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Huizingasq.Doc, Steven Samson Dec 2016

Huizingasq.Doc, Steven Samson

Faculty Publications and Presentations

No abstract provided.


The Failure Of Westphalia: A Constructivist Examination Of Western And Middle Eastern Relations, Jayson Warren Dec 2016

The Failure Of Westphalia: A Constructivist Examination Of Western And Middle Eastern Relations, Jayson Warren

Masters Theses

This thesis is not intended to be a dogmatic or pedantic endorsement of any one religion, ethic, or culture. To the contrary, it is the intent of the author to examine a number of competing ideas, philosophies, and belief systems in order to extrapolate their geopolitical implications and to pursue them to their logical (albeit sometimes inevitable) conclusions. Too often, any number of presuppositions at work within a given situation go overlooked and subsequently skew geopolitical analysis and resulting policy decisions. This thesis seeks to transcend mere opinion or speculation and achieve instead a framework of Constructivism for pragmatic comprehension ...


A Fortuitous Hegemon: Cold War Presidential Foreign Policies, Benjamin Bowles Nov 2016

A Fortuitous Hegemon: Cold War Presidential Foreign Policies, Benjamin Bowles

Senior Honors Theses

Following the Cold War, the United States attained the pinnacle of global influence; however, new threats and challenges have arisen that possess the potential to unseat America from its position of global dominance. While the United States’ global power has remained unchallenged since the end of the Cold War, threats have formed that take the form of both maverick upstart nations, such as Iran and China, as well as foreign powers that are clamoring to retain the status of their former glory, such as Russia. In plotting the course with which the United States should address these new threats, an ...


An Imperium Of Rights: Consequences Of Our Cultural Revolution, Steven Alan Samson Nov 2016

An Imperium Of Rights: Consequences Of Our Cultural Revolution, Steven Alan Samson

Faculty Publications and Presentations

The 'empowerment of rights', whether domestically or globally, presents itself in at least a double aspect: both as a cultural revolution and as a political strategy. The strategy pursued by cultural revolutionaries who equate liberalism with secularism is to turn the basic values of the West into weapons against it so that its inherent defense mechanisms will be rendered ineffective. This strategy is most apt to succeed by provoking crises of conscience through redefinitions of human rights that, in the end, lead to individual and institutional conversion. But, as Marcello Pera notes, political liberalism itself suffers from an 'ethical deficit ...


Religious Liberty In The Early American Republic, Steven Samson Nov 2016

Religious Liberty In The Early American Republic, Steven Samson

Faculty Publications and Presentations

The early nineteenth century in America was a period in which the idea of religious liberty came to be worked out in practice in a setting of growing diversity. The immediate effect of the dissolution of state religious establishments was to strengthen the vitality and prestige of the churches themselves. Before the end of the century, the church historian Philip Schaff could regard as normal 'a free church in a free state, or a self-supporting and self-governing Christianity in independent but friendly relation to the civil government.'


Book Review: A Challenge To The Progressive Ascendancy, Steven Alan Samson Sep 2016

Book Review: A Challenge To The Progressive Ascendancy, Steven Alan Samson

Faculty Publications and Presentations

"Everybody talkin’ ‘bout heaven ain’t goin’ there.” The most popular vision of heaven these days is the prospect of some version of heaven on earth. The spirit of our times seems to embody so many possibilities. Todd Huizinga in The New Totalitarian Temptation (2016) scrutinizes the “soft utopia” of the European Union’s path to “global governance.” Mary Eberstadt in It’s Dangerous to Believe is equally critical in her analysis of the “neo-puritan” secularism that is directed at “marginalizing, silencing, and punishing its traditional competitors” via the sexual revolution. What seems to be heaven on earth is just ...


Michael Pillsbury: The Hundred-Year Marathon Study Guide, Steven Alan Samson Jan 2016

Michael Pillsbury: The Hundred-Year Marathon Study Guide, Steven Alan Samson

Faculty Publications and Presentations

No abstract provided.


Robert D. Kaplan: Monsoon Study Guide, Steven Samson Jan 2016

Robert D. Kaplan: Monsoon Study Guide, Steven Samson

Faculty Publications and Presentations

This is a study guide for the courses of Dr. Steven Alan Samson.


Robert D. Kaplan: Monsoon Study Guide, Steven Alan Samson Jan 2016

Robert D. Kaplan: Monsoon Study Guide, Steven Alan Samson

Faculty Publications and Presentations

No abstract provided.


Mary Ann Glendon: The Forum And The Tower Study Guide, 2012-2015, Steven Alan Samson Jan 2016

Mary Ann Glendon: The Forum And The Tower Study Guide, 2012-2015, Steven Alan Samson

Faculty Publications and Presentations

No abstract provided.


