The ISP, or Independent Study Project, is written by students from the undergraduate programs of SIT Study Abroad and relates to a program theme. Using primary sources students choose topics with a manageable focus that can be carried out in a variety of settings, such as schools, nongovernmental organizations or field research stations. During the independent study period students work closely with a project advisor and other key contacts in the field. The ISP is typically a 20- to 40-page paper presented to student colleagues, the academic director and, often, the advisor and other interested host-country individuals.

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Submissions from 2016

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Syrian Refugee Women in Jordan: Family Planning Preferences and Barriers in a Host Community, Hilary Smith, University of Denver

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Analysis of Media in Rwanda: Internship with the New Times, Rhiannon Snide, University of Massachusetts

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They Come Like the Clouds: Governing the Mountainous Periphery, Jared Sousa, Macalester College

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Women in Microfinance and its Social Effects on the Community: A Case Study in Hue, Vietnam, Madison Spigel, Wheaton College

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The Women of Helamb: Life After the 2015 Earthquake, Emma Squier, University of Vermont

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Water Quality in Relation to Land-use of the upper 62.8 Kilometers of the Santa Maria River, Santa Fe, Veraguas Using Benthic Macroinvertebrates as Indicators, Charlotte Steeves, University of Rhode Island

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Sex and Sexual Education in China: Traditional Values and Social Implications, Isabella Steinhauer, University of Colorado Boulder

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Come on Baby, Light My Fire: A study on Dutch Millennial Usage of Dating Applications and Morals, Hannah Stokes, American University

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“Always a double-edged sword”: How Women and Health Care Providers Navigate Issues of Contraception in Differing Senegalese Communities, Angelina Strohbach, Northwestern University

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Los Rompecabezas del Enfoque Intercultural: El estado actual, la integración de los sistemas de salud indígena y convencional y el estancamiento de la transversalización en el Centro de Salud de Huancarani, Kasey Sumeriski, University of Tennessee

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Realizing Urban Water Pollution Impact In Melbourne, Australia Through Painting, Gregory Suplinskas, Vassar College

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Realizing Urban Water Pollution Impact In Melbourne, Australia Through Painting, Gregory Suplinskas, Vassar College

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Tools and Methods for Zika Prevention in Cachoeira, Bahia, Florence Tesha, Duke University

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Live and dead coral cover on three reefs and public perceptions of degradation around Almirante Bay, Bocas del Toro, Phoebe Thompson, Bowdoin College

UNDERSTANDING PERCEPTIONS OF IDENTITY AND STRATEGIES OF EMPOWERMENT WITH ADOLESCENT AFRO-BRAZILIAN GIRLS, Julia Tremaroli, University of Denver

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Actually, Let’s Not Talk About Sex: The Value-Laden Sex Education Received by China’s Young Women, Allyson Tsu, Barnard College

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Actually, Let’s Not Talk About Sex: The Value-Laden Sex Education Received by China’s Young Women, Allyson Tsu, Barnard College

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Coral Disease in Chumbe Island Coral Park: A baseline survey of the prevalence of coral disease and other afflictions within Chumbe Marine Protected Area, Hannah Turley, University of Virginia

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Fish Diversity and Coral Health of Tanzania's Reefs: A comparative study between the Ushongo Village Reef and the Fungu Zinga Reef over time, Della Turque and Corinne Casper, University of Denver

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Seagrass Community Change at Three High Risk Ports in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area from 2005 to 2014, Celeste Venolia, Smith College

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Queer Connections: Social Media as a Versatile Tool of the Marginalized Moroccan LGBT, Savannah Vickery, Santa Clara University

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A Qualitative Investigation on the Effects of the Uttar Pradesh Population Policy on Women who Undergo Sterilization in Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh, Anna Wadhwani, George Washington University

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Intertidal Interactions: Stakeholder Relationships Arising from Kitesurfing in Paje, Zanzibar, Jenna Walczak and Iris Levine, Colgate University & Tufts University

