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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2016

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Opportunity and Empowerment in Female Prison Reentry in Wooster, OH, Zoe E. Cunningham-Cook
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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The Schools of Choice: An Evolutionary History of Charter Schools and the Charter School Movement, Sheamus G. Dalton
Department: History

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Investigating the Combined Effects of Relevant Environmental Contaminants Lead, Cadmium, and Fluoxetine, on the Behavior and Gene Expression of C. elegans., Anna R. Damato
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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Effects of Heterospecific Male Presence on Generalized Activity and Reproductively-Associated Behavior in Aedes aegypti Females, Laura B. Darby
Department: Biology

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An Investigation of Effective Methods to Form and Hydrolyze H-Phosphonate Diester Bonds for a Nucleophilic Acyl Substitution Reaction, Albert J. Darling
Department: Chemistry

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The Partial Characterization of a Monooxygenase in Bacillus niacini, Morgan A. Dasovich
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Analysis of Bioaccumulation and Sublethal Toxic Effects in Eisenia fetida, Lactuca sativa, and Arabidopsis thaliana Following Antidepressant Exposure, Rachael S. Davis
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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All The Help We Can Get:The Effects of Mentoring on Women's Career Success in the American Political Arena, Emily Dean-McKinney
Department: Political Science; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Applying Academic Research on the Importance of a Small Retail Business's Location to Construct a Business Plan for the Entrepreneurial Venture Deerhaus Decor LLC, Benjamin Deering
Department: Economics; Business Economics; Interdepartmental

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Making and Mindfulness: How Process-Oriented Tasks Encourage Reflection and Lead to Recovery, Devin DeLaney
Department: Art and Art History

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Stimulating Encapsulated Fragrance Release by Malodor Absorption, Andrea Michelle DeMarsh
Department: Chemistry

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The Effects of Chronic Mild Stress and Duloxetine on Learning and Memory, Alexandra Desotelle
Department: Neuroscience

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Got milk? An In-Depth Analysis of Community Water Fluoridation and a Chemical Investigation of Fluoridated Milk as an Alternative to Fluoridated Water, Shikha Dharia
Department: Biology; Chemistry; Interdepartmental

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Home Is Where…? : A Visual And Textual Exploration Of Home, Nostalgia, And Persona, Dallas K M Dickey
Department: Art and Art History; English

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"Looking Westward?": An Independent Study on China's Grand Strategy Shift, Feng Ding
Department: International Relations; Political Science

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Optimal Placement of Family Planning Centers, Kiera Dobbs
Department: Mathematics

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Gracias a La Casa Mono, progreso: A critical analysis of sustainable tourism in Nicaragua, Cullen T. Dolson
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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"The Word Is Hula": An Exploration of the Use of Hula in Christian Churches on Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi, Emily Donato
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; Theatre and Dance

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Laying the Groundwork for Illuminating the Relationship Between Structure and Catalytic Efficiency in Phz O, a Phenazine Biosynthesis Enzyme, Leslie A. Doone
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Placing the International Criminal Court on Trial: a Jus Cogens Theory of Procedural Due Process Peremptory Norms at the International Criminal Court, Alexander P. Downs
Department: Philosophy; Political Science

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Impact of medium, ambient environment, and surface on the UV-induced degradation of carmine lake, Erin Drake
Department: Chemistry

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George Harrison As He Is, Samuel H. Easterday
Department: Religious Studies

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Are You Sure You're in the Right Classroom: Researching the Lack of Women in Computer Science; Workshop and Website Creation Designed to Encourage Women in Computer Science, Catherine G. Eckbold
Department: Computer Science

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The Political Voice of Tupac Shakur: Lyrical Rhetoric on Black Nationalism, Patrick C. Edson
Department: Communication

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Policies and Clinical Practices Regarding Candidacy and Auditory Treatment for Hispanic Pediatric Patients in Cochlear Implant Centers in the United States, Matthew Ehrenburg
Department: Communication; Spanish

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We All Fall Down, How Do We Get Up? (Re)integration for Patients 18 to 25 Years Old With Traumatic Brain Injury, Flinn Bingham Esselstyn
Department: Communication

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The Scholar, the Teacher, the Saint: The Life, Work, and Nonviolent Philosophy of James M. Lawson, Jr., Kristen Estabrook
Department: History; Religious Studies

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An Analysis of the Motivations Behind Self-Disclosure on Social Networking Sites, Anastasia Etienne
Department: Communication

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Characterization of Long Non-Coding RNA Expression During Low Temperature Stress in Arabidopsis thaliana: Exploring the Implications of Targeting lncRNA for Improved Plant Growth, Ellyn Evans
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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The Motion Picture Industry: An Analysis of the Factors that Impact Box Office Performance, Christopher Fafalios GP Fafalios
Department: Business Economics

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The Effects of Bilingualism on Attention and Task-Switching, Quintyn M. Fazio
Department: Neuroscience

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The Effects of Bilingualism on Attention and Task-Switching, Quintyn M. Fazio
Department: Neuroscience

