Project title: Abandoning the Bomb and Embracing the Pen: How and Why Ethnonationalist Terrorist Organizations Adopt Non-Violent Tactics
Mentor: Sean Giovanello
This past spring semester I worked on my first case study reviewing the Basque Peace Process by examining the behavior of Euskadi Ta Askatasuna in both a historical and contemporary context. Since the beginning of February, I have completed an introduction, a historical background section on ETA, a literature review on ethnonationalist terrorism in conjunction with ETA, and I am currently completing the case presentation. The case presentation is composed of three portions: 1) Domestic institutional responses and political context, 2) International institutional responses and political context, 3) Role of public opinion and the media. I have written just over 25 pages and I am aiming to complete this entire manuscript by my first deadline of July 1st, in order to apply to present this case study at an annual conference hosted by the Georgia Political Science Association in the Fall. I am also looking to apply to present at another conference in the fall, ISA South, by a deadline of August 3rd. On a related note, I also completed my Honors Thesis Proposal, and submitted to the Honors committee. It was approved. I contacted a Basque peace building coalition (Lokarri) in April, and may have opened the possibility of a post-graduate internship in the Basque Country. I also communicated with the spokesman for Sortu (the newest Basque pro-independence/ anti-violence political coalition) and have established a contact, which could be helpful down the road this upcoming semester.
Dr. Ann J. Cahill
Professor of Philosophy
Spence Pavilion 111
2340 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
Phone: (336) 278-5703
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