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International Relations

SENIOR PROJECTS AND STUDENT RESEARCH

Logan Dill ’11
Do Special Emissaries More Effectively Advance the National Interest of the States than Exclusive Reliance on Diplomatic Bureaucracies? A Study of U.S. Special Emissaries’ Role in Preserving American’s National Interest
While an established system of embassies and diplomats is in place around the globe through the efforts of the Department of State, U.S. presidents have used special emissaries in times of special need and often in very public circumstances. This paper demonstrates how the Department of State has grown and evolved as the United States has recognized and defined its uses over time. It also provides a sampling of how special envoys have been used and demonstrates that, while the Department of State has become a generally respected government resource, it, unlike special envoys, is not equipped to move quickly in situations that require an immediate response or promote issues that need special attention. As American involvement in world affairs grows, we must recognize that special emissaries can more effectively advance the national interest of states than exclusive reliance on diplomatic bureaucracies.

Perri Lee Weldy ’11
Wikileaks: A Threat to U.S. National Security Regarding Pakistan?
In the summer of 2010, Wikileaks Organization leaked thousands of documents pertaining to the war in Afghanistan, known as the Afghan War Diary. At the time, the leak was one of the largest leaks of classified government documents in the history of the United States. Ms. Weldy investigated the influence of the leaks on the U.S.-Pakistan alliance and relations and on the impact on the United States’ national security regarding its relationship with Pakistan. She provided brief histories of Pakistan and U.S.-Pakistan relations before analyzing the implications of Wikileaks and specific documents leaked within the Afghan War Log.