The full text of Senior Independent Study Theses submitted during and after 2012 are available to download only by College of Wooster users. Unless listed as an exemplar, all other theses are restricted.

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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2017

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The Femme Fatal: How do Different Gendered Messaging Techniques Impact Public's Attitudes Towards Perceived Threat of a Female Terrorist?, Haley C. Davis
Department: International Relations

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To Protect and Serve: Homicide Rates and Policing Policies in Central America, Michaela J. McNaughton
Department: International Relations

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Gods of War: The Impact of Religion on the Human Cost of Civil Wars, Eric Nolin
Department: International Relations

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When it Rains it Pours: A Comparative Case Study of the Relationship between Climate Variability and State Security in the West African Sahel, Aleksi M. Pelkonen
Department: International Relations

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Running in Place: The United States War on Drugs in Colombia (1960-2003), Aidan N. Prien
Department: International Relations; History

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Gods and Guns: Examining the Effects of Shared Religious Plurality on Military Expinditure, Marco A. Sapien
Department: International Relations; Political Science

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Where are you from and why are you here?: A Study of Negative Racial and Ethnic Stereotypes' Effect on Public Support for Syrian Refugees', Sarah C. Strum
Department: International Relations

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Economics under Fire: Understanding GDP and HDI through Social Capital and its Relationship with Noteworthy Intra-State Conflicts, Samuel T. Waters
Department: Economics; International Relations

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Politics of the Apolitical: A Study of Operational Autonomy and International Non-Governmental Oganizations (INGOs), Rachel Wilson
Department: International Relations

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2016

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

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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

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Revolutions and Volcanic Disturbances: Newspaper Conceptualizations of US-Latin American Foreign Policy in the 20th Century, Zachary Jenkins
Department: International Relations

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SELLING THE WAR: A STUDY OF THE EFFECTS OF PRESIDENTIAL PRIMING ON CASUALTY SENSITIVITY AND PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR THE IRAQ WAR, Victoria M. Salemme
Department: International Relations

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Just Let Them Move: Refugee Economic Integration and Conflict Spillover, Mohammad Sarhan
Department: International Relations

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China-Taiwan Relations: The Persistent Deadlock Amid Cycles of Stability and Change, Jordan E. Shremshock
Department: International Relations

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The Effect of Charismatic Leadership Style On The Levels of Support for Self-Determination Movements, Marco Vinicio Zuniga Lopez
Department: International Relations; Political Science

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2015

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"Nie Wieder...Was?": An Analysis of German Foreign Policy During the First Gulf War and the Bosnian Civil War Using Role Theory, William D. Bolte
Department: German Studies; International Relations

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Should I Gamble in my Foreign Language? An Investigation of Language Effect on Decision Making Process, Dang Khoa Ngoc Dao
Department: International Relations; Psychology

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To Intervene or Not to Intervene? Explaining Third-Party State Intervention in Civil Wars, Simon Doong
Department: International Relations

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Assessing the Relationship Between Al-Qaeda Central and Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula: Before and After bin Laden, Ashley J. Huddson
Department: International Relations

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The Role of Political Culture in Understanding Inconsistencies between International and Domestic Privacy Law in France and the United States, Mallory Kruper
Department: French and Francophone Studies; International Relations

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How to Run a Successful and Ethical Intervention into Genocide, Benjamin M. Peters
Department: International Relations; Philosophy

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The Political Business Cycle and Trade Policy Formation: How Do Electoral Incentives Impact Trade Policy?, Lincoln Plews
Department: International Relations

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The Modern Hydra: Assessing Counterinsurgency Success and Failure, Kimberly E. Seidell
Department: International Relations

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The Cool Kids at School: A Comparative Analysis of Native Education Policies and the Rise of the African Elite in Colonial Senegal and Kenya, Stephanie C. Sparrow
Department: International Relations; History

