The United States, Mexico and the International Drug Trade – Cartels


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In my paper, which may be found here – https://sites.google.com/a/bucknell.edu/biz-gov-soc/research-for-white-papers/white-paper-archives-or-sources, I aimed to show the current state of the international drug trade on both sides of the U.S./Mexican border. My focus was on cartels – namely their violence, corruption, intelligence networks, and innovations. Cartels, and specifically the Sinaloa cartel that I used as a case study, are some of the most successful criminal organization in the history of mankind. My goal was to show the effect they have in both Mexico and the United States and what could be done from a policy stand point in order to thwart their ativities.

Cartels seem cool in the movies like Traffic and showsl ike breaking bad, but they are actually essentially modern-day terrorists. They are the most violent and organzied crminial entities in the world and they seek to make every single dollar they can on any violent or business tactic they can think of. I was happy with the policy recomendations I suggested and I look forward to a day where Mexico is a safer place with little corruption and where the United States is not the #1 user of illegal drugs in the world.

Restoring the NCAA


 

You can hardly turn on any television station these days without hearing about some violation or wrongdoing in the NCAA.  If you’re like me (a daily viewer of ESPN and Sportscenter, that is), then you probably see stories like this way more often than you can take.  It almost seems like any mention of the NCAA is a kiss of death at this point.  While the NCAA has always appeared to have good intentions, the execution of some of its ideas has fallen short in recent years.

A few days ago, I told a friend that I was writing a paper about the current state of the NCAA and the changes that should be made.  His response?  “The NCAA? Oh yeah, it’s nothing but corruption and doom.”  Responses like this are exactly the reasons why I chose to explore this topic further.  As a student-athlete myself, I thought the topic really hit close to home.  Check out the paper if you love sports and can never hear enough about the crazy things some people did (i.e. Derrick Rose having somebody else take his SAT).  Check out the paper if you hate sports (you’ll get to hear what the NCAA has been doing wrong).  Either way, check it out.

 

White Paper Proposal #3 – State of the NCAA


 

 

Well, as I was going over my white paper so that I can add it to the blog later, I realized that I never actually posted my third WP proposal.  So here it is.  Better late than never…

At first, I struggled to think about how I would execute the government proposal.  I wasn’t really sure where I should look.  As I began reading up on the NCAA, though, I decided to try to find an article about its relationship with the United States Justice Department. Continue reading

Human Trafficking: A Global Concern teaser


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Human trafficking is often thought of as a taboo topic. People know it happens, yet there is very little done to prevent it. Within the United States only 10% of police stations are equipped to deal with cases of human trafficking. If the United States, of the largest distribution countries, is ill prepared, imagine what protocols third world countries have in place. Human trafficking is not a crime which discriminates against gender, race, economic status, or age; over 161 countries have also come forward stating that there have been incidents concerning human trafficking. In order to fully understand this horrific crime, it is important to understand the statistics, to understand the victims and their stories. There are offices, offices such as the Office of Higher Commissioner for Human Rights, which can help save these victims from a life of slavery. This White Paper offers enlightening information and insightful recommendations to help combat the traffickers in order to save millions of lives.

 

Child Soldiers White Paper Teaser


In my French class this semester, Francophone Africa, we read a 400-page novel entitled, Johnny Chien Méchant, translated to mean Johnny Mad Dog. The plot follows a 16-year-old boy, recruited into the army at a young age, who desperately searches for his individual identity beneath the overwhelming presence of a militant organization. The psychological journey of this teen both fascinated and saddened me. I decided to delve deeper into the conflict of child soldiers to learn about the current regulation, prospects for improvement and the overall environment of the problem. Continue reading

White Paper Proposal 3: Business


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The individual insurance mandate is applicable to virtually every American business, so I must evaluate the American insurance market as a whole as opposed to just one specific business/company.  The source that I will be utilizing in order to do this is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce website.  Although this source tends to lean to the right, it does offer valuable insights and opinions regarding the positives and negatives of the mandate as well as suggestions for the future. Continue reading

White Paper Proposal #2 – Amending the NCAA Business Model


After thinking about my white paper topic more deeply, and after some feedback from Jordi, I realized that the possibility of paying college athletes is not the issue in question but rather a possible solution to the existing issue.  I realized that the real problem is the deteriorating structure of, and as this Sports Illustrated article posits, the failing business model of the NCAA. Continue reading

Proposal 2: Who is benefiting from Human Trafficking?


In my first proposal, I primarily discussed the societal and governmental aspects of human trafficking. As you can probably assume, there is not much information concerning the business side because the majority of financial information is done through underground channels. For this proposal, I am going to focus on some of the information I found regarding where the money from human trafficking goes. Who uses it and who benefits from it.

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