Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

The POLIS Journal

An occasional journal showcasing a selection of the very best essays and papers by the graduating students of the University of Leeds' School of Politics & International Studies.


This issue would not have been possible without the excellent editorial work carried out by Marijan-Benedict Hubert and Slawomir Raszewski, two current PH.D. students in the School.


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

Dr Simon Lightfoot

POLIS Journal Summer 2009

Welcome to the first edition of our new journal showcasing the best of our undergraduate students' work.

POLIS Journal  Vol.1 Summer 09


Qualified to be President? An Evaluation of the Presidential Candidates Remaining in the Race on the 10th of February, in Terms of Whether they Have the Qualities Necessary to Lead Effectively as President, by Tom Johnson, BA (Hons) Political Studies.

Indigenous Languages as 'Developmentals', by Adham Hanafi, BA (Hons) International Development Major with Politics (PA).

An Analysis of the Discourse Employed by the British Government to 'Sell' the War in Iraq, by Samuel Muston, BA (Hons) Political Studies.

An Assessment of the Strategic Compatibility of the War on Terror & the War on Drugs in the Case of Afghanistan, by Jenna Teasedale, BA (Hons) International Relations.

The Rise of Fascism: Assessing the Constitution of the Weimar Republic, by Jeremy Coldrey,  BA (Hons) Political Studies (Work Placement).

Japan's Norm Defiance: The Case of Whaling in 2007, by Gro Slotsvik, BA (Hons) International Relations and Japanese.

The International Community and Intervention in Cases of Genocide, by Amy Dowell, BA (Hons) International Relations.

'Sovereignty as Responsibility' and Darfur: 2003 to the Present Day, by Katy Showman, BA (Hons) Politics and Parliamentary Studies.

Displaced People and the Challenge to Development, by Sarah Haynes, BA (Hons) International Development Major with Geography (PA).

HIV/AIDS and Economic Policy: The cases of Zambia and Botswana, by Emma Richards, BA (Hons) Political Studies.

The journal also recognises excellent student achievement, hence the inclusion of Tom Johnson's essay, which received an honourable mention certificate for the British Association of American Studies (BAAS) Ambassador's Award for an undergraduate essay. These student papers therefore provide a fitting way to launch this journal.

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