Working Papers

Current Research

Master Thesis: “Dynamics of Deterrence in the Second Nuclear Age: Lessons from the 20th Century Applied to Contemporary East Asia”

Submitted to the Nonproliferation Review: “Preventing a Nuclear Capable Iran: Policy Options for Saudi Arabia”

Other Publications

“For the Game. For the World. For the Economy? The Sport Economics of FIFA World Cups in Germany 2006 and Brazil 2014.” Riverdale: Manhattan College. September 5, 2014.

Abstract: Brazil has been criticized by many for its application to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup and for the resulting extensive spending. Amid allegations and protests taking place during the tournament, this work attempts to assess and analyze the return on investment from the mega event for the country. The research is conducted as a comparative study of the FIFA World Cups in Germany and Brazil. Specific examples of comparable cities by size are used. The results of this paper indicate that Brazil benefited from the event through intangible assets such as image-building and self-marketing effects. Brazil and Germany provide enough after-use of the investment made in relation to the tournament with the Cup having a slightly greater impact on Brazil’s developing economy than on Germany’s developed economy. This study contributes to the literature of modern sports economics and can benefit researchers and policy makers interested in the economics of the World Cup.

“Economic Boom at the Tremendous Expense of Environment and Society: The Contempt of Environmental Laws and Standards by Chinese Companies.” Geneva: Covalence EthicalQuote. July 18, 2013.

Abstract: There is no question about China’s enormous role in the world economy. The questions are; how did the Chinese gained such growth and important role? What are the key players to draw multiple western companies to invest in and shift production to China? And what are the drawbacks of the tremendous industry? The latter will be the main focus of this paper, particularly the role of pollution. It is certain that China’s regulations and standards heavily differ from developed countries. China is still considered a developing country inter alia because of its low per capita income and regions of high poverty rate. For many people in poverty the living conditions will not change soon, but in fact will get worse because of ignorance of Chinese companies. The Chinese government, companies and industries sacrifice the sustainability of the environment to reach an economic boom, causing tremendous damages on civil society. The environment and lower class people are paying a high price for Chinese authorities and leaders. The paper highlights some example of their effect through pollution on civil society, but also looks into the efforts of China to environment protection.