Student Capstone Research

Global Affairs students have pursued a wide range of research questions for their senior capstone projects. Here is the list of capstone topics from the first three cohorts of Global Affairs majors:

    Class of 2017:
        1. Japan’s Post-Conflict Economic Diversion to the ASEAN Region
        2. Nationalist Protests, Authoritarian Signaling, and Crisis Bargaining: Vietnamese Nationalism, China & the South China Sea Conflict
        3. Measuring the Menstrual Stigma: The Correlation between Menstrual Hygiene Management and Secondary Education in Nepal
        4. Solving the Puzzle of Chinese Foreign Policy in Africa
        5. The Evolution of Japan’s Foreign Aid Policy in the face of a Rising China
        6. The Role of Ideology in the Processes of Political Legitimization of Armed Insurgencies: A Case Study Exploration of Columbia’s Armed Insurgent Groups
        7. Evaluating the Significance of Degrading Links in al-Qaeda
        8. Normative Transfer from the International to the Domestic: Japan’s Level of Adherence to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
        9. Japan’s Regional HA/DR Cooperation Efforts – U.S. Involvement, China’s Foreign Policy Responses, and Strategic Implications for Japan
      Class of 2018:
        1. Female Political Participation in Indonesia: Electoral Success and Incumbency
        2. Migration Infrastructures behind New Migration Flows
        3. Right-wing Politics and Multiculturalism in the UK
        4. Upsetting the Normalcy: China’s Reactive Assertiveness to US Involvement in the South China Sea
        5. Investigating the Effectiveness of Omni-Enmeshment in Southeast Asia
        6. The Cybernetics Model and Status Seeking Strategies in China (*Winner of the Tan Ming Seng Prize for Chinese Studies)
        7. Microfinance for India’s Poorest: A Randomised Control Trial for Avanti Finance (Policy Outcome Capstone)
        8. Barriers to Access to Healthcare for FDWs in Singapore
        9. Between Altruism, Need, and Strategy
        10. Government and Corporate Gender Quotas: A European Case Study Analysis
      Class of 2019:
        1. Profit or Food Security?: Chinese Agricultural Investment in Australia
        2. Diagnosing the Belt and Road Initiative in Malaysia: China's Intentional Design or Poor Implementation
        3. Rethinking Return: The Rohingya Refugee Crisis and Possibility of Repatriation
        4. Conflicting Loyalties: A Photojournalistic Inquiry into Hong Kong's Public Space
        5. Bandwagoning for Autonomy: Cambodia's Relations with China and the US since 1997
        6. Unity through Cuisine: Food as a Tool of Nation Building and National Identity in Singapore
        7. Understanding his Excellency's Visit: Applying Social Science Fiction to Dictatorships
        8. Corruption's Intersection with Electoral Margins of Victory: A Study of Single-Party Dominant States
        9. After Insurgency: Coalition Forces and Violence in Post-Conflict Environments
        10. Is Made in Japan Drowning?: Platform Strategies of Japanese Water Utility Companies
      Class of 2020:  
        1. Populism and Foreign Policy in Southeast Asia: The Cases of Joko Widodo and Rodrigo Duterte
        2. Signaling in Chinese Foreign Policy: Role of Nationalism on Social Media
        3. Regime Insecurity and Norm Adoption: The Impact of Domestic Politics on State Socialisation
        4. Big Brother of the Region: An Examination of Regional Hegemons' Treatment of Subordinate States
        5. Fight or Flight: Civil Airspace Disputes and Why They Occur
        6. Gender Stereotypes and Their Effects on Women Politicians and Democracy in South Korea
        7. The State and Well-Being of Immigrants: Case of Marriage Migrant Women in South Korea
        8. Effects of Border Crossing Frequency and Ethnicity on the Integration of Malaysian Workers in Singapore
        9. Examining the Effect of Chaebol Endorsement on Voting Behavior in South Korea