11 Interesting Thesis Topics In International Relations

With the world on a knife edge, there is no excuse for writing a boring or bland thesis when it comes to the subject of international relations. Forget the tired old topics that students have trotted out for years – unless, of course, you want to be perceived as average. Be bold, be daring, there is no need to play it safe. You don’t have to agree with one side or the other, all you need to be able to do is write an amazing thesis that cuts straight to the heart of complex power-struggles that shape our ever evolving and fractured world.

Up for the challenge but not sure where to start? Hopefully, my 11 interesting topics will provide you with some food for thought:

  • Obama and Castro – Many commentators say that the historic agreements made between the US and Cuban presidents will be the defining moment in Obama’s presidency. Explore the far-reaching implications for this monumental thawing in relations. Will a Republican president in 2016 destroy the relationship?
  • Tsipras and Merkel – Explore the dynamic between the new Greek Prime Minister and the German Chancellor. Does Greece have a point when it claims that Germany owes them billions in compensation from the Second World War?
  • Is the Eurozone about to implode? Even though things have calmed down a little since Tsipras’s election, a disorderly Greek exit from the Eurozone is still a possibility. A Conservative government in the U.K. has pledged to hold an in-out referendum if reelected in May 2015. There is a strong possibility that the British electorate could throw caution to the wind and vote to leave. Explore the consequences of both countries exiting. Would this signal the beginning of the end?
  • The U.S. Presidential elections seem set to be a straight contest between two political dynasties: Clinton vs. Bush. Clearly, Clinton being elected would be a historic moment but would either of these candidates really be able to cast off the shadows of the past. Or is America just destined for more of the same?
  • Explore the hypothetical scenario of Clinton being elected as the first female president of the United States of America. How would that play out in the Middle East where attitudes to women are very different to what they are in the Western world? Will Clinton be forced to take a more aggressive stance just to prove that she has what it takes?
  • The Scottish National Party looks as though it might hold the balance of power in the U.K. General Election in May 2015. Apart from Scottish Independence their primary goal is the removal of Trident. If the Labour party were forced to go along with this in order to be able to form a government, what would be the consequences?
  • Explore the present state of the “Special Relationship” between the U.S. and U.K. Both countries have elections looming and there are a myriad of electoral possibilities within the U.K. Could the relationship withstand any reduction in the U.K’s nuclear capabilities?
  • Explore the deteriorating relationship between Russia and the West. With particular emphasis on Russia and the U.K.
  • Is the West placing too much time, focus on ISIS and ignoring the plight of African nations facing the scourge of Boko Haram?
  • Explore the Australian and Canadian response to terror attacks in their countries and how this affects the international fight against terror.
  • Examine how the anti-immigration sentiment is affecting relations with countries such as the U.K. and Poland.

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