internatioanl relations and world politics

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TCPS 204 Module Title: International relations and world politics        

Karleigh Antell

Student number: 10051990

Discussion Paper - (1500 Words)

This discussion paper will be based on examining the different political systems and how they are changing to meet global pressures. There are many causes worldwide which cause conflicts, these can include examples such as; religion, land and economics. These conflicts therefore end up having some kind of impact on Human Rights in countries and surrounding countries.

The topic which has been chosen for the discussion paper is based upon religion. This issue has been a well known conflict in many countries, such as; Bosnia, India, Jerusalem, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, the World Trade Centre and in Iraq.

Definition of religious war -”A religious war is a war justified by religious differences. It can involve one state with an established religion against another state with a different religion or a different sector within the same religion, or a religiously motivated group attempting to spread its faith by violence, or to suppress another group because of its religious beliefs or practices“.

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Northern Ireland and the Religious Conflicts – The nature of the religious conflict is between two communities known as Catholic and Protestant. Much of the conflict in Northern Ireland can be explained by the unstable balance of power between the two groups and the vulnerability this causes. 

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Northern Ireland has a population of 1,577,836.  Of these, 605,639 are Catholic, 788,136 are other religions, mostly Protestant and 174,061 are none or did not state.

(The Northern Ireland Census, 1991)  

This gives a rough guide to the size of the communities within Ireland. Since the 12th Century constant disagreements challenged the British on Ireland. It later led a chain of events leading to civil war and the separation of the country. In the south of Ireland, 26 counties formed a separate state, while six counties in the north stayed within the UK.

Over the following decades ...

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