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03 Jun 2008

SAARC and the Environment

Essay - 5 pages - International relations

The Indian Subcontinent, though mired in poverty and overpopulation, contains one of the world's richest natural resource bases. As political and economic forces push the region to development, the future of the South Asian environment remains unclear. The countries of the region still face the...

03 Jun 2008

The Urban Organic: Ecocities in Global Perspective

Essay - 11 pages - International relations

At every turn, the global city is faced with a set of challenges. How to compete cooperatively, how to expand stably, how to modernize peacefully—these and other contradictions check the unbridled enthusiasm of neoliberal planners, who have transformed Saskia Sassen's global city model from...

03 Jun 2008

On our own: American Identity and the New Crisis of Independence

Essay - 11 pages - International relations

In this analysis, I use government documents, presidential statements, and opinion polls to chart how American goals of independence moved in and out of different contexts, and the ways this movement reflected structural as well as domestic conditions. Part one takes a broad look at...

02 Jun 2008

Human Trafficking

Essay - 7 pages - International relations

Approximately 800,000 men, women, and children are smuggled across international borders daily. These numbers do not even include labor and sexual exploitation, and internally displaced persons within each state. Those smuggled have different experiences and motivations such as political...

02 Jun 2008

The Black And White Revolution

Essay - 11 pages - International relations

“My heart is with our village people, and as I think of their future I believe I see a magnificent vista lying ahead.” Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Mission For My Country (1960) In the twenty years leading up to Islamic Revolution, the landscape of Iran underwent significant change. This...

21 May 2008

Of what do international relations consist? In what ways does it affect the behaviour of states?

Essay - 3 pages - International relations

International law has always been a significant subject of debate, but in the past hundred years this debate has intensified. Not only has the debate posed questions like ‘Of what does international law consist?' but also it has further questioned the authenticity, legitimacy, and sheer...

21 May 2008

How has globalization affected power relations among states?

Essay - 2 pages - International relations

Globalization has affected the political world system. Power relations amongst states have been altered due to a number of social, economic and political developments. “Contemporary globalization is associated with a transformation of state power as the roles and functions of states are...

16 May 2008

Afghanistan as a Just War

Essay - 4 pages - International relations

Following the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 which left American devastated, United States of America President declared that these actions needed to be viewed as an act of war. This concept of an attack on American soil was, prior to September 11th, something completely foreign to...

23 Apr 2008

When a Nation Misbehaves A Look as U.S./Iranian Relations

Essay - 3 pages - International relations

Political philosophers have been offering different ideologies regarding human nature and the development of governments for thousands of years. Some have claimed that humans are naturally good and compassionate whereas others have argued their selfish and brutish nature. Civilizations have...

19 Apr 2008

The History of Abolition: A Global Interplay of Events

Essay - 7 pages - International relations

Historical phenomena such as the abolition of slavery cannot be explained by isolating them from the larger global context that created the conditions for their existence. In his chapter titled Whose Abolition? Popular Pressure and the Ending of the British Slave Trade, Seymor Drescher states:...

19 Apr 2008

Conflict in West Africa: The cases of Sierra Leone and Liberia

Essay - 8 pages - International relations

Overview After the Cold War the majority of wars in Africa were "societal" while conflict between states was considerably rare. The inter-state wars were further prolonged and worsened by foreign support. Military assistance on part of Western and Socialist countries is one of the common...

18 Apr 2008

Globalization and its effect on Western Civilization

Essay - 3 pages - International relations

Western Civilization has been shaped by the many people and events that have witnessed its transformation from the dawn of the early modern period in 1500 up to the present day. The present word view has been formed by many events including the Renaissance, the Industrial...

09 Feb 2008

How does the "English School" of international relations differ from American approaches?

Essay - 3 pages - International relations

According to Stephen Hawking in A Brief History of Time, "a theory is a good theory if it satisfies two requirements: It must accurately describe a large class of observations on the basis of a model which contains only a few arbitrary elements, and it must make definite predictions about the...

09 Feb 2008

The case of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon

Tutorials/exercises - 6 pages - International relations

Refugee situations across the world have been characterized by three different outcomes: return to the country of origin, assimilation in the host country or resettlement into a third country. All of the above have proven unrealistic options for the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. This less than...

09 Feb 2008

The nature of the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict: Distinguishing Myth from Reality

Tutorials/exercises - 4 pages - International relations

Historical narratives are often times fragile and subject to “mythification”. Especially vulnerable are the ones in which interests between two groups collide, violent disputes are common and the nature of the conflict is highly complex and distinctively unique. In those cases various...