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Shelo yigamer l’olam: La construcción de identidades compuestas en la comunidad judía de Iquitos, Perú / Shelo yigamer l'olam: The construction of composite identities in the Jewish community of Iquitos, Peru, Beatrice Waterhouse, Mills College

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La Visibilización: El Desarrollo del Femicidio como un Problema Social en Argentina Según el Estado y las Organizaciones Civiles, Maggie Wetzel, DePauw Univeristy

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Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy in Rural Maharashtra: a Preventative Approach to Risk Factor Reduction through Lifestyle Interventions, Jess Wiken, University of Puget Sound

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Trends in Nectar Concentration and Hummingbird Visitation: Investigating different variables in three flowers of the Ecuadorian Cloud Forest: Guzmania jaramilloi, Gasteranthus quitensis, and Besleria solanoides, Sophie Wolbert, Scripps College

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“La guerra de los centavos” y contratos sociales: Los impactos del desarrollo del Sistema Intermodal de Transporte Urbano en Loja, Ecuador / "The war of the cents" and social contracts: The impacts of the development of the Intermodal Urban Transportation System in Loja, Ecuador, Will Yetvin, Carleton College

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A Study of Defensive Mechanisms Employed by Two Species of Nudibranchs using Toxicity and Unpalatability Analyses, Sean Youn, Rice University

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A Study of Defensive Mechanisms Employed by Two Species of Nudibranchs using Toxicity and Unpalatability Analyses, Sean Youn, Rice University

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The Autonomy of Chinese Migrants Despite Structural and Social Determinants, Helen Yu, Duke University

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“It’s Not the Pride Parade Model”: Investigating Changes in Queer Activist Practices in Sarajevo after 2008, Matthew Zarenkiewicz, Villanova University

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Self Sufficiency in Refugees, Sarah Zayed, Indiana University

Submissions from 2015

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Mari et femme, sous Dieu: L’Évangile du genre dans le mariage chrétien camerounais, Allison Aaronson, Tufts University

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The Kakawin Sutasoma: A Look at ‘Bhinneka Tunggal Ika’ & Perceptions of the Text’s Religious Implications, Hana Aghababian, Gettysburg College

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The F Word: An analysis of the perceptions and performance of feminisms amongst five Black, Xhosa women living in Langa, Victoria Chigozie Akah, Columbia University

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Bleaching, disease, and colonization: The ecology of coral health in southeastern Nosy Be, Madagascar, Luella Allen-Waller, Swarthmore College

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Babies First: Ensuring Proper Infant Nutrition During Emergencies, Abigail M. Alonso, Washington University in Saint Louis

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Recursos y servicios disponibles para personas afectadas por el uso de agroquímicos tóxicos en Avia Terai, Chaco, Argentina / Resources and services that are available to people who are affected by the use of toxic agrochemicals in Avia Terai, Chaco, Argentina, David Andersen, Tulane University

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Exploring Cape Malay Identity Through the Lens of Food, Allyson Ang, Wellesley College

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Barriers to Prevention and Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: A Qualitative Analysis of Women in East Sikkim, India, Emily Applewhite, Occidental College

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The Traumatic State of Psychology: An Investigation of the Challenges Psychologists Face When Aiming to Help Trauma Survivors in Post-Apartheid South Africa, Rohan Arcot, Hamilton College

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PRO, navegando un nuevo tipo de político: estrategias para atraer votantes / PRO, Navigating a New Type of Politics: Strategies to Attract Votes, Bailey Armstrong, Bulter University

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The Social Institution and Inscription of Child Marriage in the Terai Region of Nepal, Alexandra Baer Chan, Columbia University

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How We Saved Ourselves: A Look at the Positive Coping Strategies the Orphans of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsis Implemented During Bereavement, Gregory Barber, Morehouse College

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Analysis of Traditional Medicine in Zanzibar, Tanzania, Jessica Baylor, Lafayette College

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I’m Black and I’m Proud… and Female: The Role of Gender and Black Consciousness for Black Female UCT Students in Social Movements in Cape Town., Aaliyah Michele Bell, Colby College

