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Special Political Science Edition of The Pulse in the Fall of 2007

Kate Boswell

Grounds for U.S. Intervention in Iraq and the Just War Tradition

This paper considers whether humanitarian reasons justify an invasion according to just war theory, and specifically examines the justice of the United States' 2003 Iraq invasion. Drawing upon the ideas of both Augustine and modern political theorist Michael Walzer, the paper also recalls instances in which Saddam Hussein's regime abused human rights in order to determine whether the United States' invasion defied or complied with just war theory.

Grace Maalouf

Fighting Fair: Applying Walzer's Jus In Bello Considerations to the Siege of Fallujah

This paper analyzes the April 2004 siege of Fallujah, Iraq, through the lens of just war criteria, as presented in Michael Walzer's Just and Unjust Wars. By applying jus in bello considerations to the siege, it is shown that primary military obligations to civilians were followed, though secondary obligations were not thoroughly fulfilled.

Abby Simpson

Migrant Labor in the Gulf States: Abuses and Impact

The migrant labor system is a significant part of life within the Gulf States. This paper addresses the possible reasons for the present demand for foreign labor and outlines some of the current abuses present within the migrant labor system. The author then considers the economic, socio-cultural, and political impact this labor will have upon the nations that use it so prevalently.

Jason Weber

Patients' Rights in Recent Constitutional Law

The primary purpose of this paper is to provide an in-depth analysis of individual liberties pertaining to the right to refuse medical treatment and to explore the advent of physician-assisted suicide. In doing so, several key cases are examined in an attempt to understand the courts' decisions on this matter. This paper seeks to outline what the court has established as constitutionally protected as well as what it has left for the states to decide.