Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Wally Bacon


The United States is a country of immigrants, from its prehistoric beginnings to the present. Squabbles between different groups have also been a part of our history At the beginning of the 20th century, President Theodore Roosevelt recognized the potential for ethnic conflicts, imported from Europe, to render harm to the United States. In today's international political environment, the potential for violence remains; however, ethnic groups have also been quick to grasp their constitutional rights of civic action and government participation. In so doing, these ethnic groups may unduly influence United States’ policy for their own purposes in a kind of surrogate war with other ethnic groups. Congress in its endeavor to respond to its constituency can be manipulated into enacting legislation that is not in the best interest of the United States and can interfere with the government’s ability to conduct policy. This is a paper on the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the U.S. Congress.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Political Science and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment Of the Requirements for the Degree Master in Political Science University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 2002 Daniel S. Parker

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