Essays

Second Place – A Farewell to ‘Dulce et Decorum est’? Constit ...

My friend, you would not tell with such high zest To children ardent for some desperate glory, The old Lie; Dulce et Decorum est Pro patria mori. —Wilfred Owen[1] Since France and the Netherlands rejected a […]

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Third Place – Advancing Deterrence and Eradicating Agency: The 1 ...

“Air power may either end war or end civilization.”  — Winston Churchill, House of Commons, 14 March 1933 In the spring of 1920, British armed forces in Mesopotamia found themselves mired in the largest British-led military engagement […]

Honorable Mention – China in Africa: The Role of “Non-Official ...

The third world, as it used to be known, is disappearing gradually, as the parts of it that have developed are now concentrating their energies on building up those that have not. – Robert D. Kaplan, […]

Honorable Mention – Understanding Sexual Warfare in Kashmir: Pre ...

Since the Indian invasion of 1947, the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir has been plagued by fierce armed conflict and political tension. Kashmiri insurgents have organized into over a dozen regionalist rebel groups and demand […]

A Case for Clandestine Diplomacy: The Secret UK-US-Libyan Talks

Introduction From the Cuban Missile Crisis to today’s Israeli-Palestinian conflict, clandestine diplomacy has played an integral role in international relations—both past and present.[1] Academic research, however, has long overlooked the critical role intelligence actors play in […]

Science and Technology in Modern China: A Historical and Strategic Per ...

Introduction “Carry out the policy of opening to the outside world and learn advanced science and technology from other countries. China cannot develop by closing its door, sticking to the beaten track and being self-complacent.”[1] On […]

The New Ottoman Citizen: Moderate Islamism and Kurdish Reforms in The ...

The June 8, 2013 cover of The Economist featured the face of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, superimposed on the reclining, robed body of a 16th century Ottoman sultan, complete with prayer beads and a […]

The Importance of the Diaspora’s Investment in Haiti

Introduction Since 1990, the Haitian government has transformed—with laborious displays of violence—19 times.[1] The trend is part of a cycle of sustained political instability that has pervaded the nation’s history since its inception and has prevented […]

The Bodhisattva and Those Who Burned: On Self-Immolation and the Silen ...

On December 4th of last year, Kunchok Tseten made his final decision. Leaving behind his wife and two children, ages three and four, Tseten strode to the center of the Meruma township in Sichuan Province, China. […]

Imperial Contradiction: Australian Foreign Policy and the British Resp ...

Introduction: Imperial Contradiction Can any nation depend for its defence upon a foreign policy entirely conducted by statesmen responsible to another nation? – F.W. Eggleston F.W. Eggleston first asked the question above in a 1912 essay, […]

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