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.

Were ‘Ancient Hatreds’ the Primary Cause of the Yugoslavian Civil War ?

Were ‘Ancient Hatreds’ the Primary Cause of the Yugoslavian Civil War ?

Rather than ‘ancient hatreds,’ the primary causes of the Yugoslav Wars were competing groups’ need for societal security and the elite exploitation of structural anarchy.

Sketchy Depictions – Gendering of Female Politicians in Editorial Cartoons

Sketchy Depictions – Gendering of Female Politicians in Editorial Cartoons

As shown by an analysis of editorial cartoons, depictions of female political leaders are gendered based off their political credibility at the time.

Returning Rohingya: What Does the “Voluntary” in “Voluntary Repatriation” Mean?

Returning Rohingya: What Does the “Voluntary” in “Voluntary Repatriation” Mean?

To examine the voluntariness of voluntary repatriation for Rohingya refugees, a new definition of voluntariness based on acceptable alternatives and capabilities is used.

Debunking the Concept of “New Terrorism”

Debunking the Concept of “New Terrorism”

Contemporary religious terrorism is not a “new terrorism,” but instead displays similar features to previous forms of terrorism.

Arab LGBTQ Subjects: Trapped Between Universalism and Particularity?

Arab LGBTQ Subjects: Trapped Between Universalism and Particularity?

Human Rights Watch’s campaign ‘No Longer Alone’ demonstrates the inscription of Western universal concepts that are deployed and diffused in a homocolonialist manner.

How Fear Shapes World Politics

How Fear Shapes World Politics

Fear not only plays an assumptive role in the international system, but is a central notion and emotion in IR that can arise in any context to shape states’ behaviour.

International Political Economy and the 2003 Iraq War: A Keynesian Perspective

International Political Economy and the 2003 Iraq War: A Keynesian Perspective

Keynes’s emphasis on ideas and individuals is better-suited to explaining the United States’ 2003 invasion of Iraq than Marx’s focus on material structures.

The Bio/Necropolitics of State (In)action in EU Refugee Policy: Analyzing Calais

The Bio/Necropolitics of State (In)action in EU Refugee Policy: Analyzing Calais

Europe’s refugee policy creates a form of bio/necropolitics that regulates the life and death of refugees. One can see this policy in action in the “jungle” of Calais.

The Cosmopolitan-Communitarian Clash over Syria in Conservative Politics

The Cosmopolitan-Communitarian Clash over Syria in Conservative Politics

The tension between Conservative politicians’ cosmopolitan and communitarian policy reflects a new stratum of division in British politics more broadly.

Soviet Legacies and the Consolidation of Economic Rentierism in Kazakhstan

Soviet Legacies and the Consolidation of Economic Rentierism in Kazakhstan

Soviet legacies helped shape Central Asia both economically and politically. In post-independence Kazakhstan, these legacies facilitated the rise of economic rentierism.

Fighting Patriarchy like it’s 1938: Virginia Woolf, Trailblazer of Feminist IR

Fighting Patriarchy like it’s 1938: Virginia Woolf, Trailblazer of Feminist IR

Virginia Woolf’s work “Three Guineas” should be read as a transgressive, iconoclastic, and avant-gardist classic of critical feminist and gendered IR theory.

Is Universal Health Coverage Always the Best Solution to Health Challenges?

Is Universal Health Coverage Always the Best Solution to Health Challenges?

While Universal Health Coverage remains a goal worth pursuing, it faces numerous local and global challenges rendering its meaningful implementation difficult.

Are We Living in a Post-Panoptic Society?

Are We Living in a Post-Panoptic Society?

When Foucault’s theory is analysed in the context of contemporary surveillance, it suggests that we are living in a post-panoptic society.

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