The Journal of Global Affairs is the official student research publication of the Department of International and Area Studies in the College of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma.

The editorial board is comprised primarily of students from the College of International Studies, who apply and are interviewed and assessed, in the fall semester of each year. The Journal of Global Affairs strives to appoint editors from a variety of fields and specialties. Those interested in applying to the Journal of Global Affairs editorial board should contact the College of International Studies.

The views expressed in the Journal of Global Affairs are those of the contributors and should not be attributed to the editorial board, the College of International Studies, the University of Oklahoma or any sponsors or affiliates thereof.

Recent Submissions

  • The Journal of Global Affairs, Volume 6 (2016-2017) 

    University of Oklahoma. College of International Studies (2017)
    The Journal of Global Affairs is the official student research publication of the Department of International and Area Studies in the College of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma.
  • Weak States and Political Grievances: Understanding the Causes of the Second Libyan Civil War 

    Ratcliff, James (2017)
    Since 2014, Libya has re-descended into civil war, albeit amongst different lines. Important to finding a political solution to the conflict is understanding its origins. This research seeks to explain the causes of the ...
  • The Original Exception: The Originaires in Senegal, 1848-1960 

    Smith, Nicole (2017)
    When French colonialists governed parts of Africa, they partitioned Africans into groups of unique, individual statuses: sujets, metis, originaires, tirailleurs, and assimiles. These statuses contributed to uneven access ...
  • Proposal on US Policy toward Daesh 

    Holland, Daniel (2017)
    The rise of Daesh took the world by surprise, as the group took advantage of discontented Sunni populations and political turmoil to rapidly expand in Iraq and Syria. The group, designated as a terror organization by the ...
  • Compromising Refugeehood: Access to Asylum and Non-Refoulement in the European Union 

    Neumeier, Stefanie (2017)
    This paper explores the intersection of European and international refugee and human rights law. While numerous treaties incorporate the rights of forced migrants, the Refugee Convention with the 1967 Protocol represents ...
  • Disjointed Action: Conflicting Collective Action in Ukraine's 2014 Euromaidan Revolution 

    Bartz, Luke (2017)
    Though the motivations for unrest were similar across Ukraine during the 2014 Euromaidan Revolution, the means of expressing unhappiness contrasted dramatically between eastern and western Ukraine. In the west of the country ...
  • Communal Identity and Sectarian Division in Lebanon: A Comparative Analysis of The National Pact of 1943 and the Ta'if Agreement 

    Peach, Kaitlin (2017)
    Throughout its history, Lebanon as faced an identity crisis that has been exacerbated by two fundamental documents -- the National Pact of 1943 and the Ta'if Agreement. These documents worked to ingrain identity into ...
  • Millennials and the Putin Cult 

    Ranger, Shelby (2017)
    Much literature about the unique qualities of particular generations exists, as does literature examining the cult of personality surrounding Russian President Vladimir Putin. This article situates itself within the study ...
  • Whose Job is it Anyway? 

    Merino, Mollie (2017)
    This paper discusses Australia's treatment of asylum-seekers in the Nauru Regional Processing Centre. I explore how Australia has managed to avoid large-scale criticism and discuss a few of the factors contributing to this ...
  • Drones, Ethics, and Pakistan 

    Adam, Amil (2017)
    The following article provides an ethical appraisal of the use of armed drones within the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan by the Central Intelligence Agency through the prism of Just War theory. This paper ...
  • In Memory of Daniel Holland 

    University of Oklahoma. College of International Studies (2017)
    This issue of the Journal of Global Affairs is dedicated in loving memory to Daniel Holland, who passed away while traveling abroad on June 11, 2017. Daniel was a National Merit Scholar earning his bachelor's and master's ...
  • Turkey's Temporary Protection Regulation and the Syrian Refugee Crisis: A Feminist Policy Analysis 

    Meyer, Shelby (2017)
    As Syria's deadly civil war rages on, more and more Syrians are fleeing to Turkey as refugees, testing the policies Turkey has put into place to manage irregular migrant flows. The authors of this paper sought to analyze ...
  • Countering ISIS's Propaganda: Islamic Piety, Belonging, and Exposure of Life under ISIS's Rule 

    Gellman, Jonah (2017)
    The Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham's (ISIS) recruitment tactics have yielded substantial results in the Western world. Recruiters use a variety of push and pull factors to separate potential recruits from their society ...
  • The Journal of Global Affairs, Volume 5 (2015-2016) 

    Grillot, Dr. Suzette; Cruise, Dr. Rebecca; Wilson, Miranda; Cheng, Meng; Douglas, Collin; LaPorte, James; Ranger, Shelby; Stack-Nelson, Linda; Weiss, Lindsey; Randall, Zac; Braun, Jacque; Broadway, Patsy; Smith, Dr. Mitchell; Swift, Symphonie; The faculty and staff of CIS (Department of International and Area Studies, College of International Studies, University of Oklahoma, 2016)
    The Journal of Global Affairs is the official student research publication of the Department of International and Area Studies in the College of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma.
  • Turkey's Great Leap Forward: Atatürk's Reforms and the Rise of Political Islam 

    Bellafiore, Robert (2016)
    The Turkish War of Independence and the following reforms implemented by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk were watershed events in both Islamic and world history. The political and social climate of Turkey, previously the Ottoman ...
  • Ennahda and the Muslim Brotherhood Democratic Changes to Islamist Groups 

    Bergum, Jack (2016)
    Despite a promising start, the Arab Spring of 2011 has resulted in the creation of only one democracy: Tunisia. In Tunisia, an Islamist party called Ennahda has greatly aided this successful democratic transition. This ...
  • Britain and the European Union: Forty Years of Uncertainty 

    Kimpel, Hanna (2016)
    The United Kingdom is facing a referendum, to occur by the end of 2017, when British citizens will get the opportunity to vote on whether or not the UK should remain a member of the European Union. For Britain, the ...
  • Lowering Expectations: The Evolution of UN Peacekeeping and Recommendations for the Future 

    Miles, Sarah (2016)
    United Nation’s Peacekeeping Operations have been contested since the first blue helmets arrived in the Gaza Strip in 1956. Peacekeeping Operations can be divided into three temporal categories, each with their own ...
  • Russian-Syrian Relations: Past and Present 

    Bartz, Luke (2016)
    Drawing heavily on Andrej Kreutz’s Russia in the Middle East and Robert Freedman’s “Russia and the Arab Spring: A Preliminary Appraisal” along with numerous news sources, this essay serves a twofold purpose of sketching ...
  • Transnational Water Issues in Turkey, Syria, and Iraq: Planning and Investing for the Future 

    Douglas, Collin (2016)
    The connection between access to clean and reliable water and social unrest is a relationship that is beginning to be fully understood. The Euphrates River provides drinking water for nearly 27 million people, water for ...

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