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February 2, 2012 | MA Thesis: Understanding Change in Brazil's Foreign Policy

Albert Buyé Grau: This dissertation seeks to demonstrate that Brazil's foreign policy changed during the period between 1990 and 2010 because of the country's adoption of a consensual hegemonic strategy in South America. This was pursued in order to become a global power. ...More

January 24, 2012 | MA Thesis: Operation Atalanta: A Rational Choice Approach

Ravi Sodha: This paper will analyse why Operation Atalanta is still operational in its current form when opinion seems to argue against it. It answers this question with a set of empirical data viewed through the lenses of the rational choice approach, the institutional explanation, and constructivism. ...More

TopicJanuary 17, 2012 | Think Tank Analysis: Turkey as a NATO Partner: Reality vs. Rhetoric

Yurter Ozcan: The Turkish government uses an often negative rhetoric vis-à-vis Turkey’s NATO membership that correlates with public opinion towards the United States. Yet these trends are at odds with the major decisions that the governing party has made, which instead point towards a growing cooperation with NATO partners. ...More

January 5, 2012 | MA Thesis: Ensuring Energy Security with the Eastern Partnership

Rahim Yusif Rahimov: The vast energy resources of Central Asia have led to a growing competition between Russia, who views the region as within its rightful sphere of influence, and Western nations. To ensure the security of its energy resources, the EU should use its Eastern Partnership to downplay both the NATO and Russian military presence in the region. ...More

January 5, 2012 | MA Thesis: Internet in the Post-Soviet Space

Alex Rubin: The Western view that the Internet represents a unique force for opposition activists under undemocratic rule is too simplistic. While individuals can utilize such technology to challenge the status quo, this study focuses on how regimes, specifically in Russia and Belarus are quite capable of neutralizing online activity through a variety of techniques. ...More

TopicJanuary 5, 2012 | Term Paper: Afghanistan's Uncertain Future

Reza Kateb: Ten years after the Afghanistan intervention, Afghani civil society and state infrastructure is still quite weak; significant challenges include imposing a rule of law, tackling the drug economy, and rampant government corruption. To stabilize Afghanistan, the US and its allies should encourage regional partnerships that form economic and political ties between Afghanistan and its neighbors. ...More

TopicDecember 15, 2011 | MA Thesis: Understanding and Controlling Police Corruption in Afghanistan

Niamatullah Sayer Sharifi: The Transparency International Corruption Perception Index has ranked Afghanistan dead last two years in a low. This paper attempts to find out where all this corrupt practice occurs and what are the ways to reduce corrupt practices in Afghanistan, particularly in the Afghan National Police. ...More

December 8, 2011 | Think Tank Analysis: Favelas on Fire: Rio's Urban Civil War - A Conflict Assessment

Marcella Marucci: With the opportunity to substantiate Brazil’s emergence as a global leader, Rio and Brazil must get their security situation under control, not only are lives of its citizens at stake, but so is Brazil’s standing as a competent and reliable actor in world affairs. ...More

December 1, 2011 | MA Thesis: Human Security in the 21st Century

Rachel Anne Carlill: Globalization has prompted the diversification of security threats and the hegemonic realist security paradigm is ill-equipped to address them. By adopting the human security framework, the individual rather than the state may by prioritized in security analysis. ...More

November 23, 2011 | MA Thesis: Pillar or Pole? NATO, CSDP, and the Transatlantic Relationship

Jordan Becker: The European security community must decide whether they want to exist as one part of an overall transatlantic security identity or to project power independent of NATO. Further EU defense integration can only occur when these two notions have been reconciled. ...More


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