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.

A Rules-Based System? Compliance and Obligation in International Law

A Rules-Based System? Compliance and Obligation in International Law

This student essay draws on constructivist epistemology to explore the conditions of state compliance in international law.

The Implicit Imperialism of Democratic Peace

The Implicit Imperialism of Democratic Peace

The idea that democratization is the path to peace rose with liberal victory after the Cold War, but this lacked major empirical backing or a tested peacebuilding model.

(Re)Shaping Territories to Identities: Is the Middle East a Colonial Invention?

(Re)Shaping Territories to Identities: Is the Middle East a Colonial Invention?

Orientalism served as a basis of colonial thought and activity that enabled and justified the intervention of the ‘Middle East’ without considering different identities.

Was There a Soviet-led Menace to Global Stability and Freedom in the Late 1940s?

Was There a Soviet-led Menace to Global Stability and Freedom in the Late 1940s?

It was the lack of soft power that demonstrated how unrealistic it truly was for the USSR to expand globally.

High North – Low Tension? Norway, Russia and Securitisation in the Arctic

High North – Low Tension? Norway, Russia and Securitisation in the Arctic

Initially reluctant to securitise relations with Russia, Norway has perceived events in Ukraine as destabilising and modified its Russia policy accordingly.

‘Fascisti del Terzo Millennio? No, solo Fascisti’: The Politics of CasaPound

‘Fascisti del Terzo Millennio? No, solo Fascisti’: The Politics of CasaPound

Despite some perceptions that the political party CasaPound only selectively invokes fascist ideology, the organization fully adheres to traditional fascist doctrine.

Reform of the Global Financial Architecture: The Role of BRICS and the G20

Reform of the Global Financial Architecture: The Role of BRICS and the G20

The reforms that are being made in the Global Financial Architecture (GFA) are incremental at best, and not achieving the necessary systemic change.

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Sovereignty and Absence in International Relations: Hauntological Performativity

Contrasting ‘ontological performativity’ and ‘hauntological performativity’, this essay understands sovereignty as an entity that is neither absent nor present.

Microfinance and the Mirage of Women’s Empowerment

Microfinance and the Mirage of Women’s Empowerment

Rather than moving women out of poverty, access to microloans led to the financialization of village life, and resulted in a feminization of indebtedness.

A U.S. Special Forces intelligence sergeant provides security overwatch as a Special Forces engineering sergeant, both assigned to Special Operations Task Force – South, climbs over an irrigation wall during a security patrol March 8, in Panjwai District, Kandahar province, Afghanistan. The SOTF-South Special Forces team in the area conducts regular patrols in order to bolster security as well as to meet with area villagers to assess development projects.

Mapping the Nexus Between Security and Development in the 21st Century

While a mutually constitutive nexus between the fields of security and development exists, the relationship’s content remains ill-defined and unclear.

Gendered Perspectives and Nuclear Disarmament

Gendered Perspectives and Nuclear Disarmament

The inclusion of gendered perspectives in security issues is essential and may even provide an impetus for total nuclear disarmament.

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