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Challenges to Cultural Heritage Interpretation and Preservation at the Falemata’aga, the Museum of Samoa, Elizabeth Bennett, Vassar College

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“No somos ratones”: La negociación de disciplina, democracia y derechos en la convivencia escolar Un estudio etnográfico del Liceo Confederación Suiza, Daniel Bergerson, Columbia University

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La Bicicultura de Cochabamba: ¿La Bici es de Todos?, Lucy Bergwall, Williams College

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The Power of the We: An Autoethnographic Exploration of Attitudes Towards Exercise in a Cato Manor Workout Group, Serena Bernthal-Jones, Carleton College

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FIGHTING FOR THE RIGHT TO BREATHE: EXPLORING PERSPECTIVES OF ENVIRONMENAL THREATS IN THE SOUTH DURBAN BASIN, Kayleigh Bhangdia, Colgate University

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Transracial Adoption in Cape Town, South Africa: The Perspectives of Black Young Adults, Emma Bilodeau, Bates College

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Meditating on Mountain Bikes, Sam Bowen, Skidmore College

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Tipping Point: A Study of Tourism and Development in Cizhong, Collin Bradley, University of Minnesota

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Accord Internship: A South African Ngo’s Approach to Peacekeeping in 2015, Jimmy Bromley, Occidental College

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Fighting the Obesity Epidemic: Challenges and Ethics, Grace Brown, Franklin & Marshall College

Sense of Place and The Australian Landscape in Poems and Photographs, Margot Bruder, Colby College

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I’m Not A Fishermen, I Don’t Sell Fish, I’m Not Even A Fish: The MicroEconomy of Fish within the Formal and Informal Markets of Mwanza, Austin Brush, Tufts University

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Práctica habitual de los médicos del Hospital de Niños Dr. Ricardo Gutiérrez, Cuidad Autonomía de Buenos Aires, Argentina, en el tratamiento de la otitis media aguda en niños. Enfoque en el uso de antibióticos. /The usual practice of acute otitis media in children by the Hospital de Niños Dr. Ricardo Gutiérrez in the city of Buenos Aires with a focus on the use of antibiotics as treatment, Kali Marie Burkhardt, Oregon State University

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Investigating Barriers to Early Cancer Detection for Rural Indian Women: A Qualitative Analysis of Cancer Outreach in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, Blair Burnett, University of North Carolina

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Youth Perceptions and Engagement with the Moroccan State’s Promotion of Sufism, Katherine Butler-Dines, Georgetown University

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The Inspired Shes Podcast: The stories of the Female Voice in Hip Hop, Liz Butler, University of Denver

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Abortion in Brazil - Todo mundo faz: An Analysis of Social Movements and Social Support for the Liberalization of Brazil’s Abortion Law in Salvador, Brazil, Maria Camila Caicedo, George Washington University

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Coming to Terms with the Limited Body: The Role of Physical Therapy in Improving Self-esteem of Stroke Survivors in Salvador-Bahia, Brazil, Ninghe Cai, Bryn Mawr College

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Where the Plains and Hills Collide: Understanding Nepal’s Political Tension Through Tharus in Chitwan, Cameron Calato, University of New Hampshire

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Construyendo un mundo sin violencia machista: Los aportes de las organizaciones de mujeres en Nicaragua para transformar la cultura machista y prevenir la violencia, Grace Carballo, University of Southern California

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The Role of Grupo Nzinga de Capoeira Angola in the Empowerment and Development of Children from the Community of Alto da Sereia, Mariana Cardona, George Washington University

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Witnesses to Revolution, Colleen Cassingham, Northwestern University

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El rol del parto mapuche en el mundo de la medicina moderna / THE ROLE OF MAPUCHE BIRTH IN A WORLD OF MODERN MEDICINE, Nita Chai, Macalester College

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Tracking the Elephant (Lexodonta africana) Corridor and the Human-Wildlife Conflict in Selela Village, Nicole Chlebek and Laura Stalter, Illinois Wesleyan University / University of Vermont

