The dissertation proposal focuses on an interesting and timely topic of research. The proposed structure is clear and provides a good level of detail about certain proposed sections of the dissertation — such as methodology, etc.
An element of the proposal which is weaker and requires further attention in the actual dissertation itself is that literature review and the theoretical framework of the study:
– More needs to be elaborated on in terms of what you mean by ‘effectiveness’ of sanctions. Effective in what sense?
– As the dissertation question frames sanctions in terms of a foreign policy tool, you need to elaborate on the literature and the theoretical discussion surrounding this notion: how and why sanctions are used as an instrument of foreign policy. We discussed some of these during our first dissertation meeting — for example, the concepts of coercion and consent, etc.
– As such, your literature review should cover not only Iran, but also the literature on the role of sanctions in foreign policy in general.
A good level of detail has been provided on your methodology and research design. This is great and as long as you can find all the resources and data that you are referring to then this should make for a very interesting dissertation material.
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