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Parts of passages plagiarized were found in Monica Crowley’s PhD thesis. Mrs. Crowley is one of the representatives of the republicans in the US government, and the National Security Advisor. In 2002 she wrote a thesis “Clearer than Truth: Determining and Preserving Grand Strategy: The Evolution of American Policy Toward the People’s Republic of China Under Truman and Nixon” after graduation from the department of international relations.

Where Plagiarism Hides

After a thorough investigation, it was found that Monica either paraphrased, or just copied sentences from the books she previously had been reading and analyzing from. In her work she gave footnotes of the books, and they were the sources of the sentences lifted up, or she didn’t give footnotes at all. The quotation marks are rarely put where they have to be.

The instances of plagiarism found in Monica’s thesis reflect the statements of intentional and unintentional defined by Columbia University. The sources of lifting the information are the following: John Lewis Gaddi “Strategies of Containment: A Critical Appraisal of American National Security Policy during the Cold War”, the book of Princeton university professor “Useful Adversaries: Grand Strategy, Domestic Mobilization, and Sino-American Conflict, 1947-1958”, as well as some articles.

The University Comments

This Columbia university plagiarism case is not an ordinary one. The university officials declined to comment on Mrs. Crowley’s thesis plagiarism revelation, saying: “We have no comment on Monica Crowley’s dissertation, which was submitted in 2000 and is publicly available. The University’s process for addressing concerns raised about University research preserves the confidentiality of any review, and even the fact of a review’s existence is confidential while it is underway. Columbia is committed to upholding the very highest standards of integrity and credibility in academic research.”

More to Dwell On

Although the university officials didn’t want to talk much, plagiarism scandal was earlier in 1999, when Mrs. Crowley published an article in the Wall Street Journal had plagiarized sentences that a reader found similar to another article published in 1998. The magazine Chief Editor confirmed that if the article contained any similarities, it wouldn’t be published. Although, Mrs. Crowley confirmed the article narration is very close to the one published in “Commentary”.

The other plagiarism accusations that differ from Columbia university plagiarism case relate to Crowley’s “What The (Bleep) Just Happened” book, published in 2012, but this plagiarism scandal is a matter of other articles.

Politicians plagiarism accusations are not rare and even Pena Nieto, Mexican President was caught plagiarizing his thesis.  

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