Gah. So here is the question I'm doing for this essay writing company:
Are states the only relevant conceptual actors in world politics?
Gah. Again. It's so...first year undergrad. Which is probably who they hope to sell it to, of course. But still, that flaming question...it's almost as bad as "is classical Realism's focus on human nature misguided?"
The other questions were no better. "Has the response of the EU to the ‘Arab Spring’, recent events in the Middle East, been primarily driven by self-interest?" Probably. I don't know, because there are more interesting things to think about than EU foreign policy, like how long it takes for paint to dry, or whether a falling tree in the woods makes a sound if no-one is around to hear it.
And the other is "To what extent are recent grass-roots protests such as ‘Occupy the City’ driven by identical motivations to the 1960’s protest movement?" Yeah. I'm not even going to go there.
By contrast, my actual university assignments are pretty awesome. I mean, check this out:
Answer one of the following questions:
Discuss and assess the following counter-terrorism policy recommendation: learn to live with terrorism.
Discuss and assess the following counter-terrorism policy recommendation: address root problems and causes.
Discuss and assess the following counter-terrorism policy recommendations (a) avoid over-militarisation of response; and (b) obtain good intelligence;
Discuss and assess the following counter-terrorism policy recommendation: respect the rule of law.
Discuss and assess the following counter-terrorism policy recommendations: (a) co-ordinate counter-terrorism measures; and (b) maintain credibility in public argument.
Answer one of the following questions:
‘Competing analyses of al-Qaeda give rise to competing counter-terrorism responses’ – Discuss
‘Like other terrorist movements, Al-Qaeda aims to nurture a climate in which autonomous groups and individuals carry out terrorist attacks’ – Discuss
‘Communities help defeat terrorism’ – Discuss
To what extent have notions of ‘radicalisation’, ‘counter-radicalisation’, ‘de-radicalisation’, ‘violent extremism’ and ‘extremism’ altered the concept and practice of ‘counter-terrorism’.
‘Government negotiations with terrorists reward terrorism’ - Discuss
And these are the ones I'm interested in from my electives:
Analyse the concept of the ‘lone wolf’ in relation to far right terrorism and political violence.
Discuss the relationships between (a) mainstream politics, (b) far right politics, and (c) far right terrorism, political violence and hate crime, in one country.
To what extent do Richard English’s seven policy recommendations in Terrorism: How to Respond apply when conceiving responses to far right terrorism and political violence?
‘Since 9/11 Muslims in US and Europe have become more at risk of far right violence’ – discuss
To what extent have governments been ‘blind in the right eye’* ?
What forces shaped patterns of political violence between 1914 and 1945?
Assess the achievements and failures of the IRA in mounting sustained campaigns of destruction in Britain in 1919-22 and 1939-1940.
Why were the Irgun so brutal?
How far should we concur with the Nazis' assessment of Resistance fighters as 'terrorists'?
Q1. Using examples, critically discuss some causes of suicide terrorism.
Q2. What role does religion play in promulgating suicide terrorism?
Q3. How can we explain the contagion effect of suicide terrorism?
Q4. How important is it to understand the role of women in suicide terrorism?
Q5. Can we construct an overarching theoretical approach to study suicide terrorism?
Q6. Has Al Qaeda changed the nature of suicide terrorism? Discuss using examples.
Q7. Can suicide terrorism ever be a rational choice for the individual committing the act? Why or why not?
Much more fun