International Relations Paper Examples

Iran and Its Pursuit of Nuclear Weapons: Is War Imminent?

Introduction Within the past few years Iran has pursued a distinctly anti-U.S. stance and has reportedly developed a weapons program that is meant to discourage any attacks on its soil creating a situation where war is a distinct possibility within the Middle East. This paper assumes that war is not imminent given that Iran’s actions […]

Result of US-Venezuela Relations

Introduction The United States has had an eventful relationship with countries of Latin America. Latin America has historically been the US’s backyard as far as foreign policy is concerned (Cottam 4). Given its diversity and active politics, various US administrations since Kennedy have focused on different issues including military operations to achieve predetermined political and […]

Is the Rise of China a Threat or an Opportunity for Europe?

Introduction The rise of China has become one of the most important phenomena taking place in the world. Policy makers and international relations scholars have come up with numerous debates due to the rise of China. The history of the Chinese government stretches over years, but it is not short of powerful dynasties. Most countries […]

Asylum Seekers in Australia

Introduction The increasing inflow of refugees and asylum seekers has become one of the major concerns for Australian policy-makers, journalists, human rights activists, and tax-payers. In particular, it is necessary to reconcile two needs. At first, the Australian government must ensure that people, who are at the risk of torture, persecution, or discrimination, can find […]

Functionalist and Constructivist Approaches to Regionalism

Regionalism Regionalism is an old concept which has attracted heated debated among scholars. There is little consensus regarding the meaning of regionalism and its relevance to international relations. Fawcett (2004) defines regionalism as “a policy whereby states and non-state actors cooperate and coordinate strategy within a given region” (p. 433). Regionalism aspires to encourage the […]

Turkey: Synthesis between Islam and Secularism

Turkey was founded as a secular state with clear national values. The country has enjoyed a clear distinction between state and religion for several decades. This has in effect promoted a national value of exclusion of religion from all parts of public life. Initial constitutional reviews eliminated Islam as a national religion. Reform processes later […]

AFRICOM Airpower Challenges: One Flew over the Arab Spring Nest. The US on Air Operations in Libya

Abstract The period of the Arab Spring was, doubtlessly, one of those events that shape the world history. Followed by massive outbursts of violence and aggression, revolts in Libya had clearly gone completely out of control by the time that the world’s most powerful states could possibly do anything about it. Therefore, the situation concerning […]

The US Special Relationship with England

Introduction The US and Britain have enjoyed a unique relationship characterized by cooperation and mutual support. The special relationship between the US and England was first articulated by Britain’s Wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill and it has continued to define the association between the two countries for decades (Sharp, 2009). The special relationship has seen […]

Humanitarian non-organization WFP vs. IFAD

Introduction Study literature shows that there are various humanitarian non-governmental organizations across the world. However, this study seeks to analyze the World Food Program (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The study takes into consideration their goals, achievements and failures. It also compares the activities undertaken by these agencies as well as […]

Nuclear disarmament as a way to keep peace and provide human security

Introduction As the world struggles with the different challenges that are suppressing socioeconomic development in the contemporary days, human security is mainly at stake. Initially, social security was perhaps a mere threat as the involvement of global politics touching on the United States and the United Kingdom among other powerful states in the nuclear arsenal […]

The Right Moral Choice for the US in Response to Chemical Weapons attack in Syria

Introduction Some of the questions that have dominated the popular media and debates worldwide concern the situation in Syria and the question of the United States’ involvement in the ongoing events in Syria. The humanitarian situation in Syria has worsened in the past few months due to increase in the scale of violence resulting from […]

The Impacts of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 on the National Intelligence Community

9/11 Commission’s Major Recommendations for Reforming the Intelligence Community One recommendation of the 9/11 Commission to reform the Intelligence Community was the separation of its two arms, the Intelligence Committee and CIA Management. This was aimed at reducing conflicts within the Intelligence Community when gathering information. Similarly, the 9/11 commission was to ensure that the […]

International trade and global politics

Economic negotiations and institutions are vital to international politics. The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), the predecessor to the World Trade Organization (WTO), was formed after World War II, to arbitrate on international trade issues. GATT was formed to enable countries to lower their tariffs and other trade barriers, which impacted negatively on […]

Egyptian and Tunisian Transitions

The Arab world has recently witnessed massive transitions in their systems of governance, Egypt and Tunisia included. Even though the countries have been targeting significant reforms during the transitions, the trends have taken different dimensions. For instance, the two North African nations experienced successful revolutions, and have tried to alter their governance system. A close […]

