Master Thesis International Relations

International co-operation in the use of elite military forces to counter terrorism: The British and American experience, with special reference to their respective experiences in the evolution of low-intensity operations.Every student of the EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies programme is required to write a substantial Master's thesis, which is to be submitted in early May.

The thesis, written in either French or English, must be an original piece of work between 15,000 and 20,000 words in length, dealing with an issue relevant to the study programme. The thesis is written in the framework of an optional or compulsory course and supervised by the professor teaching that course.

Most students benefit from the proximity of Brussels and conduct interviews with experts from the EU institutions, NATO or national representations.

The dissertation shows that, while established theories of EU enlargement have focused on either geopolitical variables, economic factors or European identity to explain enlargement preferences, they have neglected domestic dynamics within member states, such as public opinion, as explanatory factors.

In fact, previous research on EU enlargement has mostly focused on analysing the determinants of public opinion instead of looking at its possible causal influence.

Back to top “Liberalism After Triumphalism: How We Arrived at the Democratic Recession” This dissertation examines liberal triumphalism and its undoing in the “democratic recession,” the erosion of the quality and quantity of democracy which the world has endured since 2006.

Rather than asking the predominant question of why this democratic recession has come about, however, it takes the genealogical approach of exploring how we arrived at the thought that liberalism had previously triumphed.

By introducing FPA theory to the field of EU enlargement, the dissertation contributes towards closing this gap.

The analysis also contributes to the theoretical debate on the public opinion-foreign policy nexus within FPA by revealing that neither a bottom-up nor a top-down logic sufficiently explains the relationship between mass opinion and enlargement policy.

As a result, the process whereby territory is materialised is considered to be a pivotal part of the legitimation of national sovereignty in general.

Finally, this thesis also tries to address some of the socio-political consequences that spring from those political performances, especially those related to immigration, such as: the mass killing, and the random imprisonment of illegal immigrants caught at the borders.


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