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.

Assessing Global Response to Rising Sea Levels: Who Needs to Be Involved?

Assessing Global Response to Rising Sea Levels: Who Needs to Be Involved?

Addressing rising sea levels that affect islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans will allow for stronger climate change solutions globally.

Justified Alarmism? Assessing the Claim of a Contemporary ‘Authoritarian Wave’ 

Justified Alarmism? Assessing the Claim of a Contemporary ‘Authoritarian Wave’ 

Contrary to alarmist claims of a crisis of democracy, the ‘authoritarian wave’ is more likely to affect hybrid regimes over consolidated democracies.

Shaping the Transnational Capitalist Class: TNCs and the Global Economy

Shaping the Transnational Capitalist Class: TNCs and the Global Economy

The trans-nationalisation of production has benefited and structurally shaped society through the creation of a Transnational Corporate Class in host countries.

Mitigating the Human Cost of Modern Conflict: Jus in Bello and Cyberattacks

Mitigating the Human Cost of Modern Conflict: Jus in Bello and Cyberattacks

Global governance mechanisms are inadequate to address cyberattacks outside armed conflict as these threats tend to exist in a ‘grey zone’ between peacetime and conflict.

Locating ‘the Everyday’ in ‘the International’: An Exploration

Locating ‘the Everyday’ in ‘the International’: An Exploration

IR is dominated by a state-centric approach to geography; this can be rectified by rethinking spatial frameworks as relational to their historical social processes.

Laboring for Nuclear Disarmament? The Diplomacy of the Hawke-Keating Governments

Laboring for Nuclear Disarmament? The Diplomacy of the Hawke-Keating Governments

The Hawke and Keating administrations used “enlightened realpolitik” to promote nuclear disarmament while still keeping Australia under the American nuclear umbrella.

Gender and Security: Redefining the ‘State’ and a ‘Threat’

Gender and Security: Redefining the ‘State’ and a ‘Threat’

Using a gender perspective, the dominant definitions of the ‘state’ and a ‘threat’ are re-defined to better understand security today.

Terrorism as Controversy: The Shifting Definition of Terrorism in State Politics

Terrorism as Controversy: The Shifting Definition of Terrorism in State Politics

Political motives inform many definitions of terrorism, which are often irregularly applied, harming counter-terrorist initiatives.

A Royal Air Force Reaper RPAS (Remotely Piloted Air System) at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan.

904 Expeditionary Air Wing (904 EAW) is responsible for the support and operation of RAF assets at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. As well as delivering hundreds of RAF air mobility movements every year with Hercules C-130J and BAE 146 aircraft, the EAW mounts attack and intelligence missions through its detachments of RAF Tornado GR4 fast jets. The EAW also provides support for a detachment providing launch and recovery of RAF and Reaper remotely piloted air systems.

The Reaper Detachment operates the RAF’s highly capable remotely piloted air systems to supplement other air intelligence platforms with detailed imagery of ground conditions. Reaper’s primary role is to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and this forms the vast majority of its missions. 

However, when necessary the aircraft can also deploy precision-guided weapons to support Afghan-led ground forces in contact with the enemy. All Reaper missions are controlled by experienced RAF pilots, whose immediate face-to-face support from intelligence personnel and other operational specialists makes them among the most situationally aware pilots in the world. 

The Detachment is also supported by aerospace battle managers and other operational specialists based with 83 Expeditionary Air Group.


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Drones, Aid and Education: The Three Ways to Counter Terrorism

Drones, aid and education can effectively combat terrorism, but only if they are deployed together and with the proper restrictions and considerations.

Between Pepe and Beyoncé: The Role of Popular Culture in Political Research

Between Pepe and Beyoncé: The Role of Popular Culture in Political Research

Popular culture can act both as an analogous tool for political scientists and as a mirror for public attitudes.

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.

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