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The Big Bomb Theory: Using Neoclassical Realism to Understand the Obama Administration's Nuclear Strategy, Shelby Stone
Department: International Relations

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'You Are Who We Say You Are': The Politics of Ethnicity in Post-Genocidal Rwanda and Bosnia-Herzegovina, Stephanie A. Sugars
Department: International Relations; Sociology and Anthropology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2014

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Ideology Over Interest: French Foreign Policy Under de Gaulle, Katherine A. Carwile
Department: International Relations

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Too Violent To Succeed? A Quantitative Analysis of the Effects of Categorical Terrorism on Armed Non-State Actor Success in Civil War, Douglas Chapman
Department: International Relations

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It's Not You, It's Me: The Effect of Nationalist Movement Leadership Style on the Decision to Secede, Leigh C. Huffman
Department: International Relations

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Why Did South Korea and Japan Not Pursue Nuclear Weapons after the 2006 North Korean Nuclear Test?, Naman Jain
Department: International Relations

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Determinants of Internet Censorship in the PRC: The Cases of Tiananmen, Charter 08, and Zhixian Party, Susie Ko
Department: Political Science; International Relations; Chinese Studies

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"The Federation of the World": Examining the Ideological Influences on the Charter of the United Nations, Adam M. Levin
Department: International Relations; Political Science

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An Analysis of the Modern Social State, Karlena G. Luz
Department: International Relations

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Human Capital and Growth: An Examination into Education and the Role of Political Institutions in Fostering Economic Growth, Mary C. McClain
Department: International Relations

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Answering the Kurdish Question: State Discriminatory Policies and the Kurdish Reaction, Valerie B. McVey
Department: International Relations

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International Intervention in Time of Crisis: Explaining the Motives Behind the Selectivity of States' Actions, Claire M. O'Malley
Department: International Relations; Political Science

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To Host or Not to Host? The Effects of Countries Hosting the Mega-Events, Suvi Puripattarapan
Department: International Relations

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The Impacts of U.S. Economic and Military Aid on Human Rights Violations in Cold War Latin America, Julie M. Shuff
Department: International Relations; Spanish

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Judicial Institutions and Legalism Impact on Foreign Direct Investment Variation in Developing Countries, Paul B. Thomas
Department: International Relations

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Addressing the Gender Gap in Agriculture: An Analysis of the Impact of Agricultural Technology on Gender Inequality in Developing Economies, Mitik Zegeye
Department: Economics; International Relations

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2013

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Human Rights or Strategic Pragmatism: An Examination of Human Rights Organization Naming and United States Military Assistance, Maxwell Bent
Department: International Relations

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Mogadishu....We Have a Problem: How Decolonization Set Up the Democratic Republic of Somalia to Collapse, Rachel R. Craddolph
Department: History; International Relations

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Monitoring Theory Within Governmental Decision-Making: a Panel Data Analysis of Domestic Terrorism Between 1997 and 2008, Simon Kantor Ebbott
Department: International Relations

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Transnational Advocacy Networks and Human Rights Issue Emergence Amidst Internet Repression: a Case Study of Syria and Egypt, Kurt Eicher
Department: International Relations

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The Effects of the Norm of International Election Monitoring on Voters' Confidence Levels in Francophone West Africa's Presidential Elections 1990-2011, Lauren E. Gilliss
Department: International Relations

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A Hometown Approach to Homegrown Terrorism? A Comparative Case Study on Countering Violent Extremist Policy, Peter Hause
Department: International Relations

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Who Is Riding Shotgun? The Influence of Multinational Corporations on International Negotiation Outcomes, Isabelle Fourcroy Howes
Department: International Relations

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The Dao that can be Spoken is not the Eternal Dao: National Role Conceptions and the Effects on Chinese Foreign Policy Behavior, Adam Stephan Jankowski
Department: Chinese Studies; International Relations

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Protecting the Environment - Is it Worth it? An Assessment of International Environmental Agreements on Human Welfare, Stipo Josipovic
Department: International Relations

