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.

The Limitations and Capabilities of the United Nations in Modern Conflict

The Limitations and Capabilities of the United Nations in Modern Conflict

The ongoing Syrian Civil War exemplifies the need to reform the United Nations Security Council in order to better address elements of modern conflict.

God Save The Queer: Discussing the Role of the Family in International Relations

God Save The Queer: Discussing the Role of the Family in International Relations

Prevailing understandings of the “family ideal” within International Relations continue to marginalize queer identities at the local, national and international level.

The Third Pillar: The Vulnerable Component of the ‘Responsibility to Protect’

The Third Pillar: The Vulnerable Component of the ‘Responsibility to Protect’

The lack of consensus surrounding the Third Pillar of R2P, as well as the ambiguity of R2P’s framework, prevents its establishment as a global norm.

The Coloniality of Gender and the Politics of Difference

The Coloniality of Gender and the Politics of Difference

Decolonial feminism enhances our understanding of global affairs by exposing coloniality in knowledge production—advancing its goals of social and individual liberation.

To What Extent Can Natural Disasters Be Considered State Crimes?

To What Extent Can Natural Disasters Be Considered State Crimes?

The ways in which natural disasters can be understood as state crimes is examined, incorporating case studies from Turkey, Japan, and the United States.

The Crime-Conflict Nexus: Connecting Cause and Effect

The Crime-Conflict Nexus: Connecting Cause and Effect

The structure of a group can affect how criminality affects discipline and cohesion, while political aspirations can define the level of involvement in crime.

Do Postcolonial Approaches Explain World Politics Better than Other IR Theories?

Do Postcolonial Approaches Explain World Politics Better than Other IR Theories?

Postcolonial approaches offer a more holistic and nuanced explanation of world politics than most IR theories, but it would be misplaced to describe them as “better”.

An “Invitation to Struggle”: Congress’ Leading Role in US Foreign Policy

An “Invitation to Struggle”: Congress’ Leading Role in US Foreign Policy

Despite the great importance of the US President in American foreign policy, Congress has the power, through various means, to assert itself and shape US foreign policy.

The US Cannot Take the Japanese Alliance for Granted

The US Cannot Take the Japanese Alliance for Granted

Japan is likely to be the ultimate determining factor in peace and stability in East Asia. To avoid insecurity and great power war, diplomatic efforts should be pursued.

A New Conceptualisation of Child Reintegration in Conflict Contexts

A New Conceptualisation of Child Reintegration in Conflict Contexts

DDR programmes continue to fail at meeting specific needs of children associated with armed forces and groups. A reconceptualisation of these programmes is needed.

Only Intergovernmentalism? Partisanship and Public Policy in the European Union

Only Intergovernmentalism? Partisanship and Public Policy in the European Union

Contrary to popular belief, partisan politics have a notable impact in determining and shaping public policy within the European Union.

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