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I was asked to pick a thesis topic to work on for over a year and the topic had to be unique, something that no other students had worked on before. Plus we were not supposed to know beforehand what the solutions were for any given problem, otherwise, but would have to go through intensive research, talk to people and find solutions later on.

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I picked a topic that is very personal for me and also is a major problem around the globe, which is cultural identity versus political boundaries. I’m focusing on ethnic groups that have been too often defined by others rather than themselves, such as the Kurds, Basques, and Palestinians.

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