Foreign Policy (students)

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Almost the Same, But Not Quite (Soft): the Duality of Russian Soft Power

Almost the Same, But Not Quite (Soft): the Duality of Russian Soft Power

Russia’s attempt to use soft power in foreign policy is both counter-hegemonic and oriented toward promoting a regional, Russo-centric hegemonic order.

Neo-Nationalism in the Foreign Policy of the Putin/Medvedev Regime

Neo-Nationalism in the Foreign Policy of the Putin/Medvedev Regime

Neo-nationalist rhetoric & symbolism, especially of Russia as a great power (Velikaya Derzhava), is central to the foreign policy strategy of the Putin/Medvedev regime.

Theory-Practice Interplay of Conflict Resolution: The 2008 Russo-Georgian War

Theory-Practice Interplay of Conflict Resolution: The 2008 Russo-Georgian War

The Medvedev-Sarkozy plan failed to establish a lasting peace due to its deterministic nature. A constructivist approach might help change the attitudes of rival parties.

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Why Have Iran and North Korea Had Different Nuclear Postures to Sanctions?

The alternative cultures and regime types of Iran and North Korea are the main reasons behind the disparate responses to economic sanctions in the 2010s.

Why Have Resolutions of the UN General Assembly If They Are Not Legally Binding?

Why Have Resolutions of the UN General Assembly If They Are Not Legally Binding?

Even though UNGA resolutions enjoy a limited legal status, they have a powerful symbolic and political impact, and they help influence contemporary international law.

The US Invasion of Iraq: Marxist and Defensive Realist Perspectives

The US Invasion of Iraq: Marxist and Defensive Realist Perspectives

While Marxism attacks the United States for its greedy intentions in invading Iraq, defensive realism explains why it invaded due to its role as the global superpower.

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The Myth of Soft Power in Asia

Soft power, unless blended appropriately with hard power, cannot insert influence in international relations and serve as an effective diplomatic tool.

Mandate Disclosure in EU Trade Negotiations: The Case of TiSA

Mandate Disclosure in EU Trade Negotiations: The Case of TiSA

The publication of TiSA’s negotiating mandate represents an effort to increase transparency, used by negotiators as a stepping stone towards expanding the EU’s win-set.

A Comparative Historical Study of the Development of a European Army

A Comparative Historical Study of the Development of a European Army

The historical context, political landscape, and security environments have advanced/constrained the development of a EU defense policy and potential EU army.

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Saudi Arabia and the Regionalization of Yemen’s Conflict

Saudi Arabia’s military intervention in Yemen has led to the regionalization of Yemen’s war resulting in significant implications for the region as a whole.

The Legality of Russian Airstrikes in Syria and ‘Intervention by Invitation’

The Legality of Russian Airstrikes in Syria and ‘Intervention by Invitation’

Examining the legality of Russia’s claim of ‘intervention by invitation’ & the validity of such a principle when a country fails to respect norms of international law.

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Discrete Diplomacy: Oman and the Iran Nuclear Deal

Exploring Oman’s mediating role in facilitating the initial US-Iranian talks reveals how it can aid the US’s strategic goals in the Persian Gulf and the Middle East.

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