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Students in the Master of Arts in Diplomacy program examine international relations from a historical, political, geographical, and cultural perspective. The following student works reflect a wide variety of topics within the concentrations of international conflict management, international terrorism, and international commerce.

  • 2016
  • Master of Arts in Diplomacy

Basin-Wide Treaty: Prospects for Cooperation in the Jordan River Basin Using the U.N. Watercourses Convention

Author: Meirav Even-Har
Abstract:

The Jordan River Basin is an international water resource that includes surface and groundwater running through and under five riparian states: Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria. The region, having experienced on-going armed conflict in all or parts of it, maintains a hyper-vigilant environment where water – being a scare and precious resource – is considered a war-instigating factor. Water cooperation, nevertheless, exists among some of the riparians, albeit it in limited form. Thus, the opportunity for escalation of either conflict or cooperation over shared waters will mainly be determined by states’ willingness to set aside politics in favor of regional sustainability. The 1997 Convention on the Law of the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses (Watercourses Convention) can serve as a framework for an absent basin-wide agreement that will help secure sustainable and equitable water management among co-riparian states in the region. It is a potential avenue to open a much-needed dialogue among often-hostile nations is through the apolitical topic of water sustainability for the region. Namely, ensuring the health of the Jordan River Basin is addressed and maintained. The UN Watercourses Convention ratified by all nations except for Israel, offers a framework from which negotiators can begin work. The political instability and military hostilities in the region renders engagement in water law a difficult proposition. That being said, the interdependence of states created through shared waters can trigger cross-border dialogue among lawmakers and water experts in the interest of water security and conflict abatement.

  • 2016
  • Master of Arts in Diplomacy

Deliberately Designed Diplomacy: How Ireland Rebuilt its Positive International Reputation after its Debt Crisis of 2008-2014

Author: James Garrity
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In February 2011, the newly formed Fine Gael-Labour coalition government began rebuilding Ireland’s international reputation. The coalition did this on several levels. Structurally, Ireland created new institutions within the government to coordinate domestic and foreign policy decision-making. For foreign policy, it drafted a three-year strategic diplomatic plan with measurable objectives. Operationally, the coalition government successfully implemented the austerity measures imposed under the terms of the sovereign debt bailout, while concomitantly negotiating more favorable terms. By early 2014, Ireland became the first Eurozone country to exit the bailout. The Irish recovery was deliberate and designed. Recovery from the bailout and the restoration of Ireland’s reputation were deliberate, as declared in the "Programme for Government", promulgated on the coalition’s first day in office. Recovery was designed through the creation of new institutions, a strategic foreign affairs roadmap, and diplomacy. In the process, the power of economic diplomacy was utilized, the impact of public diplomacy was maximized, and Ireland’s multilateralism was strengthened. Ireland’s experience yields lessons for other states. In times of domestic crisis, states should engage internationally, expand on domestic strengths, and maintain flexibility.

  • 2016
  • Master of Arts in Diplomacy

Economic Crises: Past, Present, and a Prosperous Road Ahead.

Author: John Cosenza
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 This paper takes an in-depth look at the history of global financial collapses. Scholarly literature from various economists reveals a correlation between economic collapses past and present and provide solutions to prevent future collapses.

  • 2016
  • Master of Arts in Diplomacy

Fighting the Islamic State in the Fifth Domain: Transnational Terrorism in the Indo-Pacific

Author: Zachary Adams
Abstract:

The presence of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) continues to have a turbulent effect on Middle Eastern stability and security. As a result of this conflict, Southeast Asia is experiencing a return of extremists from the battlegrounds of Syria and Iraq. Due to the group’s formidable endurance, ISIS has exploited the opportunity to expand its mission into a sympathetic region. In particular, Indonesia and Malaysia are the primary target states due to their large-scale Muslim populations. Additionally, ISIS has focused on the southern Philippines and Singapore. The implication of the Islamic State’s emergence in Southeast Asia has had an immediate and tumultuous effect on regional security especially with the transition from the battlefield to the battlespace.

  • 2016
  • Master of Arts in Diplomacy

Re-examining Collective Security: NATO’s Future and Lessons from the League of Nations

Author: Zachariah Dickens
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Collective security as NATO’s purported means of deterrence in addition to the abstract, yet universal defense guarantees that it offers to prospective members requires a re-examination in light of current circumstances. Compounding the ambiguity of a policy centered on unspecified threats, NATO’s expansionism post-1991 has had an unduly destabilizing effect on pan-European security through the security guarantees provided to the buffer states that encompass this expansion. Looking to historical precedent, The League of Nations provides a definitive example of collective security’s failure to counter threats to stability. I’ve used research from varying of sources including modern day sources regarding the Ukrainian Crisis and European Western sentiments were remarkably easy to come by. In regards to the League of Nations, the most telling resource used was “Diplomacy” by former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in regards to collective security’s failings, and Jari Eloranta’s essay on the League’s failings in regards to both disarmament the security system. Through an analysis of both the League and present day NATO, I have been able to draw a direct correlation between the faults of the League of Nations and how NATO currently suffers from the same issues.

  • 2016
  • Master of Arts in Diplomacy

Technology and the Rise of Global Terrorism

Author: Monie Phillips
Abstract:

This paper provides a perspective how advanced technology has provided international terrorist organizations the ability to circumvent law enforcement agencies and the intelligence community. Additionally, it also examines how international terrorists have become extremely reliant on advanced technology to communicate rather than personal meetings to radicalize sympathizers, recruit new members, and coordinate attacks. Conversely, this paper illustrates how technology has assisted law enforcement agencies and the intelligence community in monitoring, targeting, and eliminating international terrorist members throughout the world. Finally, this paper also discusses how international institutions such as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are unprepared to defeat international terrorism.

  • 2016
  • Master of Arts in Diplomacy

The Need For Cross Cultural Skills for Global Leadership Competencies

Author: Abdul Totakhil
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We live in the era of globalization, which is based on the principles of liberalism and democracy, where there is a trend towards free market economy. What that means is that borders are being removed and a platform of international mix is being created where different people from different places with different background, culture, race, ethnicity, religion, color, and language are coming closer to work together in diverse workplace and market place. This paper is primarily focused on the importance and the need for cross cultural skills needed for global leaders to boost their managing cultural differences, motivating employees towards their capabilities and efficiency as well as to take the business towards success in different cultures.

  • 2016
  • Master of Arts in Diplomacy

The Soft Power of Branding

Author: Kerry Lieb
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This paper intended to represent and reveal some important aspects of the soft power of branding in the global community. The paper focused on three entities that have fully realized the value of social awareness and responsibility in their branding. One of the entities is a global corporate giant, another is a private high school, and the last was an entity built on social responsibility and charitable works.