Presenting the founders research on contemporary global issues through a variety of mediums
MGR 2017 Projects
A brief summary of our final projects
Hamilton Brooks - The Revolution of Immigration in the United States and Russia
Catherine Burke - Peace through Unity: the Argument for a One-State Solution to the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
Hamilton analyzed the effects of immigration policies, such as Alabama’s HB 56 law and Russia’s “Propiska,” some of the strictest immigration reforms in known history. Hamilton found that in democratic societies, the effects of harsh immigration reform were clear because they created a fearful culture; concluding them to be ineffective and potentially dangerous. However, in Russia, “Propiska” is promoted heavily.
Adam Delogu - Trouble in Paradise: The Effects of Free Trade on Developing Nations - Case Studies and Analysis from Mexico and Jamaica
Adam conducted a comparative study of two free trade policies that both involve the United States: NAFTA, and Jamaica's IMF free trade loan stipulations. He concluded that free trades’ overall impacts on developing nations’ economies ultimately outweigh the benefits.
Catherine pursued an examination of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, ultimately advocating for a one-state solution as the most realistic means to achieve peace. She created a short movie that provides an overview of the grave humanitarian crisis in Palestine and also Israel’s continued human rights and international law violations.
Caroline Hullman - The Prospect for Survival of Liberal Democracy in Turkey’s Modern Republic
Caroline considered Turkey’s recent transition from a constitutionally established liberal democracy, into an illiberal democracy under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. She determined that Turkey’s current leadership undermines liberal democracy in order to control the complex multi-national state, suggesting that liberal democracy can become an obstacle to itself in culturally fragmented multi-national states.
Sophia Li - Behind French Veils
Sophia analyzed the relationship between women and Islam within the context of the French Republic, and the challenges this tension poses to preserving both Islamic culture and French secularism. She created a mural encompassing France's history with Islam as a basis for judgement on their relations with the religion today.
Emma Mae Regan - “The ABCs of Success”: Looking at the Issues with Ugandan Education in order to create Solutions
Emma Mae investigated Uganda’s broken education system and the necessary steps to fix it. She found that many children fail to even pass elementary school due to lack of money, and ultimately concluded that the best way to solve Uganda’s education problem is through a mix of public support, lobbying, and funding.
Ramses Rubio - The Degradation of American Democracy due to Campaign Finance Loopholes
Ramses conducted a comparative analysis of international campaign finance legislature as a means for identifying a solution to Dark Money (anonymous donations) in the U.S. Dark Money has led to a loss of transparency in the government and diminishing the power the average citizen has over its government. He determined that legislation has the power to change our campaign finance system, but only if the populous forces politicians to act upon the will of the citizens.
Ian Singer - - The Energy Gap: The Opportunity in Poverty and the Power of Policy
Ian focused on the potential danger of the developing world’s dependence upon fossil fuels, created a quota system to identify which circumstances qualified a country for the Energy Gap Transition, and engaged in a comparative policy analysis to model two different policy approaches to seize this opportunity. Ian defines the Energy Gap Transition as the ability for countries who have not grown dependent upon fossil fuels to develop straight from having no electricity access to thriving on a renewable energy economy, avoiding the inherit perils of fossil fuel dependency. Through his research Ian discovered that the distribution of people without electricity directly aligned with geographic areas with the most renewable energy potential, providing a unique and historic opportunity in which supply and demand almost exactly coincide.
Emme Moosher - Human Trafficking in Russia
Emme analyzed the relationship between human trafficking, migration, and government influence by comparing trafficking rates in Russia to those in Finland. She discovered that changes in government legislation, border control, work and visa permit requirements, and law enforcement are all crucial to decreasing trafficking rates. However, since the Russian government lacks the incentive to take these measures, civilian education and advocacy are essential to making changes and exposing the prevalence of trafficking in Russia.
Alexa Rooney - Globalization: A Blessing, A Curse, or Both?
Alexa examined the cultural effects of globalization on communities never before exposed to the modern world. Alexa discovered that globalization can serve as a potentially hazardous force by monopolizing culture, and that while the issue is clearly problematic, it often remains overlooked.
Ally Sadler - You Are What You Eat: The Importance of Food Labels
Focusing on three types of food labels-nutrition facts, front-of-pack, and health claims, Ally researched the role of food labels in limiting and decreasing the rising rates of obesity and chronic diseases. She determined that no matter the format, well regulated food labels are crucial for helping consumers make well-informed and healthy dietary choices.
Jay Younger - Compromises and Reactionary Policy: How Citizens Drive the Counter-Terror Movement
Jay analyzed how the public’s fear and anger often lead to reactionary policies, such as the Patriot Act, not only in the United States, but also in France. Jay ultimately concluded that citizens play a large role in determining all government policies, especially reactionary ones, even though they might be misguided by fear or ignorance.
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