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The Process of Policy Formation During the Common Agricultural Policy Macsharry Reform: the Straight and Narrow Path Actors Follow to Escape a Political Rat's Nest, Colin K. McLaren
Department: French and Francophone Studies; International Relations

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The Evolution of International Sovereignty Norms and the Process of State-Level Norm Internalization, Katherine A. Mozynski
Department: International Relations; Political Science

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A Possible Cure For the Curse?: A Comparative Analysis of Democratic Institutions and Domestic Polices on the Economic Growth of Resource Dependent Countries, Patrick Schlick
Department: International Relations

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The Asian Tigers and Their Mothers: A Comparative Case Study of the Role of Culture at the Government and Societal Level in Determining Educational Success, Kathryn Shull
Department: International Relations

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Sino-African Relations: Various Media Perspectives and The Impact of Chinese FDI on African Inequality, Xiaochen Zhang
Department: Chinese Studies; International Relations

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2012

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Finding Peace Through Religious Difference: Healing the Wounds of Violent Conflict Through Interfaith Dialogue, Kristen J.E. Connors
Department: International Relations; Religious Studies

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Impacts of Military Expenditure Upon Economic Growth Under Varying Circumstances Through the Lenses of the Realist Paradigm and the Solow Growth Model, Castine L. Echanis
Department: International Relations

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Rift Valley Racers: a Study of the Cultural Causes of Kalenjin Distance Running Success From 1968 to the Present, Casey Green
Department: International Relations

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Corruption Eruption: a Comparative Analysis of Externally-Driven and Internally-Driven Anti-Corruption Policies in Sub-Saharan Africa, Kipaya Kapiga
Department: International Relations

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Lost in Translation: the Image of the American and the United States Through the Lens of Race in Postwar Divided Germany, 1945-1968., Naomi A. Milstein
Department: German Studies; International Relations

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Big Brothers and Barbarians: the Role of Images and Perceptions in Russia's Foreign Policy, Arielle Neu
Department: Russian Studies; International Relations

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Nations Under Attack: the Restructuring of Counter-Terrorism Policy in the Aftermath of a Major International Terrorist Incident, Kathrin Reed
Department: French and Francophone Studies; International Relations

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2011

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The New Scramble For Africa: An Explanation of the Differential Success of China and India in Entering the African Oil Industry, Benjamin Bestor
Department: International Relations

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The Economic, Political, and Social Consequences of the United States War on Drugs For Indigenous South Americans, Sarah Burpee
Department: International Relations

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Finding a New Home in Bulgaria: Achievements and Challenges in the National System For the Integration of Refugees 1993-2010, Stefka Katzarska
Department: International Relations

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Examining the Resource Curse: the Impact of Institutions on Economic Growth in Resource-Rich Countries, Mary Kennedy
Department: International Relations

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Engendering the Solow Growth Model: An Empirical Analysis of the Impacts of Female Human Capital and Female Labor Force Participation on Economic Growth, Marguerite McClain
Department: International Relations

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Why Countries Accept or Reject U.S. Drug Policy: a Study of International Pressure and Domestic Bases of Political Support, Benjamin Welbourn
Department: International Relations

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The Impact of Core Labor Standards on Economic Growth: Quantifying CLS and Why Democracy Matters, Cora Wigger
Department: International Relations

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2009

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The Implementation of Negotiated Settlements After Intrastate Wars, Whitney Elizabeth Louderback
Department: International Relations

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Local Receptions to Strangers in Our Cities: Municipal Policy Towards Latino Immigrants, Elyse T. Watkins
Department: International Relations

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Structural Adjustments Policies on Political Participation: a Central American Case Study Analysis, Nicholas Weiss
Department: International Relations

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2006

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Catalunya Y Euskadi: Modernization and Expression of Subnationalism in Spain, James C. Fisher
Department: International Relations

