Title

Helping Up, Instead of Holding Down

Presenter Information

Derrick Lecker

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Room 301

Start Date

15-5-2014

End Date

15-5-2014

Keywords

Opportunity, Effectiveness, Poverty

Abstract

I will argue my thesis by first pointing out the similar problems experienced by past approaches that have been used to address insecurity and violence. These past strategies have been used in both foreign and domestic arenas, which have costed an unprecedented amount of money. However, the enormity of the budgets behind these approaches, like that of national defense, has not resulted in a comparable amount of success. When these heavy handed approaches have been implemented domestically, such as in America’s inner-cities, and abroad, in places like the Middle East, success has been questionable. I will argue that previous strategies success has been especially lacking when compared against the success of programs and policies where providing opportunity is the emphasis. In this paper, I will propose that the key to effectively addressing crime and violence is to manipulate foreign policy based on proven successes, while avoiding the failures of the past.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Cubilie, Anne

Additional Mentoring Department

Douglas Honors College

Additional Mentoring Department

Philosophy

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May 15th, 3:20 PM May 15th, 3:40 PM

Helping Up, Instead of Holding Down

SURC Room 301

I will argue my thesis by first pointing out the similar problems experienced by past approaches that have been used to address insecurity and violence. These past strategies have been used in both foreign and domestic arenas, which have costed an unprecedented amount of money. However, the enormity of the budgets behind these approaches, like that of national defense, has not resulted in a comparable amount of success. When these heavy handed approaches have been implemented domestically, such as in America’s inner-cities, and abroad, in places like the Middle East, success has been questionable. I will argue that previous strategies success has been especially lacking when compared against the success of programs and policies where providing opportunity is the emphasis. In this paper, I will propose that the key to effectively addressing crime and violence is to manipulate foreign policy based on proven successes, while avoiding the failures of the past.