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Name: Michelle Bovee
Date registered: 16 May, 2011


Michelle Bovée studied at James Madison University in Virginia, where she graduated with a BA in Political Science with a focus on international and comparative politics. She is currently attending the London School of Economics to get her Masters in International Relations. Michelle has been a Program and Research Intern with the SISGI Group since summer 2011, and is now a featured writer. She will post every fourth Monday on international economic development, the political and economic ramifications of the Arab Spring, and sustainable tourism.

Latest posts

  1. Getting the Truth in Syria — 21 October, 2013
  2. International Migration and Economic Development — 16 September, 2013
  3. Responsible Tourism in Madagascar — 19 August, 2013
  4. Is a Turkish Peace Deal Possible? — 22 July, 2013
  5. “Failed” States? — 24 June, 2013
  6. Border Clashes Create Anger in Turkey — 20 May, 2013
  7. Myanmar in the Balance — 22 April, 2013
  8. Tourism in Cuba? — 25 March, 2013
  9. Economics and Happiness — 25 February, 2013
  10. Jordanian Elections: Tipping Point — 28 January, 2013
  11. Doomsday Tourism — 18 December, 2012
  12. Obama Visits Myanmar — 20 November, 2012
  13. Libya’s Anniversary — 23 October, 2012
  14. Abortion-Included Tours — 6 August, 2012
  15. Economic Boom in Myanmar — 23 July, 2012
  16. Electricity and the Arab Spring — 9 July, 2012
  17. Economics 101 — 18 June, 2012
  18. What Do You Know About Capitalism? — 28 May, 2012
  19. The Pitfalls of Voluntourism — 17 May, 2012
  20. Egypt: Islamic Democracy? — 10 May, 2012
  21. Craft Beer and the Global Economy — 3 May, 2012
  22. Tourism in the Korean DMZ — 26 April, 2012
  23. Bahraini Activists Gain Steam — 19 April, 2012
  24. The Economics of Happiness — 12 April, 2012
  25. Myanmar and the Politics of Tourism — 5 April, 2012
  26. Separatism in Libya — 29 March, 2012
  27. Cambodia’s First IPO — 22 March, 2012
  28. Holy Land Tourism — 15 March, 2012
  29. International Women’s Day and the Arab Spring — 8 March, 2012
  30. Millennium Development Goal Achieved: Now What? — 1 March, 2012
  31. World Tourism Day 2012 — 23 February, 2012
  32. UN Resolution on Syria: What’s the Point? — 16 February, 2012
  33. India Revisited — 10 February, 2012
  34. Egypt’s Soccer Riots Create Uncertainty — 2 February, 2012
  35. Business in Bhutan? — 26 January, 2012
  36. Responsible Tourism Reaches Egypt — 19 January, 2012
  37. Two-Year Anniversary of Haitian Earthquake — 12 January, 2012
  38. End of Year Review: Arab Spring, Part Three — 22 December, 2011
  39. End of Year Review: Arab Spring, Part Two — 15 December, 2011
  40. End of Year Review: Arab Spring, Part 1 — 8 December, 2011
  41. Myanmar: The Final Frontier — 1 December, 2011
  42. Arab League Threatens Syria with Sanctions — 18 November, 2011
  43. Is Happiness a Good Measure of Development? — 10 November, 2011
  44. New Hope for Peace in Syria — 3 November, 2011
  45. Voluntourism and the Job Market — 28 October, 2011
  46. Culture and Economic Development — 20 October, 2011
  47. Do We Need A New Measure of Development? — 13 October, 2011
  48. No-Fly Zone for Syria? — 6 October, 2011
  49. Using the Tourism Industry to Benefit Youth — 30 September, 2011
  50. Arab Spring Economics — 22 September, 2011

Most commented posts

  1. Myanmar and the Politics of Tourism — 5 comments
  2. Voluntourism: the Good and the Bad — 4 comments
  3. Voluntourism Certification — 4 comments
  4. Responsible Tourism Reaches Egypt — 4 comments
  5. Abortion-Included Tours — 4 comments

Author's posts listings

Oct 21

Getting the Truth in Syria

Syria has, understandably, been a top point in the news lately as conflict continues to rage.  Indeed, I’ve written quite a few posts on Syria in the past, and could continue to write about the country for some time while only barely scratching the surface of the issues.  A quick Google search for news in …

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Sep 16

International Migration and Economic Development

Today I want to focus on an issue that is very dear to me: international migration.  I am currently residing in a foreign country, finishing up school and looking for work, and so naturally I have quite a vested interest in international immigration regulations and restrictions.  I don’t want to focus on my own story, …

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Aug 19

Responsible Tourism in Madagascar

I’m sure most of you have heard of the island of Madagascar, particularly since the release of the Madagascar animated films, and know that the country is home to numerous animal species that cannot be found anywhere else on earth.  10,000 of the islands 12,000 plant species, for example, are endemic, as are half of the …

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Jul 22

Is a Turkish Peace Deal Possible?

A couple months ago I wrote about violent conflicts on the Turkey-Syria border, as well as the mounting dissatisfaction with the Turkish governments handling of the situation, and since then the situation has, unfortunately, deteriorated further.  There have been numerous outbursts of violence in the intervening months, with the most recent clash having occurred over …

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Jun 24

“Failed” States?

Foreign Policy’s  annual Failed State Issue came out today, along with their 2013 Failed State Index, uses twelve social, economic, and political indicators to analyze nations and then ranks them accordingly, with 120 being the worst possible score a state can receive.  The states are then separated into five categories: critical, in danger, borderline, stable, and most stable. …

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May 20

Border Clashes Create Anger in Turkey

It’s been a while since I’ve written about the Arab Spring, mostly because it’s not really the “Arab Spring” anymore. Egypt, Syria, Libya, and others, have been struggling for two years now, and there is little hope that the conflict will be resolved any time soon, particularly in Syria.   The violence in Syria has …

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Apr 22

Myanmar in the Balance

Regular readers of this blog will know that Myanmar has long been one of my favorite topics.  I’ve written many times, often quite hopefully, about what the future may hold for this isolated country as it begins to open up economically and socially.  New president Thein Sein has made serious moves towards reforming the military-ruled country, …

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Mar 25

Tourism in Cuba?

I’ve written a lot about the opening up of Myanmar and Bhutan and their possibilities for sustainable tourism, so today I thought I would look at another isolated country: Cuba.  Travel between the United States and Cuba has been forbidden since February 8th, 1969, just a few months after the end of the Cuban Missile Crisis. …

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Feb 25

Economics and Happiness

In the 1970s Richard Easterlin wrote an article titled “Does Economic Growth Improve the Human Lot? Some Empirical Evidence,” in which he described what is now known as the Easterlin Paradox and became the father of happiness economics. The Easterlin Paradox, simply stated, suggests that people do not get happier as they get richer.   …

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Jan 28

Jordanian Elections: Tipping Point

Jordan has largely stayed out of the news since the start of the Arab Spring, as the country has–so far–managed to avoid any major shake-ups or protests.  This may be about to change, however.  Resentment against King Abdullah II has been building for some time, and these elections were a way for his government to show …

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