Joseph Nye, Jr.: Understanding Global Conflict And Cooperation, 10th Ed., Steven A. Samson Jan 2016

Joseph Nye, Jr.: Understanding Global Conflict And Cooperation, 10th Ed., Steven A. Samson

Faculty Publications and Presentations

No abstract provided.


Robert D. Kaplan: Asia's Cauldron, Steven Samson Jan 2016

Robert D. Kaplan: Asia's Cauldron, Steven Samson

Faculty Publications and Presentations

No abstract provided.


Woodrow Wilson: A Failure Of Leadership - A Broken Middle East, Timothy P. O'Brien Jan 2016

Woodrow Wilson: A Failure Of Leadership - A Broken Middle East, Timothy P. O'Brien

Faculty Publications and Presentations

President Woodrow Wilson failed to engage and lead the Great Powers at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919, thereby missing the opportunity to influence and shape the eventual outcomes of their far-reaching policy decisions. Had he been more effective there, many of the dysfunctions in the Middle East may well not exist today.


Robert D. Kaplan: Asia's Cauldron, Steven Alan Samson Jan 2016

Robert D. Kaplan: Asia's Cauldron, Steven Alan Samson

Faculty Publications and Presentations

No abstract provided.


Govt 405 - Political And Economic Development (2015), Steven Samson Jan 2016

Govt 405 - Political And Economic Development (2015), Steven Samson

Faculty Publications and Presentations

This senior level course is designed to encourage students to apply a biblical Christian worldview and a limited government/free market philosophy to a study of the historical, cultural, demographic, climatic, geological, and geographical factors that have contributed to the political and economic development, as well as the relative prosperity or poverty, of various countries, regions, and cultural groupings. Special attention will be given to the contributing causes of wealth and poverty, colonialism and the post-colonial world, factors that favor or inhibit development, and the operation of the international political economy.


Govt 340 - International Relations (2015), Steven Samson Jan 2016

Govt 340 - International Relations (2015), Steven Samson

Faculty Publications and Presentations

Techniques for managing and resolving conflict in international relations. Emphasis is on current international issues like U.S. arms policy and U.S. policy in the Middle East.


Govt 301 - Ancient Political And Economic Ideas (2015), Steven Samson Jan 2016

Govt 301 - Ancient Political And Economic Ideas (2015), Steven Samson

Faculty Publications and Presentations

Political and economic thought of pagan antiquity, contrasting the ideas of Greece and Rome with religious precepts. The political and economic organization of European feudalism will also be examined.


Govt 490 - Political Theory Syllabus, Steven Samson Jan 2016

Govt 490 - Political Theory Syllabus, Steven Samson

Faculty Publications and Presentations

A critical examination of a variety of philosophical and social science models that seek to explain and evaluate political systems, behavior, ideologies, and collective decision-making. Special attention will be given to the political heritage of western/American civilization and the internal and external challenges it faces.


Joseph Nye, Jr.: Understanding Global Conflict And Cooperation, 10th Ed., Steven Samson Jan 2016

Joseph Nye, Jr.: Understanding Global Conflict And Cooperation, 10th Ed., Steven Samson

Faculty Publications and Presentations

No abstract provided.


Michael Pillsbury: The Hundred-Year Marathon Study Guide, Steven Samson Jan 2016

Michael Pillsbury: The Hundred-Year Marathon Study Guide, Steven Samson

Faculty Publications and Presentations

This is a study guide for the courses of Dr. Steven Alan Samson.


Using A Forensic Light Source To Visualize Permanent Marker Ink After The Ink Has Been Removed, Jonathan Pelletier Jan 2016

Using A Forensic Light Source To Visualize Permanent Marker Ink After The Ink Has Been Removed, Jonathan Pelletier

Faculty Publications and Presentations

A forensic light source (FLS) was used to visually detect permanent marker ink that had been removed.


Repeating History: The Ineffectiveness Of The 1973 War Powers Resolution, Kaitlyn N. Schiess Jan 2016

Repeating History: The Ineffectiveness Of The 1973 War Powers Resolution, Kaitlyn N. Schiess

Senior Honors Theses

Reluctant students often criticize the study of history as irrelevant to the present day.

In the case of one important and controversial piece of legislation, nothing could be farther from the truth. The 1973 War Powers Resolution (WPR), which places limits on presidential power to deploy troops in combat situations, has ample application to the political functioning of the United States today. Thus, investigating and studying the resolution remains relevant and important today. The WPR became law in 1973, overcoming a predictable veto by President Nixon. The legislation has consistently been a flashpoint for political controversy – eliciting criticism by both ...