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.

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.

A Rock and a Hard Place: Attempts at Resolving the Cypriot Problem

A Rock and a Hard Place: Attempts at Resolving the Cypriot Problem

Cyprus has experienced ethnic conflict in the past, but is now attempting reunification. However, internal and external actors are impeding this process.

A general view of participants at a 35th Session of the Human Rights Council. 6 June 2017. UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré

Human Rights Law as a Control on the Exercise of Power in the UK

The exercise of power in the UK controls human rights law, which is concealed beneath controls and limitations which are powerful in theory, but are lacking in practice.

Jimmy Carter’s Liberalism: A Failed Revolution of U.S. Foreign Policy?

Jimmy Carter’s Liberalism: A Failed Revolution of U.S. Foreign Policy?

Carter’s progressive human rights and arms control policies ultimately failed as he underestimated the prevailing geopolitical landscape of the Cold War.

How, if at all, Does Hierarchy Exist Both in the Theory and Practice of IR?

How, if at all, Does Hierarchy Exist Both in the Theory and Practice of IR?

IR theoretical perspectives are governed by Western principles, thus constructing a hierarchy that places the West as the core analytical entity within the discourse.

Does Presentism Work? An Evaluation of the Memory Politics of Fidesz

Does Presentism Work? An Evaluation of the Memory Politics of Fidesz

The theory of presentism sheds light on the subject of collective memory and memory politics, especially in the case of Hungary’s Fidesz party.

Directors of the Apocalypse: A Tale of Russo-Soviet Nuclear Mismanagement

Directors of the Apocalypse: A Tale of Russo-Soviet Nuclear Mismanagement

Due to unchecked authoritarian practices, pre- and post-Soviet Russia has grossly mismanaged its nuclear facilities with disastrous consequences.

Revisiting Inevitability and Misperceptions: The 1962 Sino-Indian War

Revisiting Inevitability and Misperceptions: The 1962 Sino-Indian War

As shown by the Sino-Indian war, states can seriously misperceive each other’s true actions and intent.

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.

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