Capability versus Intent: How the United States Represented the Threat of WMD-Terrorism since 2001. BA (HONS) Thesis, UQ. 2/6/2017

The events of the 11th of September in 2001 significantly changed how the United States and the Western world perceived the threat posed by non-state terrorist organisations. The 9/11 attacks undermined the illusion of America’s invulnerability in the post-Cold War era. It was the first time they had been attacked since Pearl Harbor and the…

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‘Civilisation’ and ‘Barbarism’: The Role of Perception the post- First World War world.

The long-held notions of ‘civilisation’ and ‘barbarism’ heavily influenced the post-First World War international order. Prior to the outbreak of the First World War, it was commonly held that North and Western Europe was ‘civilised,’ while the colonial world in particular was ‘barbaric’ or ‘uncivilised.’ This notion is clearly stated in Argentinian writer Domingo Faustino…

Climate Change and the Principles of Modern International Development. 22/5/2013

The global environment crisis posits a major challenge into the fundamental principles concerning modern development. The relevance of certain development strategies has been questioned due to gradual environment changes in recent history. The recognition of the detrimental impact that modern development has had on the global environment has also assisted in the debate. The pursuit…

Sahlins’ Development Paradox. 14/4/2013

American anthropologist Marshal Sahlins in his work Stone Age Economics, published in 1974, acknowledged a paradox in development today. This paradox is essentially the progression of modern development mutually ensures the relative increase in global hunger and poverty. Sahlins’ theory is illustrated vividly in the understanding of development. He largely achieves this through his comparisons…

Is the elimination of nuclear weapons possible? Is it desirable? 5/6/2015

Throughout the second half of the twentieth and beginning of the twenty-first centuries there has been constant debate concerning the desirability and the possibility of eliminating nuclear weapons globally. The two sides of this debate essentially state that either, complete nuclear disarmament is wholly desirable and possible, or that it is neither possible nor desirable.…

Resistance against the African American civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. 12/10/2015

Throughout the history of the African American pursuit for civil rights there has been active resistance displayed predominantly by the American white community. During the African American civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s in particular, resistance towards the movement was well organised and widespread within white society. This was especially evident within the…

The Relationship Between Failed States and the Spread of Transnational Terrorism in Sub-Saharan Africa. 30/10/2015

Within the nations of sub-Saharan Africa exists an epidemic of failed or failing states and widespread international terrorism. Until recent years, these issues remained relegated to Northern Africa, the sub-Sahara and the Horn of Africa. However, with the escalation of terrorist activity in many African nations, like recent bombings in Kenya and Somalia, and the…