Essays

One of the best ways of developing your essay writing ability is to see how other students respond to similar questions. Reading other students’ essays can provide interesting insights and broaden your understanding of what is possible when answering a question.

The Concept of ‘World Society’ in International Relations

The Concept of ‘World Society’ in International Relations

In a world where a realist perspective still seems dominant, the idea of world society – as found in the English school – is a revolutionary concept.

The Awkward European: Britain and the Common Security and Defence Policy

The Awkward European: Britain and the Common Security and Defence Policy

Britain should not orphan the very policy it created in Brittany almost 20 years ago. If it does, that would constitute the real missed opportunity for Britain and CSDP.

Human Rights and Democracy: An Incompatible or Complementary Relationship?

Human Rights and Democracy: An Incompatible or Complementary Relationship?

This essay traverses tensions between human rights and democracy stemming from their incompatible basic values, modes of application and types of politics they foster.

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War’s Silent Victim: The Environment

Modern conflicts have a high human cost but the environment is often the forgotten victim. Is international law equipped to protect the environment from war?

The Demise of the Sino-Vietnamese Relationship

The Demise of the Sino-Vietnamese Relationship

Walt’s theory of alliances is often used to explain the Sino-Soviet split but the break-down of the Sino-Vietnamese alliance shows more is at play than material interest.

Who is Winning the ‘War on Terror’?

Who is Winning the ‘War on Terror’?

Bush’s ‘war on terror’ was constructed as unwinnable and never-ending, Obama has not successfully proposed a counter-hegemonic discourse with the strength to oppose it.

From Prague to Riga: Has the EU’s Eastern Partnership Been a Failure?

From Prague to Riga: Has the EU’s Eastern Partnership Been a Failure?

With Russia’s intervention in politics of its neighboring states, the EU’s role in the region is now seen differently and so its previous policy requires reassessment.

President George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton launched the Presidential Leadership Scholars program, a partnership between the presidential centers of George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Lyndon B. Johnson.on September 8, 2014. Photo by Paul Morse

Comparing the Foreign Policy Doctrines of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush

Bush’s unilateralism, pre-emption and US primacy displayed a confrontational disposition while Clinton made more of an effort to engage with all corners of the world.

Images Out-Loud: A Visual Approach Challenging the Securitization of Migration

Images Out-Loud: A Visual Approach Challenging the Securitization of Migration

Securitisation literature ignores the links between refugees’ experiences, how their stories are conveyed visually and which images ‘speak’ most powerfully to audiences.

One Belt, One Road and the History of the Maritime Silk Route

One Belt, One Road and the History of the Maritime Silk Route

Through the One Belt One Road initiative, China attempts to reassert itself as a powerful middle kingdom that is central to global trade and international relations.

Please Mind The Gap: Winners and Losers of Neoliberalism in India

Please Mind The Gap: Winners and Losers of Neoliberalism in India

Neoliberalism in India is far from alleviating poverty, it has widened inequality and created a staggering number of losers, roughly the entire agrarian population.

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