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  • 2017

Indonesia: Archetype for Countering the Effects of the Islamic State?

Author: Daniel Snyder
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Indonesia has proven to be successful in isolating itself from violent extremist activities that have plagued other Muslim and Western European nations over the past ten years.  Although the current population is predominately Muslim, and influences of the faith are embedded in their political system; Indonesia does not contribute radicalized foreign fighters overseas in support of radical Islamic causes at the same rate as other smaller Muslim nations. It is assessed that the entrenched regional and ancestral links outline a broadminded methodology towards equality that may prove to be an ethnic archetype for other Muslim dominated populations to duplicate.

  • 2017

Buddhism, Law, and the Rise of the Warrior: Decline in Women's Status between Heian and Kamakura Japan

Author: Stephanie McLaughlin
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This paper questions why women's status in Japan declined between the Heian and Kamakura periods. Contributing factors discussed are Buddhism, legal changes, and the rise of warrior culture.

  • 2017

The Military-Industrial Complex and the Role of General Dynamics Corporation during the 1990s

Author: William Crusselle II
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The bond between the U.S. government, military, and corporations in what is known as the “Iron Triangle” or the Military-Industrial Complex (MIC) continued into the 1990s.  Businesses, such as General Dynamics Corporation (GDC), have an intrinsic history within the MIC. GDC played one of the most crucial roles for the MIC during WWI, WWII, and the Cold War as well as for a majority of the twentieth century. Focusing on the impact of the MIC during the 1990s, specifically the role GDC played, circumstantial evidence has shown that a corporate entity, gradually affected U.S. diplomatic affairs as well as military policy after the Cold War and during the 1990s —the Cold War never truly ended, policies were carried over, and corporations simply adapted to maintain the status quo. The MIC was a necessary yet dangerous national security requirement to maintain U.S. economic and political stability.

  • 2017

The Rise of ISIS and the Partial Collapse of the Iraqi State

A result of Prime Minister Nourri al-Maliki’s policies at the Political, Economic and Military Level
Author: Samuel-Alexandre Mercier
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Since his appointment as Prime Minister in 2006, Nouri Al-Maliki moved to centralize the political apparatus in Iraq by limiting the power of the Iraqi Parliament and the cabinet to influence state practices. Between 2006 and 2012, Maliki greatly deteriorated the ability of formal institutions to enact their mandate within the governmental apparatus and managed to place his office as Prime Minister at the center of Iraqi Power politics. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the impacts of Maliki’s sectarian policies in the political, economic and military apparatus and how such practices have paved the way for the rise of ISIS.

  • 2017

Phil Sheridan’s War: The Pacification of the American Frontier and Total War in the Trans-Mississippi West

Author: Robert Ranstadler
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This investigation is principally concerned with the application, applicability, and repercussions of total war in the modern era. The Post-Civil War United States was a financially fractured and socially divided nation that ambivalently endorsed General Philip Sheridan’s unrestricted strategy in the American West. Many social, political, and economic factors facilitated the U.S. Army’s eventual triumph on the Great Plains, while simultaneously contributing to the subsequent collapse of Amerindian society on the frontier. Previously established comparative and causative historiographic arguments explicate several cultural connections that prescribed the course and outcome of the Great Plains Wars. The author demonstrates that the Clausewitz’s Trinity, when framed within the appropriate interdependent and practical context, is greater than the sum of its theoretical parts. A final supposition explores the potential application of such studies in the mitigation and abatement of future conflicts.     

  • 2017

Counterterrorism and its Affronts to Human Rights

Author: Kurtis Edwards
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Since the 21st century, there has been a sharp rise in terrorism and counterterrorism measures that are an insult to both international and domestic human rights. This essay will attempt to define the intersection of counterterrorism and human rights and why it is important to either adapt existing norms or adopt new conceptions on the constraints to armed conflict. Global interconnectedness also called globalization is not only a phenomenon felt in the realms of economics and culture but is also keenly evident in armed conflict. Modern national security, non-state actors, and detention methods represent the cogs of conflict interconnectedness in the 21st century. Focusing on these three areas will show how counterterrorism is eroding the protection of human rights from outside and within, specifically in the United States of America (US), but also many other nations. Just as the arguments around regulating the effects of globalization are rather heated, so too is the discourse surrounding adaptation and innovation in the methods of counterterrorism. In referencing the current political climate in the US, this essay will conclude that the status quo for human rights will prevail if not become worse in time.

  • 2017

Change Initiative, Athena Risk

Author: Aaron Williamson
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This independent research paper (IRP) explores the challenges of taking over leadership of a new organization, identifies required change initiatives needed to achieve long term success and the means to effect broad based change across an organization.

  • 2017

The Appeal of Christianity to Women:

An examination of the Juxtaposition of Pagan Religions and Christianity during the First Few Centuries
Author: Sara Lamb
Abstract:

For Greco-Roman woman, Christianity offers a set of standards not dependent upon their success as sexual and reproductive beings. In addition to the raised social standing in Christian communities, women enjoy the complete fulfillment they seek in Goddess worship found in the mystery religions.