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To Consume or Not To Consume: A Study on Multivitamin Supplements, Michael A. Ferris
Department: Business Economics

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Control, Alt, Delete Cyberbullying: A Quantitative Analysis of Bystander Behavior in Cyberbullying Situations, Kasey M. Fiedler
Department: Communication

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Evaluation of Polysilsesquioxane Materials as a Solid-State Electrolyte Matrix in Lithium-Ion Batteries, Jackson M. Fielder
Department: Chemistry

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I've Earned It: An Attentional Shift to Rewards Following Self-Regulation, Jennifer Filak
Department: Psychology

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Fuerzas narrativas femeninas en El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha, Margaret Fishback
Department: Spanish

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Bailed Out, Marc S. Flamer
Department: Political Science

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Mental Toughness in the Workplace: An Examination of Athletes and Performers, Nicholas M. Flannery
Department: Psychology

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“You Can’t Change What You Were”: Liminality and the Process of Role Exit Among Former Amish, Kathryn Foster
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Beauty, Brains, But When The Beat Drops...: An Examination Of College Ages Women's Uses and Rationalizations of Misogynistic Rap Music, Nariah Francis
Department: Communication

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Learning Beyond the Screen: Assessing the Impact of Reflective Artificial Intelligence Technology on the Development of Emergent Literacy Skills, Abigail L. Frank
Department: Communication; Education

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The Happiness Regime: A Feminist Critique of Positive Psychology, Sarah R. Freeman
Department: Psychology; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Bees in the Trap: A Mathematical Approach to Modeling the Mutualism between Flowering Plants and Honey Bees, Katelyn R. French
Department: Mathematics

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Improving Oral Health Behaviors: Effects of Personality, Message Framing, and Self-Regulating Strategies, Samantha J. Gaeta
Department: Psychology

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SO MANY AROUND THE TABLE: THE MULTIPLICITY OF NARRATIVES WITHIN THE MYTH OF “THE POOR”, Danielle D. Gagnon
Department: English

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Learned Resilience: A Cognitive Attribution Approach to the Development of Resilience, Anjela J. Galimberti
Department: Psychology

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Hitting The Mother Lode: Exploring the Traditional Ideals of Motherhood Through a Feminist Narrative Criticism in The Fosters, Katheriner E.S. Gallagher
Department: Communication

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The Yushukan: Historical Memory at the Yasukuni Shrine War Memorial, Melissa E. Garcia de la Noceda
Department: East Asian Studies

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We are PBS Kids: Influence of Educational Programming and Parental Involvement on Children's Desire to Learn, Julia A. Garcia
Department: Psychology

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The Impacts of Sleep Deprivation on the Immune System and Vaccination Effectiveness, Samuel R. Gardner
Department: Biology

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Buildiing a Setup to Investigate Reaction-Diffusion-Advection Systems, Mitchell S. Gavin
Department: Physics

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Shooters vs Goalies: Analyzing Shootouts in the NHL with Game Theory, Jeffrey W. Giegold
Department: Mathematics

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The Hero, Villain, Martyr, and Terrorist: John Brown and his Portrayal throughout History, Joseph R. Gilmore
Department: History

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The Elucidation of a Mechanism for Malonic Acid Photooxidation in Aqueous Solution, Nathan J. Gimble
Department: Chemistry

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Muzzled and Mutilated: The Commodification of Black Women in Alice Walker’s In Love and Trouble and Ann Petry’s The Street and their Artful Escape from the Patriarchal System, Seonna Gittens
Department: English

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The Saints of the Gridiron and Pro Football Pilgrimage: An Analysis of the Role of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in American Culture, Michelle Glazer
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Leadership Style Matters, But Does Gender?: A Study of Women Exectuive Heads of International Organizations, Savannah Glidewell
Department: Political Science

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Can the Herb Really Heal the Nation: The Effect of Medical Marijuana Legalization on the Opioid Epidemic, Kathleen J. Glowacki
Department: Economics

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Perejil and Prejudice: A Theoretical and Historical Investigation of the Relationship between Haitians and Dominicans in the Dominican Republic, Ahlon A. Gonzalez
Department: Africana Studies

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The Presentational Self and Relational Identity in the Age of the Internet: A Quantitative Analysis of Satisfaction's Role in Relational Identity Depiction on Facebook, Maria Kristina Gonzalez
Department: Communication

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Examining the Role of Personality and Parenting Styles on Risky Sexual Behavior, Rozalyn C. Gordon
Department: Psychology

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The Interactions of Oxytocin and Maternal Separation on Anxiety and Depression in Rodents, Marissa Gorvet
Department: Biology

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From "The Bear" to "The Ball Coach": The Evolution of College Football Coaches from 1945-2015, Daniel S. Gorzynski
Department: History

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Period Doubling in Bubbling from a Submerged Nozzle, Laura Grace
Department: Physics

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From Coexistence to Cooperation, Thomas A. Granowitz
Department: Religious Studies

