Xavier Journal of Politics

Volume III

The Xavier Journal of Political Science
Vol. III, No. 1 (Fall 2012)

Editorial Board
Daniel Fadeley, Class of 2012
Philip Krzeski, Class of 2013
Brandon Martin, Class of 2014
Kailyn McGowan, Class of 2013
Shaun M. Redden, Class of 2012
Alex Valenti, Class of 2013
Seth Walsh, Class of 2013

Faculty Advisor
Mack Mariani, Xavier University

Advisory Board
John Ray, Xavier University
Timothy J. White, Xavier University
Anas Malik, Xavier University
Bin Yu, Xavier University
Gene Beaupre, Xavier University
Michael Ford, Center for the Study of the American Dream

Introductory Material

The Editors Editors Note

Research Papers

Jon Kelly A Swing and a Miss: a Study in Distributive Electoral Politics

Patrick Convey Leader Tenure and U.S Intervention in Latin America

Shaun M. Redden Afghanistan and the Neglected Commander

Mallory Malinoski On Culture and Income Inequality: Hofstede's International Cultural Dimensions and the Gini Coefficient

Michael E. Solomon The Legality of Secession: Separatist Movements in Western Sahara, Somaliland and South Sudan


Spencer Liechty A Polarized Nation

Kristin SanFilippo Al-Qaeda: A Future in Question

Rosalynd Erney We Won't, We Won't Rock You: The Decline of U.S. Primacy and the Rise of the Rest

The Xavier Journal of Political Science (XJOP) is the official undergraduate journal of the Department of Political Science at Xavier University. XJOP is published on an annual basis by Xavier University and articles are available online at www.xavier.edu/xjop. For information, please contact the Department of Political Science at 513-745-3017 or e-mail Dr. Mack Mariani at marianim@xavier.edu.