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09 Jan 2009
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Decision Making: Will the US Attack Iran?

Essay - 3 pages - International relations

Iran has always been a major concern in United States foreign policy. With almost seventy million inhabitants, three times the population of Iraq, the former Persia is a key actor in the Middle East. The diplomatic relations between America and Iran have fluctuated according to regime changes....

18 Dec 2008
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Morality study: Iraqi refugees under American policies

Essay - 9 pages - International relations

Political theorists have debated for centuries the responsibility of countries to protect the victims of humanitarian crises. Sine the earliest days of international law, Grotius, Kant and Vattel have attempted to strike a balance between realist interests and the duty to help those most...

09 Dec 2008
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Russia in the 20th century: The Geneva Conference and peaceful coexistence

Essay - 5 pages - International relations

A study of the Soviet press' portrayal of the Geneva conference and the Western powers provides an insight into the role of the press in shaping public opinion for the state and against the West. Furthermore, the image of Soviet-American relations in the press undercuts the tense reality of...

04 Dec 2008
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The United States and Latin America in the 21st century: Recommendations for a sound and sustainable foreign policy

Essay - 7 pages - International relations

Traditionally, the relationship between the United States and Latin America has been marked by periods of ups and downs, and often indifference. Over the past decade, the latter has largely settled in. However, in view of the region's increased global profile and reach, devising a healthy...

25 Nov 2008
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Delusions of Soviet power and the American military-industrial complex

Essay - 4 pages - International relations

The Cold War period for the United States and indeed, the world was one of turbulence and uncertainty. The conclusion of World War II saw the clash of two major world powers, each replete with the awesome capability of nuclear weapons. For the first time in history the human race intentionally...

12 Nov 2008
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The Baghdad crucible

Essay - 5 pages - International relations

What is going on in Iraq since the 2003 invasion and, by extension, since long before during Operation Desert Storm is in many ways a paradigm—an ever-evolving view into a society that has, for internal and external reasons, become one of the most turbulent areas in the Middle East and in...

11 Nov 2008
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The effect of USSR on Cuba

Essay - 6 pages - International relations

The second half of the 20th century saw a great deal of USSR involvement in Cuba economically, politically, and militarily. The USSR contributed large amounts of money, weapons, subsidized goods, and other aid to the Cuban government lead by Fidel Castro. Cuba underwent a great many changes...

21 Aug 2008
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Were Bulgaria & Romania ready to join the EU? A discussion on the EU membership of Bulgaria and Romania in 2007

Essay - 11 pages - International relations

In 2007, Bulgaria and Romania joined the European Union. Bearing completely different economic and socio-political features than most of the older EU members, particularly their Western partners, Bulgaria and Romania are the poorest among the EU-27 member states. Since they started altering their...

20 Aug 2008
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Critically analyse the decision in the House of Lords' decision in the American Accord

Essay - 9 pages - International relations

The globalisation of trade brings with it greater risks than internal trade, with the differences in business practices, application of local law, combined with external political factors . The four main risks applicable when dealing with global trade are foreign law and...

30 Jul 2008
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The U.S. intelligence system post 9/11

Essay - 7 pages - International relations

September 11, 2001 marked a turning point in American history. The terrorist attacks which transpired that day brought the country into a struggle against a foreign enemy that had no boundaries or limits. The U.S. population was outraged and felt vulnerable. At the time, the government saw it...

30 Jul 2008
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U.S. immigration policy: Cuba vs. Haiti

Case study - 10 pages - International relations

United States immigration policy towards Haitian and Cuban immigrants is often discussed for its discrepancies. Historically, both countries have experienced political and economic instability that have inevitably led to massive out migration, a large portion of which headed towards the...

27 Jul 2008
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The clash of civilizations or the clash of ignorance?

Essay - 4 pages - International relations

The end of the Cold War marked a turning point in international politics and in the way in which political scientists defined world conflicts. With the fall of the Soviet Union, the United States became the sole hegemonic power. Academics rushed to demarcate future sources of conflict and fault...

25 Jul 2008
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The Melting Pot

Essay - 6 pages - International relations

America is country proud to call itself a melting pot of different people, cultures, and languages. With the exception of Native Americans, who lived off the land for thousands of years before the discovery of “the new world,” every one in the U.S. is an immigrant or came from...

17 Jul 2008
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Caucas-o-vision: White portrayal of African Americans in television

Essay - 5 pages - International relations

With the rising number of television sets in American households post World War II, came hope that this unprecedented tool of mass media would bridge the socioeconomic, racial, and cultural divides splintering the county. However, since television's conception in the late 1930's, it has further...

14 Jul 2008
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Differences and commonalities between 'Realist' writers such as Thucydides, Machiavelli, Hobbes and Morgenthau

Essay - 4 pages - International relations

Although realism, as a discipline in International Relations has only been around since the Second World War, it has a tradition that can be traced back to the time of the ancient Greeks. The fact that realism still provides a viable, though frequently criticized theory in politics can be...