The Danger of Intelligence Politicization

National Intelligence Council (NIC) remains the America’s most important agency in charge of the country’s security. It is charged with the responsibility of enhancing the depth and accuracy of intelligence investigation and integration of domestic and foreign dimensions of the country’s intelligence. This is done to ensure that the threats to United States’ national security […]

U.S. Foreign Policy Choices in the Cases of Syria and Libya

Introduction and the identification of the problem The interaction of countries in the international system is often determined by several factors. As opined in theories of international relations like realism, nations often seek to secure their interests when interacting or advancing a number of courses in the international system. The question that is asked and […]

Common and Distinct Characteristics of The Abkhaz-Georgian conflict

Common Characteristics All the conflicts involve several countries that are geographically neighboring each other within their locations. The Abkhaz-Georgian conflict involves Georgia and the breakaway territory of Abkhazia, as well as a lot of influence from Russia. The South Ossetian-Georgian conflict equally involved Georgia and Russia going into war, with Ossetian declaring itself an independent […]

Faith, Justice, War – and Human Rights in the Realm of the Present-Day World

Introduction: Human Right. Definition, Issues, and Prospects: An Overview Although one might have expected that in the XXI century, the issue of human rights would finally be resolved, the reality proves wrong. Granted that much has been done to give rights to national minorities, women and children, this population remains in the risk group. Analyzing […]

North Korea’s threat on the United States

North Korea’s threat to the United States Recent events have raised issues concerning North Korea’s threat to the United States. In addition, North Korea’s missile launch has raised alarm on the country’s nuclear threat. Of great concern is its ability to cause a collapse of United State’s infrastructure through electromagnetic pulse attack. Recent observations place […]

Globalisation and the Future of Islam-West Relations

The relationship between the Western world and the Islamic world is a complicated matter which has raised many questions allover the world. These bloody relations have been characterised by consistent confrontations that have existed between the two sides for many centuries. Muslims, who appears to be on the receiving end of these confrontations, have always […]

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

NATO was developed from the 1948 North Atlantic Treaty, which stipulated that member states should defend one another if they were attacked (Collins 1). NATO is a military cooperation of “Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, […]

A Brief History of the Conflict between India and Pakistan

India and Pakistan are listed among countries that have had complicated relationships for a very long time in history. The two countries gained their sovereignty from Britain simultaneously in 1947. This independence marked a separation of the former British India into two major countries, India and Pakistan. According to the separation agreement, Pakistan was to […]

Why Has the Arab-Israeli Conflict over the Gaza Blockade Gone on for so Long?

Introduction The conflict between Israel and Arab community is a continuing dispute within the long-term frame of conflict that engaged the Gaza and the Israeli in the Gaza strip territory. Palestinians’ vigorous resistance to the occupation of the armed forces in Gaza went sky high in the Gaza terrain after the election that was irresistible […]

China’s Aid and Investment in Africa: Towards Achieving the Millennium Development Goals

Introduction Background Information 2015 is an important year on the calendar of 193 nations in the world and about 23 international organizations. According to the United Nations (2010:72), 2015 is the year that the signatories to the Millennium Development Goal (herein referred to as MDGs) should have attained the policies set out in the agreement. […]

Should Canada support Syrian Rebel Forces?

Introduction In February this year, John Kerry was reported saying that Syria was the “legitimate voice of the Syrian people” (Cbsnews Para.1). For this reason, Kerry said that the U.S was willing and ready to supply the rebels with non-lethal support. To Kerry, non-lethal support includes medical supplies and foods coupled with financial aid required […]

Human Rights Issues in Guantanamo Bay

Written by Daniella Schneider, the article “Human Rights Issues in Guantanamo Bay” tackles various issues regarding detention and treatment of prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay. The article examines both political and legal issues surfacing due to the continued detentions. Currently, the prevailing political condition has degraded and gone against laws relating to international and human […]

Realism and Prudence in Foreign Policy

Realism is an approach to international relations that has developed progressively through the works of numerous political analysts who have based themselves within, and therefore have not exceeded a characteristic but yet assorted approach or conventional evaluation. Realism focuses on global political challenges attributable to individual characteristics and lack of universal watchdog. These two elements […]

Reasons of Empathy in Political Negotiations

Introduction Empathy has always played a critical role in the domestic and foreign policy making processes in the American government. However, the US has always been inspired by the foreign policy making doctrine when making foreign decisions. Research shows that a leader will always make decisions with empathy because of the human nature. Some scholars […]