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2005

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Broken Landscapes, Divided Classes: a Portrait of Agrarian Reform and Its Effects on Rural Class Structure, Sarah Elizabeth Romorini
Department: International Relations; Political Science

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2004

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Sanctioning Murder and Engaging Authority: Affecting Change in the Human Rights Practices of Authoritarian Regimes Through Sanctions and Constructive Engagement, Nathan S. Collins
Department: International Relations

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2003

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Success or Failure? An Examination of World Bank Development Programs in Africa: Three Case Studies, Elizabeth Greene
Department: International Relations

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Public Opinion and Foreign Policy: the Influence of American Public Opinion on American Foreign Policy During War, Bisma Shahid Loan
Department: International Relations

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2002

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Multinational Corporations and Socio-Economic Development, Batool Z. Hussain
Department: International Relations

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La Fuerza De Las Ideas Frente a La Fuerza Bruta or Nationalism Within the Modern Democratic State of Spain: the Duality of the Basque Case, Adam Price
Department: International Relations; Spanish

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Divine Inspiration: the Influence of Religion on the Lethality of Terrorism, Anisha Shah
Department: International Relations

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European Integration Theories and the Formation of the European Monetary System and the European Monetary Union: a Comparative Case Study, Melinda M. Smailes
Department: International Relations

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2000

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Laying the Foundations of Democracy: The Role of International Non-Governmental Organizations (Ngos) For Promoting the Growth of Civil Society in China, Wendy C. Graham
Department: International Relations

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"Literature As Guns:" The Role of Poetry in Revolution, Lara Y. Nafziger
Department: International Relations

Senior Independent Study Theses from 1999

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Political Instability and Currency Depreciation: A Quantitative Analysis of the Relationship Between Politics and the Exchange Rate, Amrita Bhandari
Department: International Relations

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Impact of Financial Crises Upon the Sovereign State, Travis L. Grundke
Department: International Relations

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Economic Growth and Economic Development in the Third World: a Quantitative Approach to An Analysis of the Chasm, Divya R. Thadani
Department: International Relations; Mathematics

Senior Independent Study Theses from 1998

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Humanitarian Action Against Forced "Disappearances:" a Comparative Case Study of the External Initiatives Combating "Disappearances" in Iran and the Philippines, Leah C. Montesano
Department: International Relations

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Valuing Success: An Empirical Analysis of the Relationship Between Cultural Values and World Bank Successes, Laura J. Shaffer
Department: International Relations

Senior Independent Study Theses from 1997

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What About the Men?: Moving towards a gender and development approach for sustainable human development a comparative case study of Kenya and Botswana, Patricia K. Mugambi
Department: International Relations

Senior Independent Study Theses from 1996

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From Fifteen To?: The Future of European Integration, Amrita Daing
Department: International Relations

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Militarization and Human Development: a Comparison of Costa Rica and Paraguay, Erika Friedman
Department: International Relations

Senior Independent Study Theses from 1994

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New European Union and the Limits of Cooperation, José Garcia-Lewis
Department: International Relations

Senior Independent Study Theses from 1993

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Reversal of Development in Argentina, Timothy R. Smith
Department: International Relations

Senior Independent Study Theses from 1992

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American Recognition Policy Toward the Soviet Union and the Peoples' Republic of China, Walter J. Bozentko
Department: International Relations

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Acid Rain Issue and U.S.-Canadian Relations: a Study in the Politics of Complex Interdependence, John M. Clouse
Department: International Relations

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Promoting An American Mythical Reality: Public Discourse Justifying War in the Persian Gulf, Sally A. DeCarolis
Department: International Relations

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Strategy For Third World Agricultural Development Using or Refuting Already Existing Theories of Development and Agricultural Development Plans: a Case Study of Kenya, Alyssa Ganobsik
Department: International Relations

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Seeking Peace: the Actuality of the Quest, Eileen N. Leonhardy
Department: International Relations