Benghazi Final Project:

Below is my final project for my Intro to World Politics Class. It is an episodic analysis of the events surrounding the Battle of Benghazi of September 11th, 2012. This is an extremely long post, so I put the actual assignment under the Read More tag to make it manageable. Episode 1: The Stage Libya … Continue reading Benghazi Final Project:

Serial Episode 11 Discussion: Present for Duty

After the last episode of season two, it is a good time to look back and reflect on the beginning to better understand how opinions have changed, and understand where we are in reference to where we were. My thoughts on the events surrounding the Bergdahl case have changed since the first episode. At the … Continue reading Serial Episode 11 Discussion: Present for Duty

Serial Season 2, Episode 10 – Thorny Politics Discussion

To start this discussion off, I feel the need to comment on my sympathies in regards to Bergdahl’s case. I do not feel like I am able to say I am either sympathetic or unsympathetic to the entirety of this situation, because I switch between the two depending on the aspect of the case we … Continue reading Serial Season 2, Episode 10 – Thorny Politics Discussion

Serial Season 2: Episode 9 – Trade Secrets

This episode really illustrated the dynamics of the state system attributed to sovereignty that we have spoken on so extensively in class. We see as the Taliban demands their prisoners from Guantanamo Bay that they are not just trying to get their leaders back but they are trying to force the United States to recognize … Continue reading Serial Season 2: Episode 9 – Trade Secrets

Serial Season 2: Episodes 7 & 8 – Hindsight

These episodes delve into why Bowe Bergdahl operates the way that he does. To do this, we look at social skills, his upbringing, his self-formed moral code, and the psychological diagnosis given to Bowe by an Army psychiatrist, Christian Lang. Bowe’s closest friends and family from back home explain his struggle with social situations, and … Continue reading Serial Season 2: Episodes 7 & 8 – Hindsight