14 Jul 2008
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Does collapse of the state, genocide or ethnic cleansing justify intervention?

Essay - 4 pages - International relations

Although the dilemma of intervention is not new, it emerged as a main topic of debate after the Cold War. The dilemma is whether to intervene in countries where gross human rights violations occur or to respect the sovereignty of the states. Even though a state has a right to sovereignty, thus is...

13 Jul 2008
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The impact of nazism, if any, on German foreign policy in the period 1933-39

Essay - 4 pages - International relations

Although it is never only one country that is fully responsible for the outbreak of a war, it can be agreed that the pre-war expansionist foreign policy of Germany was the triggering act behind the start of the Second World War. Therefore it is important to understand what affected German foreign...

13 Jul 2008
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Does the origins of the Cold War lie in the politics of the Second World War?

Essay - 4 pages - International relations

Although the first half of the twentieth century had been more hectic because of the frequent battles of the opposing powers in the two world wars, the second half of the century, the decades of the Cold War can be characterised as more tense because of the lack of direct clashes between the two...

07 Jul 2008
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Amnesty International: An "Indie" Organization

Tutorials/exercises - 3 pages - International relations

“Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and security of person,” states the third article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The General Assembly of the United Nations adopted this declaration in 1948. The members of the Non-Governmental organization, Amnesty...

03 Jul 2008
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Wars have their ultimate roots in the nature of human beings. Do you agree?

Essay - 3 pages - International relations

The continuing importance of wars in international relations poses the question, where wars actually originate. Are they the inventions of the states , mere accidents of history or as indicated, they are ultimately rooted in human nature. In this essay I will try to find an answer to this...

01 Jul 2008
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Are economic sanctions a moral alternative to force?

Case study - 5 pages - International relations

Having witnessed so many wars in history, it would seem an obvious answer that any other solution than force should be welcomed for resolving conflicts in international politics. Economic sanctions, as means of economic statecraft has frequently been used as an alternative. However, not only its...

01 Jul 2008
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Critical assessment of the relationships between sovereignty, the nation and the offshore world.

Essay - 5 pages - International relations

Although in the contemporary world of globalization, international organizations and institutions blur boundaries between nations and the existence of state sovereignty is frequently questioned, these concepts can still be regarded as points of departure in international politics. Moreover, in...

29 Jun 2008
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Examining issues of credible commitment from third parties in the Middle East and Aceh, Indonesia

Essay - 5 pages - International relations

There are universal aims for international intervention in conflict resolution that should be used as a guide by all third parties. Kimberly Maynard mentions some of these aims in her book, Healing Communities in Conflict: International Assistance in Complex Emergencies, addressing issues of...

19 Jun 2008
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Kosovo in the International Arena

Essay - 6 pages - International relations

Kosovo is located in the southern province of the Republic of Serbia in Western Balkans (see Appendix One). The administrative capital is Pristina and the province is separated into thirty municipalities. Kosovo's last official census in 1991 registered its approximately two million population to...

17 Jun 2008
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Nationalist movements that took place in the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam in an effort to overthrow colonial rule

Essay - 4 pages - International relations

A little known history professor once argued that the colonization that took place in Southeast Asia during the nineteenth century occurred in fundamentally the same manner. Colonial powers entered the country, subjugated the local people and exploited valuable resources for economic and...

17 Jun 2008
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What has served as the basis for cohesion between the US and Europe and what has served as the basis for separation and/or conflict?

Essay - 5 pages - International relations

Throughout the course of the twentieth century, the United States has worked diligently to develop cohesive and functional relationship with Europe. Although this process has enabled the US and Europe to develop a strong relationship, the reality is that both the United States and Europe have...

17 Jun 2008
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Critically Examination of US policy toward the Middle East in the twentieth century

Essay - 6 pages - International relations

Throughout the course of its history, the United States has utilized its foreign policy objectives for the purposes of pursuing its own needs. Although the United States has, in rare instances, pursued foreign policy objectives for the purposes of altruistically improving outcomes for citizens in...

17 Jun 2008
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Is US primacy actually a stimulus to war, or a means of achieving international order?

Essay - 5 pages - International relations

Over the course of the last two centuries, the United States has established itself as an economic, political and military leader in the international community. Although it is quite evident that the US has been the dominant world power throughout the course of the twentieth century, like many...

17 Jun 2008
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Examining how reducing America's presence in the international community could benefit the process of globalization and the domestic development of the United States

Essay - 4 pages - International relations

The process of globalization is one that has carried with it a high price for the United States. While the US has been able to extend its overall reach into the international community, not all countries in the international community have been receptive of America's presence. The United...

15 Jun 2008
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The role of social identity in shaping clearly defined identities for Palestinians and Israelis

Essay - 3 pages - International relations

Introduction The Second Intifada (also known as the Al Aqsa Intifada) which took place between Palestine and Israel between 2000 and 2004 marks the end of the Intifada movement in this region. While the events leading up to the Intifada provide a clear understanding of why this event...