Eckerd College students present research at prestigious international studies conference – archyde

Sydney says she is passionate about Africa and the issues of poverty, hunger and disaster management. “I want to help people,” she says, “but it’s something you have to be very careful with. You have to make sure that you don’t tell people what they need, but ask them what they need. My aim is to show that we shouldn’t be looking at where we just dump aid, but rather how to give people tools and skills.

Rebecca, a political science student from St. Petersburg, examined why some countries resettled children whose parents were aligned with the Islamic State, while other countries did not. “France had a lot of foreign fighters who left to join the Islamic State,” explains Rebecca. “Either their parents were killed or they cannot be found. This leaves the children without any citizenship. France is seeking to bring the children back, despite the association with the Islamic State.

After spending hours preparing for her presentation, Rebecca says the experience was a bit overwhelming. “A lot to prepare for, especially right after Hurricane Ian,” she says. “But I was lucky enough to be able to talk to all my teachers and know what to expect. It’s definitely a bit scary, but overall the process was really enjoyable. The next time I do that, I’ll be a lot less nervous.

Macey, a dual major in International Relations and Global Affairs and Environmental Studies from Crystal Lake, Illinois, addressed responses to genocide in the 21st century. “My research aims to understand why humanitarian and government groups respond differently to genocide in other countries,” Macey explains. “I’m focusing on the Middle East from 2014 to 2020, but it’s definitely relevant to things happening right now.”

Among his findings were that humanitarian groups react much faster than government groups, that the media plays an important role, and that governments often use the word “genocide” as a foreign policy tool to justify intervention in a region.

“The conference was a great learning opportunity,” says Macey. “Here are some undergraduate students surrounded by all these PhD students. students and teachers. Just to be seen as being on the same playing field…and everyone was helpful, listening and giving us feedback. It was great to see the kind of work other people in the field have done and where we can one day be.

That, adds Burch, is precisely what he was hoping to hear. “I was incredibly proud of all of them,” he says. “These students were presenting alongside people with additional years of training and experience, and yet they were able to present alongside them and more than defend themselves.”

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