Category Archives: International Development & Humanitarian Assistance

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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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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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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Attacks on Education: Approaches to improving safe access to education and the psychosocial well-being of children in Syria

Author: Julie Meier, October 2019.

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“While schools are meant to be safe learning spaces, the right to education is often compromised during times of conflict (“What Schools Can Do” 3). In Syria, attacks on education not only prevent children from receiving the education to which they are entitled, but such attacks also severely affect their psychosocial well-being.”

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No Paradise for Refugees in the Caribbean: The Challenges Faced by Venezuelan Refugees in Trinidad and Tobago

Author: Milene Carvalho, 2019.


“Trinidad and Tobago, located by just 6.8 miles (11km) from the Venezuelan coast, has received the highest number of refugees in the region, with approximately 60,000 Venezuelans reaching the country of 1.3 million people (Otis). Despite the high number of arrivals, Trinidad and Tobago has been failing to provide legal protection to Venezuelans, leaving them in a legal limbo and vulnerable to exploitation and abuse…”
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How Local Responses to Humanitarian Emergencies Can Save Lives: Local CSOs and NGOs Step in to Fill Critical Humanitarian Response Gaps Left by the Greek Government

Author: Julie Meier, 2019.

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“When the rapid influx of over 800,000 refugees to Greece occurred in 2015 (“UNHCR Greece Portal”), the Greek government was unable to respond appropriately to the unfolding humanitarian crisis that is still prevalent today. A governmental, or comprehensive formal international humanitarian response was completely absent at the beginning and height of the refugee emergency…”
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Cell Phone Use and Women’s Financial Inclusion: A Statistical Analysis

Author: Dillan Jacobson, 2019.

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“This study examines the relationship between women’s use of cellphones and the level of financial inclusion of women in a country; specifically, whether the level of financial inclusion of women in a country is affected by women’s use of cellphones.”
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Gender Inclusivity & DDR in Colombia: Recommendations for Achieving Women’s Empowerment and Sustainable Peace

Author: Michelle Dolinar, 2019.

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“In the context of Colombia, many child soldiers of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC) rebel group were processed through DDR facilities. Despite a concerted effort to disarm and demobilize child soldiers from the FARC and other armed opposition groups, the current failure of the DDR programs to reintegrate children is having lasting effects on peace building
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Feminist Foreign Policy – An Unhappy Marriage?

Author: Elizabeth James, 2019.


“Using Sweden and Canada as case studies, this article will explore the character of feminist foreign policy to date, the broader implications of shaping a transformative approach to policymaking, and the inherent contradictions of heteronormative masculine states enacting gender radical governance.”
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South African Democracy: Progression or Regression?

Author: Colin O’Brien, 2019.


“South Africa’s democracy was adopted before the country had addressed its development needs, making it an incredible feat to have sustained its core democratic principles since 1994. However, with enduring dire social and economic challenges amidst successive political instability and corruption, South Africa’s democracy appears to be on the brink of regression.”
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