Study Abroad Opportunities


Fall 2017

Professor Wei-chin Lee will be the resident faculty director at the Flow House in Fall 2017. Course offerings include Pol 114/242 and Pol 262. For further information, please contact


Summer 2016

Dr. Harriger will offer a course Comparative Politics/Law at the Flow House in Vienna.


Dr. Welsh will offer a course Politics and Literature as part of the Eurotour.

Cities we will visit: Rome, Florence, Venice, Vienna, Prague, Berlin, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, and Barcelona.




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.

Bennett Clifford – Russian (Re)centralization and its Effects on the Insurgency in the Caucasus: Dagestan, Ingushetia, Kabardino-Balkaria

Bennett-CliffordBennett Clifford’s article “Russian (Re)centralization and its Effects on the Insurgency in the Caucasus: Dagestan, Ingushetia, Kabardino-Balkaria” was published in The UC Undergraduate Journal of Slavic and East/Central European Studies. Ben is a senior in the department.

This article examines the shifting distribution of insurgency related violence in the Russian Federation’s ethnic republics in the North Caucasus region after the end of the Second Chechen War (1999–2009). In the 1990s and early 2000s, the volatile Chechen Republic was the epicenter of insurgent activity. After the cessation of formal conflict, the Chechen Republic’s neighboring states began experiencing increased rates of violence. By evaluating the effects of direct presidential appointment in the Republic of Dagestan, the Republic of Ingushetia, and the Kabardino-Balkar Republic, I seek to demonstrate that there has been a change in the nature of insurgent violence in the North Caucasus. More specifically, the epicenter of tensions has shifted away from the Chechen Republic toward its neighboring republics as a result of Russia’s “power vertical” federalist policies, which divest governing power from local governments in favor of centralized control by Moscow. This strategy was first used by the Russian Federation in managing the Chechen Republic, but has subsequently been applied to other republics as well with deleterious effects on stability. Due to the overwhelming ethnic, religious, and political complexity of these republics, the current “top-down” model of federal governance creates the kind of sociopolitical conditions (e.g., clan-based competition, corruption, and ethnic conflict) that are most likely to spark insurgent reactions.

The article is available on