Date Thesis Awarded


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Honors Thesis -- Access Restricted On-Campus Only

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)




Amy Oakes

Committee Members

Dennis Smith

Erin Webster


While the relevance of a state’s international reputation is a contested factor in the realm of IR theory, the fact remains that global perceptions of the United States as a reliable member of the liberal international order have shifted. In this thesis, I posit that U.S. political polarization is a factor influencing U.S. international reputation as a reliable global partner. Through analysis of survey questions fielded to respondents currently living in Germany, I explore how public opinions regarding U.S. political polarization may shape views of the United States’ general reliability, as well as U.S. commitment to international agreements addressing foreign policy issues such as climate change, nonproliferation, and regional security.

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