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  • 2017

Russia Vs. the West

Author: Christophe Barbier
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My research will focus on Russia’s relations versus the Western world from the past to the present day. Russia's vision and perception toward the West since the end of the Cold War have changed the world, and the idealism for the West and Russia have distanced themselves both diplomatically and politically. For viewers to understand the implication of this research analysis, I will examine Russia’s brutal past, the Russian Revolution of 1917, the unending Cold War’s with renewing tensions today and the fall of Communism which precipitated the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989. In this Master’s research paper, I will analyze the underlying causes of tensed diplomatic tensions, unconstructive ties with the West and deteriorating relations that continue exacerbate any diplomatic relations from leading to constructive, forward thinking, and successful outcomes that prevent both hemispheres from reaching a stable footing in international affairs. Lastly, I will investigate and bring forth to the readers tangible evidence that Russia and the West will continue for years to come to be suspicious and skeptical of one and another. East-West’s problematic political discourses compounded by construed, distrustful, and complicated bilateral relations with in the crossfire NATO and the European Union could substantially destabilize peace and security and reshape the world itself between the East and the West.

  • 2017

Budget Home Expansion

Author: Guido Rivas
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This project will generally consist of the planning necessary for research, design, and implementation of a business model that will provide tools, materials, and detailed instructions for a home expansion using a modular design deliverable. Materials are delivered to a client with pre-cut and marked members along with the proper tools for optimal project completion. The client will have access to detailed instructions from initial survey to final inspection by the local governance. The goal of this project is to enable the budget minded client with novice to intermediate knowledge of general construction to have hands-on involvement in the expansion of their residential home.

  • 2017

Fallmerayer and the Bulgarian Church Schism: The Effect of the Threat to Greek Identity on Religious Ecumenism in the Nineteenth Century

Author: Jason Britton
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The integrity of nineteenth century Neohellenic culture and heritage was threatened by the writings of the German historian, Jacob Philip Fallmerayer in the 1830s. Fallmerayer's attack on the basic nature of Greek ethnicity created a cultural mindset that permeated Greek society to its highest levels in the Ottoman Empire, rekindling a century’s old rift between the Greek and Bulgarian Orthodox communities of the Rum millet. In this time of Balkan national awakening, Orthodox religious tradition served as a repository of cultural heritage suppressed under Ottoman rule. The "National Church" came to be seen as a means of legitimating a particular community's "nationhood" status. Fallmerayer's challenge went to the heart of the Hellenic character of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the right of national church autonomy based on ethnicity, culture, and language. The Greeks had fought for, and won, this right from the Porte during the Greek War of Independence during the early decades of the nineteenth century. Less than fifty years later the Ecumenical Patriarchate would refuse the Bulgarians’ request for the same right, and ultimately declare their Slav antagonists, schismatic. When Fallmerayer brought into question the authenticity of Modern Greek ethnic heritage he helped set in motion an ethnophyletic controversy that split the Orthodox Church in the Balkans.

  • 2017

Factors in Somali Culture that Prevent the Establishment of Centralized Governance

Author: Jason Salvog
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The nation state of Somalia and its people have been on the periphery of global attention for the better part of the past three decades. During this time, the global community has branded Somalia as a failed state, with no legitimate functioning central government that provides for the population and represents the country internationally.  While there have been other countries labeled as failed states during this time, Somalia is unique in both the duration of this label and the number of attempts to make the country a productive member of the international community. The intent of this writing is to shed light and enhance the understanding of some of the aspects of the issues that exist in Somalia that have contributed to the failure to establish a legitimate and functioning central government. These failures are due both to the lack of cultural understanding by the donor nations and some of the cultural views held by a segment of the Somali population. The approaches that have either worked in donor nations or that the donor nations have had success with in nation building endeavors may not work in Somalia due to cultural differences and factors that external actors may be aware of but not truly understand. This paper highlights and offers potential solutions to some of the cultural issues that have prevented the Somalia from developing a legitimate, functioning government during this time despite support from the international community.

  • 2017

The Impact of the Personal Rivalry Between Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson on Early Virginia and National Politics

Author: John McNeer
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This paper analyzes the personal rivalry that arose between Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson and its impact on early political and legal reform in Virginia, the Federalist-Anti-Federalist Debate, and early national politics. The paper also describes the influences and different perspectives of both men and how they affected Virginia and national politics.

  • 2017

Factors Associated with Falls in Hospitalized Patients

Author: Michele Allen
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Injurious falls are the most commonly reported patient safety incidents in hospitals and are among the top 10 sentinel events reported to the Joint Commission (Joint Commission, 2009).  Injuries resulting from falls can lengthen the hospital stay and add additional costs to both client and facility. Up to 1-in-10 in-hospital falls results in injury or death (Joint Commission, 2009). Experts agree that programs personalized to individual patients’ risks of falling are most effective, but very few hospitals have initiated such programs (Eldridge, 2007). Decreasing inpatient falls and fall-related injuries are still a problem at the bedside, and further analysis geared toward understanding this phenomenon to prevent and reduce falls.
The purpose of this non-experimental descriptive correlational proposal will be to identify and analyze factors contributing to patient falls. A collective analysis of data will be gathered on patients who fell while hospitalized at a military treatment facility from October 2015 through April 2016. The statistics will be obtained from the nursing documentation, patient safety risks, post-fall documentation, and questionnaires.

  • 2017

Cyber Strategic Relations Between the United States and the Republic of Korea

Author: Arlene Drew
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This paper analyzes the cyber strategic relations between the United States of America and the Republic of Korea through historical and cultural lenses. The two nations created a strong military partnership for the overt reason of defending the region against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the north. Historical and cultural factors have shaped the way the alliance operates, while developments in cyber capabilities and impactful events have directed its actions and motives in cyber defense. Other major actors and methods of cooperation also shape cyber diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific region. This paper examines the specific system used by the U.S.-ROK alliance called CENTRIXS-K and how it should be strengthened for the future. It also provides a cultural explanation for why relations have turned out the way they have, through civil-military relations and Greer Hofstede’s cultural dimensions. Finally, the foundations revealed in this paper highlight the current and future threats for cyber relations, while the limitations of this project and currently unfolding events point the way that future research should go.

  • 2017

Terrorism and Insurgency Revisited

Author: Brittany Biglari
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Terrorism and insurgencies as strategies, have been conducted on behalf of states and have occurred within states, by non-state entities in the Middle East. While the contexts of terrorism and those of an insurgency are distinct in its features, there is much contention surrounding the application, as terrorists have waged both terrorism and an insurgency at the same time in efforts to shape varying political outcomes.

This paper will seek to explore the differences between insurgencies and terrorism as strategies specifically within Iraq, and the West's counterinsurgency and counterterrorism responses in addressing such issues, specifically through the use of force and repressive responses. Furthermore, this paper will explore how counterinsurgency and counterterrorism approaches are conducted in accordance to international law, and any implications which occur as a result of this application, in terms of the West's capacity to respond.