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International Relations

Thesis Awards

Class 2015 IR Honors Students

Mark and Betty Garrison Prize

Awarded for the best thesis in international relations, foreign policy analysis, or diplomatic history. The prize honors the work of Mark and Betty Garrison who helped create the Center for Foreign Policy Development (CFPD) at Brown University in 1981. A plaque bearing the names of the recipients hangs in the instructional programs suite of the Watson Institute for International Studies.  

2015 - Tomonobu Kumahira "Modeling Internet-based Citizen Activism and Foreign Policy: The Islands Dispute between China and Japan"
2014 - Hannah Braun "A Critical Approach to Energy Security: The Field of National Practice in Poland and Germany"
2013 - Jorge Tamames "A Crisis of Consensus: Legacies of the Spanish Transition, 1975-2013"
2012 - Sarah Wilbanks "Cherry-Picked Humanitarian Interventions: A Complexity Approach to Explaining Libya 2011"

Samuel C. Lamport Prize

Awarded for the best thesis on international understanding with an emphasis on cooperation and tolerance.

2015 - Emma Strother "Political Economy and Global Arts for Social Change: A Comparative Analysis of Youth Orchestras in Venezuela and
           Chile "
2014 - Galen Hunt "The People Business: Revisiting the Function of Networks in the Practice of Human Smuggling"
2013 - Vanes Ibric "The Selectivity and Inconsistency of Security Council-Authorized Humanitarian Intervention: Explaining Syria in Light of Libya"
            Ana Carolina Barry Laso "Explaining Social Inclusion Policies: Emergence Theory and the Case of Brazil (1988-2013) "
2012 - Julia Sheehy-Chan "Government Strategy Behind Religious Conflict: Explaining Violence Against Christians in Egypt and Jordan"

Watson Institute Outstanding Thesis Award

For the best IR thesis related to the Institute’s core research areas of security, development, or governance.

2015 - Yelena Bidé "Social Movements and Processes of Political Change: The Political Outcomes of the Chilean Student Movement, 2011
            2015 "
2014 - Youbin Kang "Manual Intervention: A Path-dependency Analysis of the Influence of Values in Three Private Voluntary Initiatives"

Watson Senior Thesis Research Travel Grants

Awarded to concentrators in International Relations (IR), Development Studies (DS), and Public Policy who need to travel to conduct fieldwork for an approved senior thesis.

2015 -  James Janison "Modeling Hegemony: the Impact of Geopolitics on Georgian-Russian Trade Flows"
             Aida Palma Carpio
 "The making of the Chinese "paisano": Communities in Guadalajara, Mexico"
2014 - Yelena Bide "Social Movements and Processes of Political Change: The Political Outcomes of the Chilean Student Movement, 2011
            2015 ." Yelena conducted research in Chile on the Chilean student movement.
           Guo Jin Daryl Eng "International Institutions and State Leverage: IMF Program Design and Implementation in Argentina, 1991
           2002." Daryl conducted research in Buenos Aires for his thesis on economic plans in Argentina, 1985-2002.
2013 - Felice Feit “Crossing Borders: The Trans-nationality of North African Human Rights Movements.” Felice traveled to Cairo, Eqypt, to
            interview women’s rights activists. 
            Youbin Kang “Fashion, Ethics, and Nationality: Explaining Cross-border Solidarity within the Garment Industry.” Youbin will conduct
            research at Alta Gracia, the first living wage factory in the Dominican Republic.
            Justin Lee "The Cross-Strait Political Implications of Trade Agreements between Taiwan and China.” Justin traveled to Taipei to conduct
            research at the Department of Public Finance at National Chengchi University and at the Republic of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Brown University Distinguished Senior Thesis Award

Recognizes exemplary senior thesis projects by undergraduate students across the university.

2014 - Hannah Braun "A Critical Approach to Energy Security: The Field of National Practice in Poland and Germany"

Ying-Mao and Anna Kau Thesis Prize 

Awarded for the best thesis in East Asian Politics and Peace.

2014 - Justin Crist Lee "Challenging the Relationship between Institutions and Economic Integration: The Path to Cross-Strait Commerce"