Extended Essay on Global Politics

9 maj 2022, kl. 12:29

William Piras attends the IB-programme and has written his extended essay on global politics and The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

William Piras lived the first 14 years of his life in Belgium and then moved to Sweden with his father who is from the French speaking part of Canada and Swedish speaking mother from Finland. He likes the IB since it is in English and is allowed to pick a lot of subjects related to politics which interests him a lot. “Through the IB I have found some great books to read”, William says and continues to tell us about his essay:

“The extended essay is something you work on for over a year and so you have a lot of time to finish it. However, it is up to you to do it but if you utilize your supervisor and use the student examples available you will have a good chance to receive a good grade.

I wrote about whether Armenia or Azerbaijan has a more legitimate territorial claim of sovereignty over the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. According to the United Nations it is legally part of Azerbaijan but it was independent in practice until recently and it considers itself Armenian or independent.

What I found when writing the essay is that using the theories that both from an international law perspective and from a power perspective Azerbaijan has the right to Nagorno-Karabakh because according to international law almost all countries recognize Nagorno-Karabakh as part of Azerbaijan. And Armenia disputes this because this is historically a decision coming back to the Soviet Union so they don't consider that legitimate. The realist theory which talks about power says that Azerbaijan in recent years has become more powerful because they have oil so they built up their military a lot. They won the second Nagorno-Karabakh war against Armenia and have used force to show that they are rightfully in control of Nagorno-Karabakh”.

In the future William wants to study history in the Netherlands to be a historian who writes books and get a doctorate degree in history.

International Baccalaureate