Claremont Graduate University’s13th Annual Student Research Conference and Art Exhibition                 Friday, January ...
Q U A L I TAT I V E ( S A M P L E )Violence of Action: Reconciling Just War Theory with CovertPAPER TITLE:Military Special...
Q U A L I TAT I V E ( S A M P L E )The wars of the last decade have shown a sharp increase in theuse of covert military sp...
Q U A N T I TAT I V E ( S A M P L E )Has Membership in GATT/WTO Increased Trade? Determining thePAPER TITLE:Effects of GAT...
Q U A N T I TAT I V E ( S A M P L E )In recent years, studies on the effects of multi-lateral trade agreements like GATT/W...
C A L L F O R PA P E R SSubmit your 250 word proposal online athttp://tinyurl.com/cgurazorby Wednesday, November 23, 2011N...
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Handout with both quantitative and qualitative proposal samples for next year's student research conference.

Claremont Graduate University's 13th Student Research Conference will happen in January 27th, 2012 in Claremont, CA.

More info at:
www.cgu.edu/studentconference2012

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Claremont Graduate University - Student Research Conference, Proposal Handout

  1. 1. Claremont Graduate University’s13th Annual Student Research Conference and Art Exhibition Friday, January 27, 2012 PROPOSAL SAMPLES
  2. 2. Q U A L I TAT I V E ( S A M P L E )Violence of Action: Reconciling Just War Theory with CovertPAPER TITLE:Military Special OperationsMilitary Studies; Religion; Just War TheoryDESIRED PANEL / SUBJECT AREA:The wars of the last decade have shown a sharp increase in theABSTRACT or PROPOSAL (no more than 250 words):use of covert military special operations. Some of the extremelyviolent means by which covert operations are carried out raisequestions over the moral and ethical justification for such force.This paper examines the ways U.S. special operations engagein battle through the lens of Just War Theory (JWT). Throughhistorical and qualitative analysis, this paper finds that whilethe actions of U.S. military special operations can be theoreti-cally consistent with the tenets of jus ad bellum, jus in bello andjus post bellum, practical adherence to these principles are notrealistic. This is due (1) the subjective nature of the principlesJWT’s just cause, minimal force and proportionality and (2) thereality that operators are not usually acting with perfect knowl-edge of the battlefield. Additional attention is paid to the argu-ment that what special operators perform in violence and sur-prise, they make up for in accuracy and precision which has thepotential to save more lives. © Wendt, J. - Claremont Graduate University
  3. 3. Q U A L I TAT I V E ( S A M P L E )The wars of the last decade have shown a sharp increase in theuse of covert military special operations. QUICK SENTENCE INTRODUCINGSome of the extremely violent means by which covert opera- THE FIELD OF STUDYtions are carried out raise questions over the moral and ethicaljustification for such force. E X P L A N AT I O N O F R E S E A R C H P R O B L E M / P U Z Z L EThis paper examines the ways U.S. special operations engage in THIS PHENOMENON RAISES QUESTIONSbattle through the lens of Just War Theory (JWT). E X P L A N AT I O N O F W H AT P A P E RThrough historical and qualitative analysis, this paper finds that INTENDS TO ACCOMPLISHwhile the actions of U.S. military special operations can be theo-retically consistent with the tenets of jus ad bellum, jus in belloand jus post bellum, practical adherence to these principles arenot realistic. This is due (1) the subjective nature of the prin-ciples JWT’s just cause, minimal force and proportionality and(2) the reality that operators are not usually acting with perfectknowledge of the battlefield. Additional attention is paid to theargument that what special operators perform in violence andsurprise, they make up for in accuracy and precision which hasthe potential to save more lives. B R I E F E X P L A N AT I O N O F F I N D I N G S O R W H AT W E I N T E N D T O F I N D © Wendt, J. - Claremont Graduate University
  4. 4. Q U A N T I TAT I V E ( S A M P L E )Has Membership in GATT/WTO Increased Trade? Determining thePAPER TITLE:Effects of GATT/WTO Membership on TradeInternational Political Economy; International TradeDESIRED PANEL / SUBJECT AREA:In recent years, studies on the effects of multi-lateral trade agree-ABSTRACT or PROPOSAL (no more than 250 words):ments like GATT/WTO on trade have been ubiquitous. The findingsof these studies have been as diverse as the approaches, which haveyielded everything from no effect on trade (Rose 2004), some ef-fect on trade with uneven benefits (Tomz, Goldstein, Rivers 2005;Gowa and Kim 2005) to significant effects on bi-lateral trade flowsin various sectors (Grant and Lambert 2008). Many of these out-comes seem either counter-intuitive or incomplete; without ques-tion, the most mystifying results have come from Rose (2004). Were-examine Rose’s findings and propose relevant additions thatbetter capture the effects of GATT/WTO membership on trade. Weargue two main points; first, the strength of institutions and the in-ternal structures of a country are critical to whether membershipin these organizations is beneficial. Further, we support and offer abetter calibrated measure of distance within Rose’s standard gravi-ty equation. We expect to find that the ease of transportation withina country (acting as an indication of strong internal structure anddevelopment) and the measure of distance within the gravity modeldo have an impact on the effectiveness of GATT/WTO membership,though these benefits are inherently unequal among members. © Wendt, J. - Claremont Graduate University
  5. 5. Q U A N T I TAT I V E ( S A M P L E )In recent years, studies on the effects of multi-lateral trade agreements like GATT/WTOon trade have been ubiquitous. QUICK SENTENCE INTRODUCINGThe findings of these studies have been as diverse as the approaches, which have yielded THE FIELD OF STUDYeverything from no effect on trade (Rose 2004), some effect on trade with uneven ben-efits (Tomz, Goldstein, Rivers 2005; Gowa and Kim 2005) to significant effects on bi-lat-eral trade flows in various sectors (Grant and Lambert 2008). Many of these outcomesseem either counter-intuitive or incomplete; without question, the most mystifying re-sults have come from Rose (2004). E X P L A N AT I O N O F R E S E A R C H P R O B L E M / P U Z Z L EWe re-examine Rose’s findings and propose relevant additions that better capture the ef- M I X E D R E S U LT S ; O U R F I E L D N E E D S C L A R I T Yfects of GATT/WTO membership on trade. We argue two main points; first, the strengthof institutions and the internal structures of a country are critical to whether member-ship in these organizations is beneficial. Further, we support and offer a better calibratedmeasure of distance within Rose’s standard gravity equation. D E M O N S T R AT I O N O F W H AT V A L U EWe expect to find that the ease of transportation within a country (acting as an indica- WE INTENT TO ADD TO THE FIELDtion of strong internal structure and development) and the measure of distance withinthe gravity model do have an impact on the effectiveness of GATT/WTO membership,though these benefits are inherently unequal among members. B R I E F E X P L A N AT I O N O F F I N D I N G S O R W H AT W E I N T E N D T O F I N D © Wendt, J. - Claremont Graduate University
  6. 6. C A L L F O R PA P E R SSubmit your 250 word proposal online athttp://tinyurl.com/cgurazorby Wednesday, November 23, 2011Notification of acceptance will be given no laterthan Friday, December 2, 2011. There are a number of ways to become involved HOW TO PARTICIPATE in this year’s conference, including: Research Paper PRESENTING: Poster Presentation Art Exhibit Artist Talk Assemble a Panel ENCOURAGING DIALOGUE: Propose a Discussion Group Committee Member VOLUNTEERING: Volunteer www.cgu.edu/studentconference 2012 Sponsored by Claremont Graduate University and the Minority Mentor Program

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