Jackson School Journal
of International Studies

Archive for April, 2013

Volume 4 Number 1 – Autumn 2012


Expert Insights

Interviews with Stéphane Dujarric and Joe Lauria


For this issue’s Expert Insights, the Jackson School Journal had the pleasure to interview two outstanding individuals in international communications and journalism. The Journal sat down with former UN spokesperson and current Director of News and Media for the UN’s Department of Public Information Stéphane Dujarric and New York- based independent foreign affairs correspondent, Joe Lauria. Mr. Lauria’s articles have appeared in the Boston Globe, Bloomberg News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Daily Telegraph and other publications.
In the following interviews, Mr. Dujarric candidly speaks about his personal experience working at the UN and offers his thoughts on working at the UN, consuming media wisely and the critical issue of digital human rights in the age of social media. His interview concludes with perspectives on the future of the UN and specific advice for Jackson School students. Mr. Lauria analyses the current situation in Syria and draws attention to the Cold War thinking that he argues is entrenched in American
foreign policy in the Middle East today––a mindset that was born in the era of Henry M. Jackson himself.

Volume 4 Number 1 – Spring 2013

Mohammad Bilal Nasir

The Dawn of Imran Khan

The Electoral Failure of Islamism and Pakistan’s Post-Islamist Turn


“As hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis inundated the cities of Lahore and Karachi to hear the rising cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan speak, commentators and politicians alike were baffled: how did the peripheral figure and his respective party become a formidable voice in Pakistan’s politics within a few months? This paper will argue that the ascension of Imran Khan’s party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf, can be attributed to its adoption of a post-Islamist rhetoric of religiosity and rights, which became publicly appealing following the formation and failure of the Islamist conglomerate, the Muttahida Majles-e-Amal. As post-colonial Pakistan’s institutional divide between the political elites of the state and the cultural religious groups of the public sphere has remain fixed throughout Islamism’s political tenures, Pakistan is experiencing a post-Islamist turn, where a novel relationship between political institutions and the public sphere is being negotiated. In conclusion, this paper will analyze Imran Khan’s political speeches in Lahore and Karachi and convey how his rhetoric is attractive, unique, and post-Islamist.

Volume 4 Number 1 – Spring 2013

Sara Alstrom

Old War, Nuanced Soldiers

‘Generational Borderlands’ in the Chilean University Movement


The infamous dictator Augusto Pinochet came to power through a bloody coup on September 11, 1973, and drastically changed the face of the Chilean government. His regime instituted strict policies of neoliberalism that led to the privatization of the university system. Forty years after the coup, many of these policies remain in place, untouched and accepted as the reasons behind Chile’s ‘economic miracle’ of South America. However, tensions resulting from these neoliberal policies, specifically in the University system, fomented a recent eruption of political activism in May of 2011. Why is it that Chile, one of the most economically ‘successful’ countries in South America and the ‘pride’ of the IMF and World Bank models, is seeing the rise of a powerful student movement against neoliberal legacies? My research juxtaposes the master narrative of Chile as a ‘model country’, in terms of hegemonic modernity, against the experiences of the Chilean university students who have fought to challenge it. I argue that the catalyst behind the student movement can be in part explained by the legacies of Pinochet’s repression and the political struggles of past generations. This contradictory temporal space forms a ‘generational borderland’. These generational ruptures, combined with the legacies of repression, have led to the emergence of new forms of innovative and marketable protest, cultivated longevity for the movement through the mistrust of politicians, and inspired a reinvigoration of the Communist Party of Chile.

Volume 4 Number 1 – Spring 2013

Dena Seabrook

Voluntourism in Nepal

The Ethical Implications of Visiting Medical Aid Groups


Voluntourism is an increasingly prevalent approach to international travel that combines typical tourist activities with some type of service project in a developing country. Voluntourism opportunities in the medical field have especially grown in popularity among high school and university students. Academic literature suggests that medical volunteer trips have brought about a host of issues in developing countries such as unethical medical practices, creating dependencies on foreign assistance, altering healthcare seeking behaviors, and impeding the development of the domestic health care system. My own exposure to Nepal through fifteen weeks studying abroad and interviews I conducted with I/NGO staff in the Nepalese health sector validated these findings. With all of the resources that have been channeled into medical voluntourism programs designed to alleviate health issues, why do these programs often serve to worsen the health situation in developing countries? Using Nepal as a case study, I examine this issue and argue that due to the economic incentives underlying the programs, the lack of follow-up care, and the focus on provision of relief services, medical voluntourism is detrimental to the development of a functioning health care system in developing countries. Regardless of whether it is founded on good intentions, medical voluntourism too often results in inappropriate responses that are not in line with the actual needs of the locals. Potential voluntourists would do well to question the efficacy and legitimacy of these programs.

The Jackson School Journal is gearing up for another publication round, and we want to publish YOU!

We are currently accepting submissions for our Autumn 2013 issue. We accept research papers and policy papers, and generally look for submissions about 10-15 double-spaced pages in length, though you’re welcome to submit something shorter or longer. Submissions go through a double-blind peer review process, and if your piece is selected you get the chance to work closely with an editor and faculty members. Plus, you get to see your name in print! Submissions are due April 12, 2013.

For more information, check out the Submissions tab, or email us at jsjis@uw.edu.

The Journal is also looking for new Peer Reviewers!

The Journal depends on a core group of peer reviewers every quarter to help select pieces for publication. Our editorial board then works with authors and faculty to produce the journal. Reviewers and editors are eligible to receive 1-2 credits of SIS 499 (Independent Study) for working with the Journal. Reviewing is also a great way to get involved with the Journal, especially for those interested in applying for the Editorial Board.

For more information, check out the Reviewing tab. To become a peer reviewer, email us at jsjis@uw.edu.