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.

Members from the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service present Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, with a flag from Bartilah, a town recaptured just outside of Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. This flag symbolizes the efforts of Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve composed of U.S. Army Soldiers, U.S. Marine Corps Marines, U.S. Navy Sailors, United States Air Force Airmen and coalition military forces. (DoD Photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class  Dominique A. Pineiro/released)

The Spread of Islamic Terror in the Contemporary World

The crux of the spread of terrorism lies individual leaders being able to anchor terrorist groups in weak states and use modern communication technologies effectively.

Is Nationalism Inherently Violent?

Is Nationalism Inherently Violent?

Though nationalism by itself may not cause violence, it represents a factor in many inter-communal conflicts and is thus of great importance to international relations.

Are You a Realist in Disguise? A Critical Analysis of Economic Nationalism

Are You a Realist in Disguise? A Critical Analysis of Economic Nationalism

A constructivist lens on economic nationalism goes beyond traditional realism and illustrates that collective identities play a role in economic policy/behaviour.

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda, addresses the Security Council Summit on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament. The Summit unanimously adopted resolution 1887 (2009), expressing the Security Council's resolve to create the conditions for a world without nuclear weapons.
24/Sep/2009. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe. www.unmultimedia.org/photo/

How Far Does Civil Society Challenge Neopatrimonial Politics in Africa?

The strength of a civil society campaign dictates its efficacy, but only in the face of an unoppressive regime.

Selective Justice and Persecution? The African View of the ICC-UNSC Relationship

Selective Justice and Persecution? The African View of the ICC-UNSC Relationship

Despite evidence to the contrary, the relationship between the ICC and the UN Security Council is perceived to be discriminatory toward Africa.

Mass Atrocities and Western Imperialism: Evaluating “Responsibility to Protect”

Mass Atrocities and Western Imperialism: Evaluating “Responsibility to Protect”

The Responsibility to Protect doctrine has largely failed to effectively end violence against civilians because of its status as a mechanism of humanitarian imperialism.

Taiwan’s Democratisation and China’s Quest for Cross-Strait Reunification

Taiwan’s Democratisation and China’s Quest for Cross-Strait Reunification

Taiwan’s democratic consolidation has fundamentally altered cross-strait politics and has reshaped the debate along the lines of national identity.

How Does Hegemonic Masculinity Influence Wartime Sexual Violence?

How Does Hegemonic Masculinity Influence Wartime Sexual Violence?

This student essay aims to illustrate how hegemonic masculinity is constructed, maintained and legitimated through the practice of sexual violence.

Is Automation Liberating? The Flawed Optimism Of Postcapitalist Visions

Is Automation Liberating? The Flawed Optimism Of Postcapitalist Visions

Contrary to some arguments, increasing automation in the economy will not necessarily lead to a workless, postcapitalist future that is liberating for all.

A Postcolonial Analysis of the European ‘Migrant Crisis’

A Postcolonial Analysis of the European ‘Migrant Crisis’

The European migrant crisis illustrates that the immigration/border regimes on the continent are products of European colonial heritage and racialised identities.

Outside of Critical Theory, What Has Marxism Contributed to Understanding IR?

Outside of Critical Theory, What Has Marxism Contributed to Understanding IR?

Marxism has inspired more second-image economic analysis of the international system, this has been useful in criticizing instrumental defenses of state supremacy.

Security as a Normative Issue: Ethical Responsibility and the Copenhagen School

Security as a Normative Issue: Ethical Responsibility and the Copenhagen School

The securitization process depends on the legitimacy of the securitizing actor and the acceptance of a threat by the intended audience.

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