What are the main challenges to a cooperative, US-led international order?

25th May 2017


The purpose of this essay is to describe the main challenges to a cooperative, US-led international order. These challenged are a wide range of different things such as other states and non-state actors, the system of the international order and the US itself. The scope of the question will be narrowed to focus on specific states that will challenge the US the actions of these states and the actions the US will take to remain the world leader. The time frame of the answer will be focusing on the modern day, with the US as the currently world leader though with references to past actions and implications for the future. Continue reading


Should the state always be the focus of security politics?

23rd March 2017

I believe this question is asking: if the state is not always the focus of security policies, then who or what is and which should take priority, the state or these other actors.

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How do issues become the focus of international governance?

2nd February 2017

In this essay I will look at how issues become the focus of international governance using the analytical approaches of Regime theory, specifically the global non-proliferation regime and Transnational Advocacy Networks (TAN) theory and the case studies of International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL).   Continue reading

Should we intervene? Analysing the question of Humanitarian Intervention by the West in the Global South.

Date: 23rd January 2017


This report has been commissioned by a fictional NGO to assess how far humanitarian intervention reflects Western domination of the international system.This report will discuss the history, merits and weaknesses of western intervention in the global south and some recommendations so that the NGO can frame its position.

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Is the international system is becoming more even or more uneven?

This essay will discuss whether the international system is becoming more even or more uneven by looking at the political character of states and the spread of networks.  I will first look at the political character of states and how they have developed over time and what they are now. Then I will discuss the theories behind these developments. After, I will look at networks and how they are changing the face of international relations.

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