Presentations in Political Science

Nov 20, 2017

by Dr. Kelly McHugh
Associate Professor of Political Science

On October 20-21, four political science majors from Florida Southern College presented research projects at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association-South. The meeting, which was held in Orlando, Florida, attracts scholars of international politics from around the country; attendees share their research on topics including U.S. foreign policy, terrorism, international economics, and Middle East politics. Our majors were part of a select number of undergraduates who had papers accepted for presentation at the event.

Cheyenne Caswell during her presentation.

Reymond Munson ‘20 presented a research paper titled, “Friend or Foe: Should the U.S. Reduce Economic Aid to Pakistan?” In his presentation, he detailed the historical relationship between the two countries, before considering whether or not the U.S. should continue its current level of aid to that government. Rey concluded that although Pakistan is not always a reliable ally, the U.S. has important security interests in the region, and needs Pakistan’s support.

Cheyenne Caswell ‘20 presented a research paper she is working on this semester in my U.S. Foreign and Security Policy class. In the paper, titled, “Dishonorable Conduct: Combating Sexual Assault in the U.S. Military,” she addresses the problem of sexual assault in the military, and its impact on morale and recruiting. During her presentation, Cheyenne considered various policy options the U.S. could implement to deal with this serious issue.

Carly Chetham ‘19 presented a paper titled “Terrorism and Counterinsurgencies.” Last semester, along with three other students, she completed this paper as a final project in the class Conflict in War. During her presentation at the conference, Carly addressed several major national security challenges faced by the U.S., including the ongoing war in Afghanistan and the rise of “lone wolf” terrorism. At the conclusion of her talk, Carly outlined multiple policy recommendations the U.S. could use to successfully combat these threats.

Bradley Denault ’17 also presented a paper written last year in the class History of the Middle East.  In his presentation, Bradley examined the legacy of Egyptian president Gamal Nasser, who held office from 1956-1970. His paper examined how subsequent Egyptian leaders have tried to emulate Nasser’s governing style, and Bradley also considered the future of politics in Egypt, in the wake of the country’s 2011 revolution.

Carly Chetham presenting at the conference.

Overall, participation the International Studies Association-South conference offered FSC students the opportunity to present their projects to an audience of faculty and graduate students, and receive expert feedback on their work. For those hoping to attend graduate school, the conference also provided a valuable networking opportunity.

Our students will have three more opportunities to present research at political science conferences during this academic year. In January, we will travel to New Orleans, LA, to attend the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, and in early March, students will participate in the biannual Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics in Charleston, South Carolina.  Finally, in late March, students will attend the annual meeting of the Florida Political Science Association, held in Ft. Myers, Florida.