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 Crime-Conflict Nexus: Connecting Cause and Effect

The Crime-Conflict Nexus: Connecting Cause and Effect

The structure of a group can affect how criminality affects discipline and cohesion, while political aspirations can define the level of involvement in crime.

Do Postcolonial Approaches Explain World Politics Better than Other IR Theories?

Do Postcolonial Approaches Explain World Politics Better than Other IR Theories?

Postcolonial approaches offer a more holistic and nuanced explanation of world politics than most IR theories, but it would be misplaced to describe them as “better”.

An “Invitation to Struggle”: Congress’ Leading Role in US Foreign Policy

An “Invitation to Struggle”: Congress’ Leading Role in US Foreign Policy

Despite the great importance of the US President in American foreign policy, Congress has the power, through various means, to assert itself and shape US foreign policy.

The US Cannot Take the Japanese Alliance for Granted

The US Cannot Take the Japanese Alliance for Granted

Japan is likely to be the ultimate determining factor in peace and stability in East Asia. To avoid insecurity and great power war, diplomatic efforts should be pursued.

A New Conceptualisation of Child Reintegration in Conflict Contexts

A New Conceptualisation of Child Reintegration in Conflict Contexts

DDR programmes continue to fail at meeting specific needs of children associated with armed forces and groups. A reconceptualisation of these programmes is needed.

Only Intergovernmentalism? Partisanship and Public Policy in the European Union

Only Intergovernmentalism? Partisanship and Public Policy in the European Union

Contrary to popular belief, partisan politics have a notable impact in determining and shaping public policy within the European Union.

A Rock and a Hard Place: Attempts at Resolving the Cypriot Problem

A Rock and a Hard Place: Attempts at Resolving the Cypriot Problem

Cyprus has experienced ethnic conflict in the past, but is now attempting reunification. However, internal and external actors are impeding this process.

A general view of participants at a 35th Session of the Human Rights Council. 6 June 2017. UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré

Human Rights Law as a Control on the Exercise of Power in the UK

The exercise of power in the UK controls human rights law, which is concealed beneath controls and limitations which are powerful in theory, but are lacking in practice.

Jimmy Carter’s Liberalism: A Failed Revolution of U.S. Foreign Policy?

Jimmy Carter’s Liberalism: A Failed Revolution of U.S. Foreign Policy?

Carter’s progressive human rights and arms control policies ultimately failed as he underestimated the prevailing geopolitical landscape of the Cold War.

How, if at all, Does Hierarchy Exist Both in the Theory and Practice of IR?

How, if at all, Does Hierarchy Exist Both in the Theory and Practice of IR?

IR theoretical perspectives are governed by Western principles, thus constructing a hierarchy that places the West as the core analytical entity within the discourse.

Does Presentism Work? An Evaluation of the Memory Politics of Fidesz

Does Presentism Work? An Evaluation of the Memory Politics of Fidesz

The theory of presentism sheds light on the subject of collective memory and memory politics, especially in the case of Hungary’s Fidesz party.

Directors of the Apocalypse: A Tale of Russo-Soviet Nuclear Mismanagement

Directors of the Apocalypse: A Tale of Russo-Soviet Nuclear Mismanagement

Due to unchecked authoritarian practices, pre- and post-Soviet Russia has grossly mismanaged its nuclear facilities with disastrous consequences.

Revisiting Inevitability and Misperceptions: The 1962 Sino-Indian War

Revisiting Inevitability and Misperceptions: The 1962 Sino-Indian War

As shown by the Sino-Indian war, states can seriously misperceive each other’s true actions and intent.

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