Recent & Upcoming
Venue: International Political Science Association (IPSA) World Congress, 2021.
Research Panel: Comparative Public Policy RC30.05
Co-Authors: Ozan Demircan (Handelsblatt Global), Patricia Barros (Dalhousie University)
Abstract: In the post-Cold War Era, international aid gained considerable relevance as a foreign policy tool. Among the earliest and largest of these donors was, for many years, the USA, however, in the 1990s this would become a tool adopted by countries all over the globe. States of the Global South may have been recipients in decades past, but now they are increasingly active members of foreign aid initiatives. Since then, the scope of South-South Cooperation (SSC) has grown so considerably that it has changed the politico-economic landscape of development aid in the modern era. This project looks at past and present patterns evident in Turkish official development aid (ODA) donations over the last two decades with respect to Turkey’s growing cooperation with Somalia. The research contributes an in-depth perspective to a broader question gaining momentum in academia: have ‘South State’ donors improved their cooperation activities in accordance with their critiques related to former ‘North State’ donors, is this another show of soft power, or something between? By looking at longitudinal changes within Turkey, we hope to provide deeper insights into the changing ODA policies emanating from the Near East toward African partners.
Can Blockchain Reduce Electoral Corruption?
Faculty: Economics and Administrative Sciences
Department: Political Science
Program: M.A. of International Relations: Europe, Turkey, and the Middle East
Status: In progress
This analysis investigates how blockchain can increase security in electoral counting procedures. Although it is intended for academic purposes, it is designed to be as accessible as a Yuval Noah Harari or a Matthew Cobb manuscript and as accurate to pass directly into the hands of developers.
Using the crisis of electoral systems as a starting point, the project addresses existing electoral systems. What has evolved and what hasn't? Essentially, the technology used to corrupt elections has outpaced the systems used to monitor them. From here, the project looks at the strengths and limits for manual electoral monitoring systems in practice today. All of them mirror, to some degree, traditional double-entry accounting mechanisms. Even in the 'strongest' electoral systems, each vote cast is only counted a handful of times. Theoretically, in a decentralized voting system, each vote would be verified by every node on the network. This means (potentially) millions of verifications per vote cast.
Alongside the question of "is this possible" this project also addresses ethical concerns as well as legal infrastructure that should be in place prior to the application of these systems to a real-world context. Although this project is theoretical by nature, it should pave the way for a scalable beta-project in the very near future.
Genre: Novel, Creative Nonfiction
Status: In progress
“Breadcrumbs Worth Burning” is about a good samaritan burdened by a book he found abandoned in a Spanish train station. Searching for the author's contact information, he discovers instead that the journal belongs to someone openly identifying as a heretic. Assuming some crime has been committed, he sets about discovering what it was via the entries and attachments of the journal. As he reads, he finds the so-called heretic's journey abroad is juxtaposed with that of a homebound caregiver trying to save her son from violent psychosis, a former child soldier fleeing for political asylum, and a university under police siege. Each entity depicted refuses a Faustian bargain (the willingness to sell one’s soul for personal gain), resulting in exile or censorship. The journal becomes a running thread of eyewitness accounts opening the door for new dialogues on these controversies. By unapologetically delving into the human psyche, the heretic confronts asymmetries of global society, the individual’s place within that society, and oneself within their own mind’s eye.
PUBLICATIONS, PROJECTS & PRESENTATIONS
Jakus, J. (2020). When Did the Discussion of “Fixed Versus Floating Exchange Rates” Fall Out of Vogue?.
Journal Of Applied Business And Economics, 22(10). https://doi.org/10.33423/jabe.v22i10.3720
Jakus, J.M. (2020). What can Crude Oil Builds, Futures, and Stock Crashes tell us about the Global Financial System?.
Modern Diplomacy. Retrieved 10 August 2021, from https://moderndiplomacy.eu/2020/12/12/what-can-crude-oil-builds-futures-and-stock-crashes-tell-us-about-the-global-financial-system/.
Jakus, J.M. (2020). Ceasefire Violated, Civilians of Ganja, Azerbaijan Hit –Again.
Modern Diplomacy. Retrieved 10 August 2021, from https://moderndiplomacy.eu/2020/10/26/ceasefire-violated-civilians-of-ganja-azerbaijan-hit-again/.
Jakus, J.M. (2020). Beneath the Skin of America’s Protest.
Modern Diplomacy. Retrieved 10 August 2021, from https://moderndiplomacy.eu/2020/06/05/beneath-the-skin-of-americas-protest/.
IPSA World Congress Archives, 2018.
Jakus, J. (2017). Laïcité and Laiklik: When Did the Comparability of Assertive Laicism in France and Turkey Dissolve?.
Sociology And Anthropology, 5(11), 923-940. https://doi.org/10.13189/sa.2017.051103