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.

Can China Continue to Rise Peacefully?

Can China Continue to Rise Peacefully?

China’s economic and political rise is unlikely to be peaceful in the medium to long-term scope of US-China relations due to its pursuit of an aggressive foreign policy.

Can International Organisations Become “Autonomous Sites of Authority”?

Can International Organisations Become “Autonomous Sites of Authority”?

While international organisations can become autonomous sites of authority, they are never fully independent actors.

(Impossible) Women and Boko Haram: The Paradox of Female Support to Sharia Law

(Impossible) Women and Boko Haram: The Paradox of Female Support to Sharia Law

A nuanced and contextual analysis is necessary to understand Nigerian women’s agency and their involvement with Boko Haram.

Queer Asylum Seekers as a Threat to the State: An Analysis of UK Border Controls

Queer Asylum Seekers as a Threat to the State: An Analysis of UK Border Controls

UN refugee laws and the UK asylum process perpetuate unrealistic expectations of queer identity for asylum seekers.

A woman surveys what is left of her home after government bulldozers moved in to raze down building structures as part of a campaign to clean up Monrovia.  The illegal structures were built by residents during the conflict after their previous homes were destroyed by mortars and gunfire.
31/Mar/2007. Monrovia, Liberia. UN Photo/Eric Kanalstein. www.unmultimedia.org/photo/

Why Are Feminist Theorists in International Relations so Critical of UNSCR 1325?

UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security offered policy recommendations that failed to make significant changes to women and girls in areas of armed conflict.

A Critical Reflection on Sovereignty in International Relations Today

A Critical Reflection on Sovereignty in International Relations Today

Critiquing the Hobbesian state of nature through the postcolonial lens highlights Western ontological assumptions of sovereignty in International Relations.

Nuclear Proliferation and Humanitarian Security Regimes in the US & Norway

Nuclear Proliferation and Humanitarian Security Regimes in the US & Norway

Humanitarian Security Regimes in both Norway and the US have impacted nuclear proliferation on the world stage.

To What Extent Was the NATO Intervention in Libya a Humanitarian Intervention?

To What Extent Was the NATO Intervention in Libya a Humanitarian Intervention?

Given the evidence of NATO’s emphasis on regime change, actions taken by NATO in the Libyan intervention showcase how the intervention was not strictly humanitarian.

A Critical Assessment of Eco-Marxism: A Ghanaian Case Study

A Critical Assessment of Eco-Marxism: A Ghanaian Case Study

While Eco-Marxism successfully identifies factors that facilitate illegal gold-mining in Ghana, it struggles to provide a coherent solution to the problems it highlights.

Historical Institutionalism Meets IR: Explaining Patterns in EU Defence Spending

Historical Institutionalism Meets IR: Explaining Patterns in EU Defence Spending

Historical institutionalist concepts explain the European Union’s recent increase in defence spending through an analysis of past events and critical junctures.

A Constructivist Approach to Chinese Interest Formation in the South China Sea

A Constructivist Approach to Chinese Interest Formation in the South China Sea

Analysis focusing mainly on security, power and wealth in the case of the South China Sea would be fatal, as this approach would lead straight into Thucydides’ Trap.

Capitalism and the Rise of New Slavery: From Slave Trade to Slave in Trade

Capitalism and the Rise of New Slavery: From Slave Trade to Slave in Trade

To confront new slavery, we need to realise the paradoxes in the West and start questioning basic ideas including sovereignty, freedom and realism as an ideology.

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