigenous peoples, at worst an attempt by states to maintain structures of injustice.

Veiled Colonialism: A Feminist Criticism of the Half the Sky Movement

Veiled Colonialism: A Feminist Criticism of the Half the Sky Movement

By exercising both the Western colonialist stance and discursive colonialism, “Half the Sky” acts as a roadblock for the very women it supports.

Pre-Emption and Israeli Decision-Making in 1967 and 1973

Pre-Emption and Israeli Decision-Making in 1967 and 1973

Israel felt vulnerable in 1967, but in 1973 Israeli leaders decided against pre-emption, due to overwhelming military self-confidence and new-found strategic depth.

Performative Violence: Conceptual and Strategic Implications

Performative Violence: Conceptual and Strategic Implications

The causes and effects of performative violence are linked, and include intimidation, social and material control, social cohesion and communication, and structural violence.

Can and Should Human Rights Be Universal?

Can and Should Human Rights Be Universal?

If the international community maintains a positive role and domestic pushes for human rights are legitimised by international law, they could yet become universal.

Postcolonialism, Power, and ‘the Poor’: What Will Eliminate Global Poverty?

Postcolonialism, Power, and ‘the Poor’: What Will Eliminate Global Poverty?

Broad development remains elusive because it fails to challenge the rules of the ‘game’ enforced by neoliberal interests which cannot accommodate more adequate definitions of poverty.