In a couple of months it is time to start writing a long and complicated essay about... yes, that's the question, what? This is what we know:
- it has to be related to the European Union.
- I want to include Poland and/or Russia in the equation, possibly the Balkans as well.
Ideas in whichever order they pop up into my head:
A comparative study of the post communist countries and European integration (e.g. Poland, Russia and Croatia)
+ has the potential to be really interesting
+ should be easy to find material
+ directly linked to various kinds of EU foreign policy
- would cover a EU member, a potential member and a country with absolutely no interest in joining
- comparative politics is booooooring and it has always been my weakest subject
- the topic might be too wide; would be necessary to get the focus absolutely right
The relations between Poland and Russia in a European Framework
+ The relationship between Poland and Russia has always been very explosive and with Poland being a member of both NATO and the EU, Russia is far from satisfied.
- There is a danger that the EU is forgotten if I concentrate too much on Poland and Russia
Between Europe and Russia: the Future of the "Buffer States": Belarus, Ukraine and Southern Caucasus
+ Southern Caucasus is not completely unknown territory after my BA dissertation
+ There is definitely action in the area, and although none of them are EU members yet, these countries will be very important in the future relations between Russia and Europe.
- Risk of assumptions of the future instead of reality based on facts
6 Years later: Poland in the European Union
+ should be quite easy to find material
+ I would get the chance to concentrate on a country that interests me a lot
+ It would be easy to limit the topic...
- probably a lot of little details, boring?