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Capstone Projects

All Fletcher students must complete a capstone project during their final year. The capstone project must evidence scholarly and/or professional analysis informed by the sustained and appropriate application of analytical methodologies. The capstone project is a significant analytical piece of work: it represents work of a higher standard than what is normally expected of a term paper and provides an opportunity for students to draw on their methodological, analytical, and substantive learning in a comprehensive written study.

While all capstone projects are alike in that they must build on significant analytical work and consist of a written final product, the specific form of the final product can differ widely. Students and faculty may choose these different forms in pursuit of their different pedagogical aims, specific career goals, etc. Students are encouraged to make clear arrangements with supervising faculty early on about what the mutual expectations are of the capstone project. Learn more here.

Please see the examples of previous capstones pertaining to Russia and Eurasia below:

 

Attraction Underminded: Examining Russian Soft Power and Levers of Influence in Ukraine (Markian Kuzmowycz, 2019)

Khrushchev in the Cornfields: How an Iowa Corn Farmer Befriended the Soviet Premier, Modernized Russian Agriculture, and Warmed the Cold War (Jacob Hill, 2019)

Medium- & Long-term Prospects for Advancing US Georgia Security Cooperation (Zviad Adzinbaia, 2018)

Deliberate Warfare: Destruction of Cultural Property During Armed Conflict in Bosnia & Armenia (Mariya Ilyas, 2018)

The Baltic Centre For Media Excellence: a Case Study On Media Literacy As a Tool Against Russian Disinformation (Cynthia Garcia, 2018)

Russian Foreign Policy and Putin’s Fear of Revolution (Speed Elliott Estebo, 2015)

The Socialist Construction of the Moscow Theater Festival 1933-1937 (Michael Leonard Kersey Morris, 2012)

The Southern Energy Corridor. Competition and Cooperation for Natural Gas Transportation in the Black Sea and Caspian Region (Liam P. Hardy, 2012)

The Dawn of a New Arctic Chessboard (Elizabeth Deheza, 2010)

Azerbaijan and Israel. Oil Islam and Strawberries: Pragmatism in Foreign Policy Between Unlikely Allies (Robert Marcus, 2009)

Prospect of Energy Link Between Central Asia and China. A Study on the Development of “Energy Silk Route,” the Turkmenistan-China Pipeline (Masato Kamiya, 2009)

Geopolitics of Energy in the Caspian Sea Region. Azerbaijan’s Challenges (Ilgar Mammadov, 2009)

Media Independence. Variables Affecting Freedom of the Press: Cross-Country Regression Analysis with Implications on Russian Media (Armine Simonyan, 2007)

Towards a New Model of Cooperative Development. Enhancing and Leveraging the Benefits of FDI for Emerging Economies (Sylvia Ciesluk, 2007)

Oil, Democracy and the Globalization of the Nagorno Karabakh Conflict (Hilary Sienrukos, 2007)

Time to Restructure the Ukrainian National Association. Here’s Why and How (Damian Olesnycky, 2007)

Terror-Crime Nexus. Terrorism and Arms, Drug, and Human Trafficking in Georgia (Colleen Traughber, 2007)

Misreading Moscow: Toward a New Interpretation of Russian Peacekeeping in the Early 1990s (Kristina Jeffers Thesis, 2006)

The Invisible Enemy: Suicide Terrorism in Chechnya and Sri Lanka (Jillian Manekas, 2006)

Strengthening the Nuclear Biological and Chemical Weapons Nonproliferation Regimes (Devin D. Jessee, 2005)

Emergence of New Political Identity in the South Caucasus. Energy, Security, Strategic Location and Pragmatism (Elin Suleymanov, 2004)

The Forty Year Crisis: Berlin (1948-1989) (Daniele Cosson-Schere, 2001)