Essays

Power-Sharing as a Form of Democratic Development in Zimbabwe and South Sudan

Julian Neal • Jun 13 2012 • Essays
Power-sharing, far from a method aimed solely at conflict resolution, provides ample chance for national political development.

The Arab Spring and a Liberal Analysis of US and EU Foreign Policies

Emina Ademovic • Jun 13 2012 • Essays
The US and EU's foreign policies towards the Middle East and North Africa are certainly influenced by the Arab Spring. Indeed, the changes taking place in the Arab world must be handled carefully by these powerful actors.

Perestroika’s Failure to Democratise the Soviet Union

Ingmar Zielke • Jun 12 2012 • Essays
Gorbachev’s restructuring of the Soviet Union was never designed to create a democratic state. The August Coup of 1991 revealed the fierce conservative resistance he faced throughout his reforms.

Neorealism and neoliberal institutionalism: born of the same approach?

Alexander Whyte • Jun 11 2012 • Essays
Both ‘neo’ theoretical approaches have their differences but they share similar worldviews. They also share a comparable epistemology and ontology, focus on similar questions, and have similar assumptions about world politics.

The Inability of the U.S. to Replicate the Al Anbar Awakening in Afghanistan

Michael Dean Krebs • Jun 10 2012 • Essays
Success in Iraq was primarily the result of conditions prior to the surge. Acknowledging this, the thesis will argue that in Afghanistan the US is faced with a much bleaker picture.

Globalization and Wealth Creation in Developing Countries

Nigel Hogan • Jun 9 2012 • Essays
Although the benefits of globalization continue to be disproportionately angled in favour of the developed global North, GDP can be seen to have risen for developing countries, including those within sub-Saharan Africa.

What is the Difference Between a Realist and a Gramscian Understanding of Hegemony?

Christopher Grundy • Jun 8 2012 • Essays
The concept of hegemony was revolutionised by Gramsci. He effectively transfigured hegemony from a one-dimensional feature into a more complex subject.

Will the Euro Rival the US Dollar?

Silvia Caneva • Jun 8 2012 • Essays
Given the structural deficiencies that weaken the EMU and consequently the international status of the Euro, it is unlikely that the Euro will rival the Dollar, at least in the short term.

A Rentier Class: Economic Aspects of the Colonial Legacy in Senegal

J. Paul Barker • Jun 7 2012 • Essays
The legacy of French colonial rule continued to be a shaping force in the economic development of Senegal for decades following its independence. This placed restraints on the economy and made it difficult for businesses to generate growth independent of the regime.

The Causes of the Iraq War: Implications for Morgenthau, Wendt, and Waltz

Bleddyn E. Bowen • Jun 7 2012 • Essays
Some classical realist and constructivist principles allow us to make sense of the Iraq war, but a neorealist fixation on the distribution of material capabilities does not.

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