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.

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.

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.

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