Active Measures is the student-run academic journal of The Institute of World Politics.  Its name refers to a set of influence operations and propaganda — disinformation and deception — used by the Soviet Union to persuade and to have a strategic impact.

Motivations of an Ideologue: A Case Study of Cuban Spy Ana Belen Montes

The article below was published in the Spring 2019 edition of Active Measures, IWP’s student journal.  This paper discusses the unique motivations of spy Ana Belen Montes, former military analyst for the DIA who spied on behalf of the Cuban government for over 16 years. The paper highlights the differences between Montes and other notable…

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Mexican Transnational Criminal Organizations’ Exploitation of the Sonoran Desert and the Tohono O’odham Nation

The article below was published in the Spring 2019 edition of Active Measures, IWP’s student journal.  This paper will discuss the Mexican Transnational Criminal Organizations’ (TCOs) use of the Sonoran Desert in order to smuggle illegal drugs across the United States-Mexico border, specifically between the Tohono O’odham Nation’s portion of the Arizona and Sonora borders.…

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The United States’ Response to Corruption in Afghanistan

The article below was published in the Spring 2018 edition of Active Measures, IWP’s student journal.  This paper offers an analysis of how systemic corruption impacted U.S. nation building efforts in Afghanistan, and briefly overviews how corruption has grown in and impacted Afghan politics since the days of the Soviet invasion. The paper then looks at anti-corruption…

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Beijing’s Hegemonic Inhibition: Asia’s Foreboding Geopolitics and China’s Grand Strategy

The article below was published in the Spring 2018 edition of Active Measures, IWP’s student journal.  Contemporary scholarship of international relations commonly promotes the idea of Chinese power ascendancy and the subsequent erosion of U.S. primacy. These analyses regularly ignore geography in great-power calculations. Where the United States is blessed with abundant geographic benefits and…

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Growing Challenges in the Republic of Serbia Towards European Union Accession

The article below was published in the Spring 2018 edition of Active Measures, IWP’s student journal.  This essay will analyze the accession steps of the Republic of Serbia towards European Union membership and the emerging challenges that may undermine Serbia’s commitment to this objective. These emerging challenges include the Serbian leadership’s blatant disrespect for certain…

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