The following are abstracts of projects by seniors in international studies.
The current bloody events in Iraq and Syria have brought the issue of global terrorism to the forefront of policy and academic debates. Even though most people do not deny that the acts committed by ISIS are terrorist acts, the jargon associated with the religious dynamic of this phenomenon has stirred up much debate. A major question that ISIS behavior raises is whether it is proper and accurate to describe ISIS violence as "Islamic Terrorism" when violence committed by other faith groups is simply labeled as “terrorism”?
In this research paper, I will first explain why this question is so relevant to us today. Former U.S. president Barack Obama shied away from pairing the words “Islam” and “terrorism” when discussing the actions of ISIS, whereas others, such as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the American President Donald Trump, insist on using religious labels, such as Islamic extremism to characterize violence committed in the name of Islam. In this paper, I will first examine the religious legitimacy of what ISIS says about themselves and their actions, and then I will assess similar violent religious organizations within Buddhism and Judaism and how their violence is characterized by policy makers and academics.
My research shows that it is accurate to describe ISIS as Islamic terrorism but that fairness also requires that we use similar labels to describe violence committed in the name of other faiths.
My paper will examine how legal pluralism in post-colonial Kenya has impacted women's issues. Legal pluralism in colonized Africa developed as a result of colonial imposition of formal laws alongside existing customary tribal laws. The dualistic legal system in post-colonial Kenya impacts gender relations regarding marriage, divorce, child custody, and land ownership.
The paper is a case study analyzing the legal systems in Kenya, a liberated British colony. Clashes between formally imposed laws from international bodies like the UN and traditional tribal customs pose a challenge to the advancement of women’s rights in ex-British colonies like Kenya.
My paper explores the impact baseball sports game had on Latin American countries and communities.
I also examine the impact that Latin American players themselves had on baseball in the U.S.
I will be analyzing Major League Baseball players who come from Latin American countries and I will secondary sources, biographies, and interviews of baseball players to write this paper.
My research focuses on the rise of Islamophobia and its effects in the United States and Europe. I specifically ask how Islamophobia has contributed to the rise in the popularity of right wing parties and politicians in the United States and Europe.
I will conduct a comparative case study of the United States, France, and the Netherlands focusing on the cultural and political changes each country has experienced since 9/11/2001. I argue that Islamophobia became a convenient tool used by right wing parties to appeal to the public and to gain more votes. By being openly Islamophobic these right wing candidates/politicians/parties have succeeded in ‘mainstreaming’ Islamophobia.
My paper focuses on academic stress in China. Specifically, I ask “why do students in the Chinese school system feel more academically stressed compared to other Asian nations’ school systems?”
My research aims at locating the root cause(s) of this phenomenon. I will explore this question by comparing the Chinese case to those of Japan and India.
My main objective is not only to determine the roots causes of the Chinese educational policies but also to explore the long and short term effects of academic stress on China and its place in the world.
Female Genital Mutilation continues to be a procedure performed on girls in several African countries.
Even though many governments have legislated against such procedures, the practice is still popular and regularly performed. Despite all the health issues and the high volume of deaths associated with FGM, it still continues today. This clearly shows that the procedure is a cultural norm and the fight against it needs to be more systematic and focused.
My paper aims at explaining why this practice is still popular today and what we should do to stop it.
Vatican II Council is known for bringing major changes into the Catholic Church. In this paper I ask “How has Vatican II Council changed the Catholic Church’s view of war and peace?”
Using a discourse/text analysis, I examine the writings of St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Thomas Merton to explore the changes that the Vatican II Council brought about and to understand the Catholic Church attitudes regarding the Just War Theory. I will finally examine the role of the Holy See in international affairs by analyzing the present day views of the Church as expressed by Pope Francis.
My paper is a comparative study of the rise of populism in the United States, Sweden, and Hungary and its effects on the Syrian refugee crisis. I specifically ask how has the rise of populism shaped government policies towards the Syrian refugees.
I will use comparative case studies to explore this policy question by process tracing the changes in refugee policies in the three countries from the start of the Syrian crisis till the present. The rising alt-right groups in those countries (and in others as well) framed the humanitarian question of refugees as an ethnic, religious and national security threat, which in turn led to hardening of refugee policies. Consequently, physical borders are being built and refugee policies are being put in place to preserve ethnic homogeneity and national security.
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