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.

Is the European Union’s Institutional Architecture in Multiple Crisis?

Is the European Union’s Institutional Architecture in Multiple Crisis?

The multiple crises facing the EU are not isolated incidents, but are complex and interconnected issues developed over the course of the EU’s history.

Compassionate Warfare, a Hard Promise to Keep: COIN in Iraq and Afghanistan

Compassionate Warfare, a Hard Promise to Keep: COIN in Iraq and Afghanistan

Despite the emphasis on winning “hearts and minds,” Counterinsurgency (COIN) campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan have not achieved their objectives.

To What Extent is the Realist School of IR Theory Useful for Policymakers?

To What Extent is the Realist School of IR Theory Useful for Policymakers?

Due to contrasting aims of IR theory and practice, the processes drastically differ and limit the extent to which theory can be applied to practicing world politics.

Obama and ‘Learning’ in Foreign Policy: Military Intervention in Libya and Syria

Obama and ‘Learning’ in Foreign Policy: Military Intervention in Libya and Syria

‘Learning’ as an analytical framework shows how Obama’s decision-making towards the Gaddafi and Assad regimes was informed by past US interventions.

Revolutionary Religion: Shia Islam and the Iranian Revolution

Revolutionary Religion: Shia Islam and the Iranian Revolution

The Iranian revolution of 1979 can be considered as Islamic, yet we must recognize the socioeconomic conditions and existing political movements which fostered change.

Can Soldiers Refuse to Fight? The Limitations of Just War Theory

Can Soldiers Refuse to Fight? The Limitations of Just War Theory

Orthodox Just War Theory only holds soldiers morally accountable for how they conduct warfare. By doing so, it denies the right to refuse participation in unjust wars.

Should the Rome Statute Include the Crime of Ecocide?

Should the Rome Statute Include the Crime of Ecocide?

The crime of ‘Ecocide’ is analysed within the context of the Vietnam War, suggesting that it should be added to the Rome Statute.

Resisting Necropolitics: Reconceptualizing Agency in Mbembé and Agamben

Resisting Necropolitics: Reconceptualizing Agency in Mbembé and Agamben

Mbembé’s “living dead” and Agamben’s “bare life” should be reconceptualized as performative acts in line with Butler’s theory, allowing for agency and acts of resistance.

Australia: Challenges to the Settler State’s Pursuit of Transitional Justice

Australia: Challenges to the Settler State’s Pursuit of Transitional Justice

Australia presents a unique set of challenges in the case of a settler state adopting transitional justice as a means of reconciliation with its Aboriginal population.

Postcolonial Subjects and Their Responses to Metanarratives

Postcolonial Subjects and Their Responses to Metanarratives

Colonialist metanarratives regarding postcolonial subjects are often instrumentalised by them to advance their own agenda.

A Pluriversal Perspective on the Life and Death of the Socialist World

A Pluriversal Perspective on the Life and Death of the Socialist World

The concept of the pluriverse is introduced to reconcile the theorisation of Soviet communism and its downfall with the situated experiences of Soviet citizens.

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