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Department of Politics and International Affairs
Wake Forest University
Kirby Hall 314A
P.O. Box 7568, Winston-Salem, NC 27109
Phone: (336) 758.5449 | FAX: (336) 758.6104 | Email: wfupol@wfu.edu



Valeria Villa attends West Point Conference

Valeria-VillaI was afforded the opportunity of representing Wake Forest University’s Politics and International Affairs department at the 67th annual Student Conference on United States Affairs hosted by West Point Military Academy in November 2015.  I encountered students and scholars from all over the world with various academic backgrounds to create dialogue between civilians and military personnel from different branches.  The topic this year was”Confronting Inequality:  Wealth, Rights and Power.”

The delegates were separated into different sub-topics related to the subject of inequality and my round table discussion focused on the issue of free trade in light of the recently approved Transpacific Partnership (TPP). We presented a paper which exposed the various ways in which the TPP closed some forms of inequality while expanding others.  We demonstrated our research to all the attending delegates in a final skit which included comedic interpretative dance.  In addition to the round table discussions, I got the chance to see first Madam Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright speak on the issue of inequality.  It was an incredibly eye-opening, academically enriching, and personally-rewarding experience that I will remember fondly for years to come.


Graduate Jacqueline Sutherland in the News

Jacqueline Sutherland was interviewed in her role as a counter terrorism expert. After graduating with a major in Politics and International Affairs from Wake Forest University in 2014, she received a Master’s Degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2015. She currently works as a Research Fellow for the Combating Terrorism Working Group of the London-based Asia-Pacific Foundation. The interview can be found on CTV News.

Bennett Clifford – Reassessment of Geostrategic Threats From the North Caucasus for the Republic of Georgia’s Foreign Policy

Bennett-CliffordSenior Bennett Clifford conducted research in Georgia in summer 2015. The research was supported by a Richter Scholarship and the findings have been published by the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies as part of its Expert Opinion Series. Congratulations Ben!

Bennett Clifford. Reassessment of Geostrategic Threats From the North Caucasus for the Republic of Georgia’s Foreign Policy. Expert Opinion No. 46. GFSIS. 2015. 28 p.