19 Dec 2007

The CCR5-Delta 32 Genetic Mutation and Human Evolution

Tutorials/exercises - 2 pages - International relations

Genetic mutations are not uncommon. They can happen for a variety of reasons and have a variety of effects. Those with negative effects are weeded out by natural selection, and those with positive effects prevail and are accumulated due to natural selection. These...

19 Dec 2007

International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY)

Tutorials/exercises - 5 pages - International relations

This year, December 10, 2007 is a day of many important deadlines. Not only is it the day the independence of Kosovo is said to be decided, but it is also the date by which the handover of Ratko Mladic to the ICTY is supposed to occur. Both of these could prove to be fateful days...

02 Aug 2007

American Foreign Policy Regarding Israel and Palestine: From 1998-2002

Thesis - 5 pages - International relations

Since the founding of Israel, over 50 years ago, America has taken the fledgling country under its wing . The sympathy of the American people towards Israel has wavered little despite the ups-and-downs Israel has been through in its short history . Especially...

03 May 2007

A Just Cause

Essay - 3 pages - International relations

As Michael Walzer frequently states, “war is hell”; however, that has not stopped people from engaging in it for thousands of years. There are a variety of reasons nations have entered war, among them are: territorial expansion, the spread of democracy, self-defense, and...

25 Apr 2007

Is the United Nations an effective organisation?

Essay - 3 pages - International relations

The United Nations is not the first international organisation to be established to help settle conflict peacefully and to prevent future conflicts from arising. In 1899, the Hague Convention for the Settlement of International Disputes was established. “The conference was...

24 Apr 2007

African Traditional Healing in Today's World

Thesis - 4 pages - International relations

With the advent of postmodern theory in the mid-to-late twentieth century, Western thought has come to realize the need for a more complete view of human knowledge and being, one that does not fall prey to the modernist Enlightenment fascination with ‘rationality' and ‘objectivity'...

01 Apr 2007

Vatican Diplomacy

Tutorials/exercises - 3 pages - International relations

The Pope, as a spiritual and temporal leader, wields a double sovereignty: over the City of the Vatican as Head of State, and over the Holy See (or Apostolic See) as Head of the Roman Catholic Church. This fundamental distinction, “perennialized” by the 1929 Latran accords, is at the...

27 Mar 2007

Britain is widely regarded as the « awkward partner » in Europe. How accurate is this assessment?

Thesis - 4 pages - International relations

“We have our own dream and our own task. We are with Europe, but not of it. We are linked, but not combined. We are interested and associated, but not absorbed.” Winston Churchill's famous quote aptly describes Britain's approach to European integration since the inception of the EU in...

12 Mar 2007

Kenneth Waltz's on nuclear weapons

Essay - 3 pages - International relations

Do you agree with Waltz's recommendation to spread nuclear weapons? On Sunday, April 9, 2006, the Washington Post announced that “the Bush administration is studying options for military strikes against Iran as part of a broader strategy of coercive diplomacy to...

01 Mar 2007

The Progressive Era, the New Deal, and the Great Society: a comparative study

Essay - 4 pages - International relations

The Jeffersonian idea that liberty and equality would be best achieved by everyman pursuing his own interest and a federal government with greatly constrained powers is often seen as America's traditional political philosophy. During the 20th century, three periods of government activism...

25 Jan 2007

The United States and international religious freedom

Essay - 4 pages - International relations

In 1998, the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) created both the International Religious Freedom Office in the Department of State and the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). Since this date, a report has been produced every year within the United States,...

15 Jan 2007

The causes of resurgence of Islamism

Essay - 4 pages - International relations

Since the terrorist attacks of 9/11 in 2001, Islamism is perceived as the major international threat of our time. The subject is broadly under studies, in universities as well as in the media, which often provide a biased vision of the phenomenon. Islamism can be defined by the use of the...

15 Jan 2007

Is the environment an international security issue?

Essay - 4 pages - International relations

The last half of the 20th Century has been exclusively dominated by the Cold war conflict. There was little space in the analysis of the scholars in International relations for other minor issues of “low politics”, while the questions of the nuclear war and balance of terror...

20 Dec 2006

What explains the disintegration of Yugoslavia?

Essay - 8 pages - International relations

The Second Yugoslavia created in 1943, under the name of Democratic Federation of Yugoslavia, was a federal state consisting of six republics -Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia- and two autonomous provinces - Kosovo and Vojvodina. It became the Federal...

14 Dec 2006

Psychological approaches to International Politics. The case of Cyprus

Essay - 11 pages - International relations

Located at a strategic position in the eastern Mediterranean sea, Cyprus, in the course of its history has frequently switched hands in-between powers which maintained an interest in the region. The list of its successive rulers includes the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Phoenicians, the Byzantines,...

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