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.

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.

Aiming from a Distance: The Implications of the Use of Drones for Security

Aiming from a Distance: The Implications of the Use of Drones for Security

Shaw’s risk-transfer theory and Der Derian’s conceptualization of virtuous war allow an in-depth understanding of the deployment of drones in the War on Terror.

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.