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The Curious Case of Solu Khumbu: A Study of the Effects of Tourism in the Town of Junbesi, Hannah Cho, College of William and Mary

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Between the Cracks of Contemporary Dutch Discourse: Being an LGBTQ Muslim in the Netherlands, Christine Choi, Davidson College

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Talking Mirrors: Experiences of Older Transgender Adults and Culturally Competent Mental Healthcare Profes-sionals with Talk Therapy in the Netherlands, Kate Cieplicki, Hamilton College

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Deconstructing Unmade Examining the capacity of Ayurveda to address India’s mental health crisis, Cassie Sutten Coats, Brown University

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Sexual and Reproductive Health Education for Boys in Kapchorwa, Uganda, Meredith Colleary, Bates College

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Treatment Accessibility for Co-Infected IDUs in China: A Likelihood for HIV, an Improbability for Hepatitis C, Jessica Collins, University of Washington

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Working With Locals to Restore Biodiversity to a Rubber Dominated Landscape, Francis Commercon, Colorado State University

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La relación entre el desamparo y la salud: El caso del Campamento Japón en Santiago, Chile, Chaveli Concepción, Emory University

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How South Africa’s Collective Memory of the ANC’s Armed Struggle Has Shaped Political Allegiances and National Identity in Modern South Africa, Will Corvin, Northwestern University

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European Policies on Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Health Promotion: A Comparative Study, Alison Council, George Washington University

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La búsqueda de una agenda en común: Una mirada feminista a las organizaciones LGBTI en Nicaragua, Rachel Crane, Macalester College

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Fair Trade or Fake Trade? Specialty Coffee Certifications and Development in Uganda, Eliza Cummings, Smith College

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The Politics of Social Entrepreneurship in Cameroon, Aaron Danowski, Gonzaga University

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The adequacy of programs in NSW in supporting vulnerable households to transition to renewable energy, Madison Dell, University of Vermont

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Sustaining Development in Brazil’s Informal Settlements: Linking Policy, Theory, and Action A Case Study of Vila Velha, Jessica Depies, Boston University

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El Crecimiento de China y su Vinculaciones con la Industria de Soja en la Argentina / Chinese Growth and its Connections with the Argentinian Soy Industry, Anita Desai, Swarthmore College

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Exploring Gender-Based Violence Management in Nairobi, Kirsten Dimovitz, George Washington University

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Audience vs. Art: The Plight of the Contemporary Bengali Filmmaker, Gabriel Doss, Wesleyan University

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La Casa Patria Grande “Presidente Néstor Carlos Kirchner”: el sueño de la unidad latinoamericana / The Casa Patria Grande “Presidente Néstor Carlos Kirchner”: The Dream of Latin American Unity, Ana Dougherty, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

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Marginalidad y oportunidad: El caso del Vergel Alto y las políticas habitacionales en Chile, Ellie Driscoll, Brandeis University

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Waste Management and Environmental Initiatives in Accra, Ghana, Aoife Genevieve Duna, Middlebury College

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The Effectiveness of Political Quotas in Representing Rwandan Citizens, Sarah Duncan, Hamilton College

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Human Rights at the Border: European-Union—Moroccan Relations in the Wake of the 2013 Migratory Policy, Anashua Dutta, Georgetown University

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Youth Narratives of the Conflict in Northern Uganda, Ellen Eichelberger, College of Charleston

“Komt Een Vrouw Bij De Dokter”: Do Healthcare Systems For Women Affect Self-Perception of Sexuality in the NL & US?, Haley Eicher, Colgate University

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Ulaanbaatar’s Ger District Issues: Changes and Attitudes, David Engel, Gettysburg College

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The Impact of Vaccine Hesitancy on the Polio Vaccine in South Asia, Leah Everist, University of North Carolina

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Refuse and the Revolution: Perceptions of Trash and Litter Among Urban Tunisians and the Value of Public Space, Ryan Fajardo, Williams College

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A Dysfunctional Triangle An analysis of America’s relations with Israel and their impact on the current nuclear accord with Iran, Andrew Falacci, George Washington University