Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

The POLIS Journal

An occasional journal that showcases a selection of the best essays and papers written by graduating students of the School of Politics and International Studies.


This issue would not have been possible without the excellent editorial work carried out by Slawomir Raszewski, a current PhD student in the School.

Slawomir Raszewski


Funding for this project was provided by Dr. Simon Lightfoot's University Teaching Fellowship.

Dr Simon Lightfoot

POLIS Journal Winter 2011

Welcome to the sixth edition of our journal that showcases the best of our undergraduate students' work.

POLIS Journal Vol.6 Winter 11


New Labour and the continuation of Thatcherite policy. By Aimee Oakley.

How does North Korea signal to other regional actors? By Gilberto J. Algar-Faria.

What factors influenced Japan’s decision to dispatch its Self-Defence Forces (SDF) to Iraq in 2004? By Jack Edward Holden.

How Peaceful is China's Rise? The Use of Soft and Hard Power in China's Energy Security Strategy in Central Asia. By James Pennington.

Are the official economic and political obstacles to Turkey's EU accession merely a 'fig leaf' covering real unofficial cultural and religious reservations? By James Toghill.

An examination of the discourse between the US and Iran on the issue of nuclear weapons between 2007-10. Does this discourse reflect the ambition of these nations to be the dominant regional power? By John Lake.

After the Chenoan: Engagement or Containment? What is the most effective approach for the United States Foreign Policy when considering North Korea’s nuclear ambitions? By Josh Saxby.

Between Revisionism and Status Quo: China in International Regimes. China’s behaviour in the global trade, non-proliferation and environmental regimes. By Katherine Combes.

Internet Campaigning US vs. UK: A comparative study of Howard Dean, Barack Obama, and the main parties of the UK 2010 General Election. By Nick Haley.

The EU Foreign and Security Policy after the Cold War: In Search of Identity and Role. By Ozal Hopi.

The Production of Acquiescence in the Courtroom: An Analysis of the Experiences of People with Learning Difficulties and Mental Health Conditions in UK Courts. By Rosalee Dorfman.

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