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.

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.

Liberalism: Another Tool of Western Hegemony

Liberalism: Another Tool of Western Hegemony

The West’s increasingly aggressive nature of exporting liberalism is actually working to delegitimize its own hegemony, creating cracks in the self-perpetuating liberal world order.

Regionalism in Central Asia

Regionalism in Central Asia

While a number of factors contribute to the failure to achieve economic regionalization in Central Asia, the overwhelming influence is the corrupt and patriarchal nature of state leadership.

The Genocide Convention: An Increasingly Meaningless Document?

The Genocide Convention: An Increasingly Meaningless Document?

David Chuter sparks debate about the political and legal value of the Genocide Convention, but fails to encapsulate the subtle nuances which describe where the Convention sits.

Militant Islamist Movements in Egypt, Afghanistan and Iran during the Cold War

Militant Islamist Movements in Egypt, Afghanistan and Iran during the Cold War

Both the Soviet Union and the United States played an important role in facilitating the rise of radical Islamism during their Cold War rivalry.

Fishery Disputes between China and the Two Koreas

Fishery Disputes between China and the Two Koreas

Illegal Chinese fishing in the Yellow Sea is a long-standing source of tension between China and both Koreas. Systemic trilateral cooperation is the most viable solution.

Why Has R2P Not Been Applied to Syria?

Why Has R2P Not Been Applied to Syria?

Syria warrants the application of R2P as there is an on-going government campaign of extermination against civilians; however, no country is willing to commit to a military intervention.

Do Human Rights Violations Justify Humanitarian Intervention?

Do Human Rights Violations Justify Humanitarian Intervention?

In spite of criticisms of military intervention, such measures can free populations from dictatorships and abusive governments.

Can the Use of Torture in the War on Terror be Justified?

Can the Use of Torture in the War on Terror be Justified?

The protection of human rights from terrorist threats and the counterterrorism efforts that follow need to be in accordance with human rights standards in order to maintain legitimacy.