Modus Vivendi

Modus Vivendi

Modus Vivendi is the peer-reviewed student journal of international studies at Rhodes College. Published under the auspices of the Sigma Iota Rho honor society, the editorial staff of the journal selects 5-7 articles a year among those submitted anonymously by students. All students are welcome to submit—selection is not limited to IS majors or students enrolled in IS courses. Modus Vivendi has been a tradition in the department since 1995.

Students also have the opportunity to join the editorial board of the national Sigma Iota Rho journal, Journal of International Relations, and submit articles there for review and possible publication. IS students from Rhodes College have an excellent track record of publishing in this journal and working on this board.

Volume XXIII, Spring 2017

Table of Contents

To Be or Not to Be: The Radicalization of Indigenous Environmental Social Movements in the United States
   Meaghan Waff

Understanding U.S. Rapprochement with Cuba through the Lens of Punctuated Equilibrium Theory
   Lucy Right 25 

The New Geopolitics: A Comparative Analysis of Artificial Island Construction in China and Dubai
   Etta Danielson 40 

Exploitation and Denial of Citizenship: Applying Marxist Revolution Theory to the Problems of the Kafala System in Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates
   Simon Boles 55

The Impact of Periods of Political Unrest as an Avenue for Low Fertility Rates in a Country
   Kelsea Lewis 66

Social Movement Theory Applied to the 2011 Libyan Revolution
   Anna Maldonado 80

Cover photography taken by Hallie Green, Class of 2018, in Peru.