Honors Thesis Spotlight: Right-Wing Political Violence in Modern Colombia (1970-1990): The State Legitimacy

The period from 1970 to 1990 in Colombia is characterized by internal conflict. Beginning in the 1960s, left-wing guerilla groups emerged, spurred by Marxist-Lennonist ideology. About two decades later, in response to the left-wing insurgents, paramilitary groups were formed and fueled by politically conservative and anti-communist ideology. These right-wing groups were backed by the Colombian…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: The Jewish Civilization Samuel P. Huntington: A Critique of “Judeo-Christian” Civilizational Values

Samuel P Huntington describes the term Judeo-Christian in his paper titled Clash of Civilization, wherein he groups together Judaism and Christianity and classifies Israel as a western country due to the assumed commonalities the two religions share. However, the commonalities they share lack evidence of actually being similar. This thesis suggests that Harrington inaccurately groups…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: International Public Health: Human Trafficking in Florida

            Miami, Florida experiences some of the highest levels of human trafficking: an epidemic that runs rampant through the state, country, and globe. Legislative bodies around the world are desperately seeking solutions. Minnesota offers a model that all countries should consider, and it’s a model that Florida could adhere to in the near future. Minnesota…

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…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: Disciplining for Quality: Does State Medical Board Disciplinary Action Affect Healthcare Quality?

State Medical Boards (SMBs) regulate the medical profession. They issue licenses, standardize the medical field, and discipline physicians who abuse their power or perform poorly. Since SMBs work on behalf of state governments, they are subject to the Principal-Agent Model, a relationship where an agent represents the interests of a principal. In this instance, SMBs…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: Identifying Opportunities Available through Utilization of Unmanned Aerial Delivery Programs in Support of Public Safety in the U.S., Based on Present Use Cases around the World

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) have been seen in the public sphere as early as the 1950’s with Sputnik 1. The Unmanned Aircraft Systems is defined by the federal aviation administration as, “aircraft that is operated without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the aircraft”. These systems are increasingly promising in the…