Honors Thesis Spotlight: Second-Generation Terrorism: A Phenomenon

Terrorism has proven itself to be a worsening plight, and it continues to broaden world political unrest. Through violence and chaos, terrorism is most often used as a tool to control global political opinions and manipulate social and political processes. After the Al-Qaeda attacks of 2001 on the United States that shook the nation, terrorism…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: The Prison, The Prophet, and The People: [In]Justice in Senegal

The disrepute of America’s criminal justice system and their endemic issues of police violence have continued to heighten within the past couple of years. However, many activists, politicians, and celebrities in the United States have begun to draw parallels between these egregious systematic acts and Nigeria’s violent Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). This comparison proves to…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: Fortifying Hate: How Social Media Acts as a Tool for White Supremacist Groups

Alternative right (alt-right) white supremacist groups are increasingly popular and highlighted in the mainstream media, specifically during the 2016 presidential election. Unlike past elections, alt-right groups are able to amass a greater following through resources available on the internet. Social media platforms provide group leaders with  accessible and far-reaching communication channels. YouTube is one of…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: The Effects of Democracy on Human Development

Citizens in the United States and across the globe consider democracy essential for improved human development, but the relationship may be more nuanced than most research suggests. Most scholars identify a positive correlation between human development and democracy because of its primary features: electoral accountability, access to information, and individual rights and civil liberties. In…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: Belt and Road Initiative in Southeast Asia: Unlocking Alternative Sources of Investment for Corrupt States

In 2013, the Chinese government launched the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI): a regional integration project that establishes routes and provides resources to approximately 70 countries and national organizations. Benefits and negative consequences accompany the initiative; while poorer countries in Southeast Asia benefit from financial aid, there are still roadblocks to economic freedom, including corruptive…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: Splintering Off: Catalonia’s Search for Sovereignty

In 2017, the Catalonia region of Spain held a referendum for independence where 2.26 million people flocked to the polls to vote on the region’s secession from Spain. Catalonia’s bold campaign for autonomy sparked a country-wide debate and garnered international attention. The Spanish Central government declared the referendum illegal, thereby nullifying the Catalonian Declaration of…