In this paper, I attempt to assess the viability of a third-party presidential candidate in the current American two-party system. I first discuss the challenges facing third parties in the United States and the reasons for the American two-party system. I then investigate successful third-party campaigns in order to determine how these challenges can be overcome. I then use these examples to generate solutions to third-party obstacles, and incorporate those solutions into hypothetical campaign materials for a fictional third party candidate. I then collect and analyze the results of a survey of American voters in order to assess whether and how a third-party campaign might succeed in the current American political environment. Finally, I present a series of actionable suggestions for overcoming obstacles to third party success.
This infographic and accompanying paper look at the three primary dimensions of Hezbollah’s activities: social services, militia, and political party to answer the question “why do the otherwise reasonable people of Lebanon support Hezbollah?” The paper and infographic focus on conveying the key information to the reader that is necessary to begin to understand the situation. Hezbollah is favored in Lebanon because they represent Lebanese nationalism militarily, lead Lebanon’s otherwise distrusted government, and provide necessary social services in the under-represented Shi’a Muslims in Southern Lebanon. Over the course of the semester, I worked to research Hezbollah in-depth, design this infographic, and write this paper.