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Student Capstones


The capstone project is a focused research paper that is the culmination of the Middle East Studies M.A. curriculum. The Middle East Studies capstone is designed to showcase the substantive expertise, linguistic and analytical skills students have gained throughout the course of the degree program.


Allison and Barnes - The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's Strategic Treatment and Use of Women

Al Sadiq and Wu - Evaluating Reforms in the Workforce: A Comparative Study of the Kafala System in Bahrain and Qatar

Bal - Turkey's Pursuit of Nuclear Energy: A Case Study of the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant

Breitsman and Thahir - The Next Generation: Students and Politics at Birzeit University, West Bank

Buonomo - U.S.-Iran Energy Diplomacy: An Analysis of the Potential for Renewable Energy Partnerships to Serve as a Vehicle for Detente with Iran 

Calardo - Jordan and the Solar Economy

Costigan - A Divided Iraq: Implications and Options for Turkey

Ferris and Self - Dead Men Tell No Lies: Using Martyr Data to Expose the PKK's Regional Shell Game

Fettar and Thompson-Pomeroy - The Re-Positioning of Algeria's Islamist Opposition: The Cooptation and De-Cooptation of Harakat Mujtama' Al-Silm 

Greenwood and Randall - Treading Softly: Responding to LGBTI Syrian Refugees in Jordan

Kuhn - Framing the Future: Drafting Tunisia's 2014 Constitution

Lord and Mouawad - National Security in Divided Societies: A Comparative Case Study on the Reconstruction of the Lebanese and Iraqi Armies 

Minor and Norris - Islamic Education in Minority and Majority Contexts: The Cases of Tunisia and Germany

Monti and Pattterson - Jordan's Counterterrorism Policies: Response to Complex Threats

Nichols and Kravitz - Soldiers of Abu Hilalain: An Investigation into Captagon Trafficking by Syrian War Militias and What It Means for U.S. Foreign Policy

Pezzulo - Tweeting Terror: An Examination of ISIL's Online Operations Through Rational Choice Theory

Stallings and Sun - Tunisia's Self-Defeating EZ Policy


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