E-IR Essay Award

Each month, an outstanding student essay published on E-International Relations is recognised with the E-IR Essay award. Each winner receives £100 in book tokens from Routledge. The Award draws 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.

Snake Oil: US Foreign Policy, Afghanistan, and the Cold War

Snake Oil: US Foreign Policy, Afghanistan, and the Cold War

Afghanistan has become a “snake country”: where loyalty can only be rented, solutions are always temporary, and the law of the stronger prevails.

The Need for a New Critical Framework for Global Health

The Need for a New Critical Framework for Global Health

Discusses understandings of health as an instrument to state security objectives and as something of intrinsic value that ought to be pursued as a human right.

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Drones and Radicalisation in Pakistan

Relations between US drone strikes in Pakistan, the Pakistani state & ‘radicalisation’ is complex, bound up with secrecy, information problems & economic interests.

Moralities and Modes of Inquiry in International Relations

Moralities and Modes of Inquiry in International Relations

The morality of states approach, which defends both universal and non-universal moral duties, implies people can hold cosmopolitan and communitarian notions concurrently.

The EU’s Responsibility to Protect Environmentally Displaced People

The EU’s Responsibility to Protect Environmentally Displaced People

The number of environmentally displaced people is expected to increase, and the EU has a moral responsibility to grant protection status to climate refugees.

Explaining South Korean Policy Toward the United States, 1987-2014

Explaining South Korean Policy Toward the United States, 1987-2014

Despite elements of disagreement in its policy outlook, Seoul has been eager to remain a valuable and contributing member in the US-led regional and global architecture.

Australian, British, and US Approaches to Countering Islamic Extremists

Australian, British, and US Approaches to Countering Islamic Extremists

By comparing and analysing the counter-radicalisation strategies of the three countries, disparate approaches are revealed that all contain some degree of effectiveness.

Why the War on Bashar Al-Assad Never Happened

Why the War on Bashar Al-Assad Never Happened

With the Syrian War raging on, with over 200,000 killed and millions displaced over the span of four years, why did the US not conduct air-strikes to overthrow Assad?

Conceptualizing Security: The Strategic Practice of Security

Conceptualizing Security: The Strategic Practice of Security

Security ought to be conceptualized as a strategic practice comprising both (1) the practices used to securitize an issue and (2) the practices used to address it.

Post-Race Rhetoric in Contemporary American Politics

Post-Race Rhetoric in Contemporary American Politics

By analysing the ongoing Ferguson protests and post-race rhetoric, America is a society still burdened by racial injustices which favour white citizens.

Has the EU become an Effective Crisis Manager?

Has the EU become an Effective Crisis Manager?

The Central Security and Defence Policy attempted to centralise the decision-making process on foreign policy for E.U. members, but a more unified Union is essential.

To What Extent Is Neopatrimonialism the Unchanging Way in Which ‘Africa Works’?

To What Extent Is Neopatrimonialism the Unchanging Way in Which ‘Africa Works’?

While neopatrimonialism has been a constant in politics in African states in recent years, its form and content is constantly changing and evolving.