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Our organization will walk cohort members through the steps of writing a quality research paper over the course of a semester. Our content is published in both digital and physical formats.

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Every semester, cohorts engage in research papers, policy discussions, social events, and team-building. MFPC offers a welcoming group of passionate individuals interested in research and foreign policy.

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A Week In The Life at MFPC

Research Groups

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Climate & Energy

Climate change, natural disasters, and the transition to renewable energy sources is of great importance in U.S. foreign policy objectives. This group’s focus ranges from clean energy to sustainable infrastructure and finance.

Example Research Papers from Previous Journals:

  • Vol 6: Geopolitics and Energy: The Evolving Sino-Russian Relationship
  • Vol 5.1: An Analysis of Electric Vehicle Policies in China, France, and the United States

Global Health

Especially in the recovery stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, discussion surrounding global health and pandemic preparedness dominates international forums and agreements. Our global health group researches vaccine diplomacy, access to natural resources, and technology sharing for the advancement of public health.

Example Research Papers from Previous Journals:

  • Vol 6. Issue 1: Investigating Regional and International Policy Response Successes and Failures to the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Eswatini: A Case Study
  • Vol 4. Issue 2: The Pandemic is Here: How Governments Succeeded and Failed to Control COVID-19 Outbreaks

National Security

Our most popular group, the research of our national security group bleeds into all facets of foreign policy analysis. From arms sales to cyber security breaches, terrorism, and hostile adversary nations, understand the forces at play domestically or abroad that routinely threaten a nation’s sovereignty. 

Example Research Papers from Previous Journals:

  • Vol 6. Issue 1: The Costs of Civil War in a Globalizing World: A Case Study of Sri Lanka
  • Vol 3. Issue 2: The Kurdish Independence Movement and its Relationship with Turkey, Iraq, Iran, and Syria

Trade & Economy

Economics bleeds into all sectors of foreign policy crafting and international relationships. Semiconductor policy crafting, implicit and explicit economic coercion, and international aid for economic development are some previous topics of focus for this group’s research.

Example Research Papers from Previous Journals:

  • Vol 5 Issue 1: Does Money Talk? Evaluating the Germany-China Relationship Through Economic and Diplomatic Lenses
  • Vol 6. Issue 1: The Human and Economic Consequences of U.S. Arms Sales to the Middle East and Central Asia

Human Rights

This group’s previous research topics touch on women’s rights abroad, access to media and freedom of expression, and means the United States has pursued unilaterally or multilaterally to advance human rights abroad.

Example Research Papers from Previous Journals:

  • Vol 5. Issue 1: Lasting Impacts of Freedom Decay in Hong Kong
  • Vol 6. Issue 2: Evaluating the Role of Education and Gang Violence on Femicide Rates in El Salvador and Honduras

Tech & Innovation

In the digital age, technology and innovation will continue to drive U.S. policy vested in security, economics, and general global prosperity. This group launches in Fall of 2022, and research topics might range from biotechnology to digital currencies, surveillance states, and international space capabilities, as they relate to foreign policy.

Policy Proposals

Experienced researchers take on a eight to ten page solo project when tackling a policy proposal. Topics vary based on personal interests, and each semester there are six to eight completed policy proposals. 

Example Proposals from Previous Journals:

  • Vol 6 Issue 1: Combatting Corruption: Establishing U.S.-Sponsored Anti-Corruption Institutions in Mongolia
  • Vol 6. Issue 2: Reducing Disparities in Renewable Energy Development Within the Pan-Arab Clean Energy Initiative
  • Vol 6 Issue 2: Volatile Vaccines: Depoliticizing Immunization Campaigns in Afghanistan

A Week In The life at MFPC

Monday

Our weekly meetings take place on Mondays; we'll typically have a policy discussion, a research teaching discussion, and some time to check in with groups, editors, and the executive board.

Tuesday - Thursday

Throughout the week, researchers are responsible for setting up separate meeting times & check-ins with their editors. We estimate each research analyst puts in 1-2 hours weekly for their research.

Friday

'Stages' of the research paper are typically due weekly on Fridays, albeit with some exceptions. MFPC emphasizes punctuality and communication regarding deadlines while balancing accomodations.

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Climate & Energy

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Global Health

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