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The Israel Lobby and the U.S. National Interest

The Israel Lobby and the U.S. National Interest

Mearsheimer and Walt’s illustration of the Israel lobby has led to a wide debate on the the domestic influences on foreign policy. Their thesis exaggerates the ability of interest groups to divert foreign policy, and their notion of national interest can be criticised as not in line with those who make foreign policy.

How can one best explain the Rwandan genocide?

How can one best explain the Rwandan genocide?

Whilst historical legacies and existing prejudices are important, they are not an explanation in and of themselves for the Rwandan genocide. A more accurate way to explain the genocide is to look at why ethnic tensions were maintained, and how historical events were manipulated.

The US invasion of Iraq: failings and consequences

The US invasion of Iraq: failings and consequences

The United States’ decision to launch a preventive attack on Iraq in 2003 resulted in significant international resentment, plummeting approval ratings of the Bush administration and domestic disenchantment which manifested itself with subsequent election results. This was exacerbated by failure to find weapons of mass destruction, the mistreatment of prisoners in the Abu Ghraib prison, and the problematic occupation.

The Concept of Sustainable Development

The Concept of Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development is a concept that at its core is revolutionary, yet difficult to pragmatically define. The history behind sustainable development is one that does not stretch far. Tensions that can be found within this idea are numerous, ranging from its ambiguous and vague definition, to the failure of attaining a universal pragmatic and operational framework.

The Functions of Diplomacy

The Functions of Diplomacy

Throughout the course of history diplomacy has been a paramount element in the upkeep of peace and in the creation of positive change. Without diplomacy much of the world’s affairs, and organizations, would not exist. There are many examples of how diplomacy has affected countries, and even individual citizens.

Transnational Labour Migration and the International Sex Trade

Transnational Labour Migration and the International Sex Trade

The sex trade has been overlooked in migration studies, often only appearing in criminological or gender studies.

‘Diaspora’? The Case of the Russians of Central Asia

‘Diaspora’? The Case of the Russians of Central Asia

Russians living in Central Asia and Russians returning to the Russian Federation cannot be considered to be diasporas

Islamic Identities in Post-Soviet Russia: Realities and Representations

Islamic Identities in Post-Soviet Russia: Realities and Representations

In Russia, depictions of Muslims tend to be generalised, and in extreme cases are depicted as violent extremists with desires to convert the world to fundamentalist Islam

Why did Communism survive in China but not in the USSR?

Why did Communism survive in China but not in the USSR?

While there were many factors that contributed to the downfall of Communism in the Soviet Union, the main one was that during the 1980s nobody believed in it any more; which was the key difference between the survival of Communism in China. China had a truly mass movement with Communism, while the Soviet Union was largely created with the ideas of one man, Lenin.

Economic Development and Democratisation in the Middle East

Economic Development and Democratisation in the Middle East

There is an incompatibility between the purpose and mode of Middle Eastern economic development to date and the fraught efforts towards forms of democracy across the region. Additionally, the importance of certain economic developments to specific actors has successfully outweighed the importance of democracy in the region, and will persist in doing so for the foreseeable future.

Compare and contrast the British government’s use of propaganda in the Suez crisis and the Falklands war

Compare and contrast the British government’s use of propaganda in the Suez crisis and the Falklands war

The 1956-1957 Suez Crises/Tripartite Aggression and the 1982 Falklands/Malvinas War each provide a rich insight into the use of propaganda by the British establishment in advancing its national and international aims, but with almost diametrically opposite consequences.

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