Back 2 School Featured Papers – Week 3

Dear Reader,

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, crisis is defined as “an unstable or crucial time or state of affairs in which a decisive change is impending”. A crisis can be a blackhole of volatility where decision makers are left with limited time to make critical choices. This week’s three papers feature unique crises that may not grab news headlines but demand attention by the policy making community.

Our authors this week are: Bridget Fahy (MGP 2023), Shamim Butt-Garcia (MAIA 2022), and Vahe Minasyan (MAIA 2022). Fahy argues that a decline in international adoptions and the impediments posed by international organizations may be beneficial to domestic social service policy. In her analysis, Butt-Garcia details the Trump administration response to the crisis at the US Southern Border and the mistreatment of migrants. Finally, Minasyan examines the 2017-2021 Qatar diplomatic crisis and the role of Arabic media organizations in worsening the dispute.

Here are the links to this week’s papers:

International Organizations’ Role in Preventing Malpractices within the Intercountry Adoption Network

By Bridget Fahy

Migrant Family Separations During the Trump Administration 

By Shamim E. Butt-Garcia

The Qatar Crisis: Beyond the Qatar-Iran-Terrorism Framework

By Vahe Minasyan

Each week, we have sought to publish thought-provoking and insightful analyses into ongoing issues facing the world. In a polarized environment, differences of opinion are plenty. If you read a paper on the Atlas you disagree with, we would be interested in publishing your criticisms. Academic debate will always find a welcome home at the Atlas. 

Until next week!


Eduard J. Miska