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GLOBALIZATION, INFORMATION, AND THE EVOLUTION OF POLITICAL RISK

Author: Peter Marber, March 2021

The changing quality and growing quantity of political risk is directly related to three distinct yet interconnected forces occurring in the last 50 years: the rise of globalization, the explosion of information, and the growing importance of, to use George Soros’s term, “reflexivity.”

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Trump Immigration Policy and the Biden Transition

Author: Trevor Johnson, November 2020

This paper examines and reflects on the Trump administration’s immigration policies and their impact. The piece concludes with recommendations to the newly elected Biden administration, on what must immediately be done to restore some semblance of integrity to the United States’ immigration system in order to continue to protect people in a manner which exceeds minimum standards of dignity and respect for human rights. 

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Impacts of Climate Change in Southeast Asia and Adaptation Measures in the Region

Author: Shenyi Chua, December 2020

“Several studies have assessed that SEA will face extreme climate change in the future, affecting both national and human security. As states across SEA are unique in terms of geographical location, political, economic, and cultural traits, each Asian state will experience the impact of climate change differently, depending on the nature of the threat faced and the resilience abilities of each state.”
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Evaluating Development Assistance: Comparing the Goals and Effectiveness of the Foreign Aid Policies of Japan to Asia and the EU to Sub-Saharan Africa

Author: Iman Ahmed, December 2020

“Development aid effects are difficult to quantify and the metrics that have been employed so far suggest that there is much work left to be done in terms of alleviating poverty and ensuring the rights of the poor. Although over time both models conformed to global trends, the Japanese and EU aid models originated out of different historical power dynamics.”
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The Influence of Strongman Aleksander Vucic

Authors: Gigi Manukyan, November 2020

“As the COVID-19 pandemic rages through the world and governments struggle to keep up with its destructive effects, the Iron Curtain’s faulty experimentation with democracy finds itself exposed. As turmoil flames through the Balkans, old unresolved conflicts continue to emerge—and this time, unlike in the 1990s, the West is nowhere to be found. But the question remains: is the region once again headed for war?”
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Making Over the Moudawana: Legal Reform and Women’s Rights in Morocco

Author: Alonna Despain, November 2020.

“Looking at Morocco as a case study helps illuminate a clear example of Islam as a progressive and adaptive line of thought, which is more than capable of egalitarian interpretations. Furthermore, this case has the possibility of being a model for other countries and situations moving forward on making more inclusive reforms and progression towards gender equality.”
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Water, Women and El Salvador: The Struggle and How to Help

Author: Jessica Lobo, May 2020.

“Salvadorans have created a General Water Law that would include a legal provision of the Human Right to Water in their constitution. This law explicitly acknowledges the gendered aspect of water and calls for open participation (Legislative Assembly of the Republic of El Salvador). Nonetheless, there is still a long way to go for women, water, and water management in El Salvador. The law has yet to be ratified by the Salvadoran government, and therefore, issues between women and water persist despite an awareness of the issue (Gies).”

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Constructing Space: A Study of Power Arrangements in Space Developments

Author: DeLaine Mayer, April 2020.

“Space exploration and associated research initiatives do have important positive effects societally and culturally, including the development of multi-modal technologies, job creation, and nationalized or globalized realizations of human progress. However, economies of space exploration and resource utilization will replicate traditional power structures seen in historic environmental geopolitical arrangements unless those implicit in constructing New Space develop new arrangements.”

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Public vs. Private: An Analysis of Women’s Workforce Participation In the United Arab Emirates

Author: Nicole Smith, April 2020.

“The UAE government has made continued efforts to further strengthen and expand upon the opportunities afforded to women within the country’s public sector. Yet, for the government to achieve its National Agenda 2021, which aims to transition the country from a resource-based to a knowledge-based economy, a focus on the private sector and women’s participation within it is critical.”

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