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Preliminary investigation of Caenorhabditis elegans arginine kinase phosphorylation by AMPK, Andrew H. Greene
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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The Lady in Red: Fashion and Femininity in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia 1922-2000, Katarina J. Greenslade
Department: Russian Studies

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A Comparison of Adult Input During Shared Book Reading to Preschool Aged Children While Reading A Traditional Print Book Versus an Electronic Book, Sydney M. Grier
Department: Communication

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The Ineffability of Nothingness, Melissa M. Griffith
Department: Mathematics; Philosophy

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Behavioral Impacts of Antidepressant Exposure on Red Worm Eisenia Fetida and Northern Leopard Frog Lithobates Pipiens, Lucas R. Grisanti
Department: Biology

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Thoughts on Poetry, Alexandra B. Gustafson
Department: Philosophy

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The Tension Between Immanuel Kant's Ethical & Political Philosophies, Michael J. Gyeszat
Department: Philosophy; Political Science

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"Hello my name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die!" Messaging Effects on Support for Violent Non-state Actors, Alexandra D. Haines
Department: International Relations; Political Science

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Dungeons, Dunces, and Dragons: The Collapse of the Post-War American Family in the 1980s Satanism Scare, Nicolaus J. Hajek
Department: History

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There is No Return to Normalcy: How Warren G. Harding Addressed the Issue of Race Following the Great War, Brett J. Hall
Department: History

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Nonlinear Dynamics: Analysis of Stellar Data Sets, Colm C. Hall
Department: Physics

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Khrushchev’s Nuclear Gamble: Misjudgment, Rhetoric, and Cold War Politics in The Cuban Missile Crisis, Nicholas Halle
Department: History

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A Dynamical Systems Approach to Understanding Synergies Between Thyroid Cancer Mutations, Andrew R. Hamel
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Autocracy, Bad Policy, and Centralization: The ABCs Surrounding State Failure, Rebecca E. Hamilton
Department: International Relations

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A Comparison Among Primary Care Physicians, Speech-Language Pathologists, and Athletic Trainers on the Awareness of the Diagnostic Controversy that Presents Between Paradoxical Vocal Fold Motion and Asthma, Lauren K. Hancher
Department: Communication

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Hall of Fame Classification Using Logistic Regression Analysis, Robert P. Handloser
Department: Mathematics

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Investigating Blue Light Intensity in Tree Rings to Generate High-Sensitivity Summer Temperature Records for Southern Alaska., Madeline Happ
Department: Geology

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Forward Premium Puzzle: A Multi-Facted Time View, Divvya Haralalka
Department: Business Economics

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I Don't Trust Me and Neither Should You: A Collection of Comedic Essays, Michael Hatchett
Department: English

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No Laughing Matter: Medicine and Pregnancy in Giambattista Basile’s Tale of Tales, Greta Hayer
Department: History

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An Unlikely Hero: How Virginia Hall Became the Most Feared Allied Spy in Occupied France, and Why You've Never Heard of Her, Abigail C. Helvering
Department: History

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Are Democracies Truly "Bad" at Intelligence? An Analysis of Counterintelligence vs. Intelligence and State Structure, Abigail C. Helvering
Department: Political Science

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From Archives to Code: Gladys Fornell’s Montel, Tess A. Henthorne
Department: English

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Junts Pel Si: a Comparative Analysis of Independence Movements in Sub-state Regions, Ian M. Herrera
Department: Political Science

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Determining the Function of Rna Binding Protein Nab2 on Neurogenesis During the Development of Drosophila Melanogaster, Andrew Herst
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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The Motherhood Wage Penalty; an Empirical Investigation of Children's Impact on Mothers' Earnings, Yazan Herzallah
Department: Business Economics

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Inner-Ring Suburban Stability Through Regional Collaboration: A Case Study of the Cleveland and Chicago Metropolitan Areas, David Hirsh
Department: Urban Studies

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Synthetic Progress Towards the Production of Hydroxymethyl and Mercaptomethyl Salicylaldehyde Derivatives for use in Protein Chemical Synthesis, Conner A. Hoelzel
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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An Examination of Hybridization Between Echinacea angustifolia and Echinacea pallida: Examining Relative Rates of Hybridization and the Effect of Flowering Time, Kathleen Hogg
Department: Biology

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Analyzing Factors that Affect Commuter Mode Choice: ‘Can the Development of Viable Alternative Mode Choice and Proper Incentivization Lead to Lower Levels of Automobile Commuting?’ Case Study: Washington-Arlington-Alexandria Metropolitan Statistical Area, Alexander W. Hohl
Department: Urban Studies

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To All Who Come to This Happy Place: An Exploration of Hearing Assistive Technology and Accomodations at U.S. Theme Parks, Logan L. Honea
Department: Communication

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The Effects of Voluntary Exercise and Omega-3 Supplementation on Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats, Haylie M. Honn
Department: Psychology

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The Effects of Skin Tone on Perceptions of Police Officers Among African Americans, Heather Ann Honn
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Towards What Kind of Peace? An Analysis of the European Union's Evolving Peace Toolbox, Alexander R. Hopkins
Department: International Relations