• Obama’s Vision for Relations with Cuba

    Obama’s Vision for Relations with Cuba

    Cuba as an example of the dangers of communist failure. It will take time for these perceptions to evolve. What is indisputable is that Obama took bold and decisive action regarding Cuba.

  • Events

    by The staff of the Columbia Political Review is happy to announce our latest project: a comprehensive events calendar! In order to better build a lively discussion of current events, politics, and society on campus, CPR has reached out to the leaders of student political and cultural groups, academic departments, and local community organizations, and we’ll be posting their planned […]

  • The Trump Trouble for GOP Senators in 2016

    The Trump Trouble for GOP Senators in 2016

    Although presidential candidate Donald Trump has been having a tough time after his loss in the Wisconsin primaries, he is still poised to win the nomination at the Republican National Convention.

  • Deconstructing the Wage Gap

    Deconstructing the Wage Gap

    At the end of last month, President Obama issued an executive order mandating firms with over one hundred employees to report wages paid, as well as information of gender, race, and ethnicity

  • Gender Does Not Need an ID

    Gender Does Not Need an ID

    Voter ID laws also stand to disenfranchise transgender people because a significant portion of transgender people do not have identification that accurately reflects their gender identity.

  • Short-term Shock or “New Normal”: Oil’s Impact on Saudi Policy

    Short-term Shock or “New Normal”: Oil’s Impact on Saudi Policy

    The question is ultimately whether the world is experiencing a short-term market disruption or an entirely new equilibrium over lower prices. This distinction will, of course, have huge effects on future Saudi policy.

  • President Obama Hits the Target on Gun Control

    President Obama Hits the Target on Gun Control

    On January 5, in response to the slew of mass shootings in 2015, President Obama issued a series of executive actions intended to curb gun violence.

  • Film Review: Foreigners Out! Schlingensief’s Container

    Film Review: Foreigners Out! Schlingensief’s Container

    At one point, Schlingensief appears on TV with the FPÖ spokeswoman. The session devolves into a shouting match, a scene all too familiar in the film. Schlingensief’s work is cathartic, but it is also incendiary.

  • Book Review: Burma’s Spring: Real Lives in Turbulent Times

    Book Review: Burma’s Spring: Real Lives in Turbulent Times

    by Rosalind Russell’s Burma’s Spring: Real Lives in Turbulent Times is the product of her years living in Burma, ostensibly as a typical “trailing” spouse of an aid worker, but really as an undercover journalist using pseudonyms to evade the scrutiny of Burmese military intelligence. Because of restrictions, she could not openly use her identity as a journalist to be […]

  • UNderserved Refugees: Systemic Failures of the UNHCR in Kenya

    UNderserved Refugees: Systemic Failures of the UNHCR in Kenya

    In some respects, the current Somali refugee crisis began when the sitting president and despot, Siad Barre, was toppled from power by a combined force of opposition rebel groups in 1991.

Recent Additions

by / on August 16, 2016 at 6:02 am / in Uncategorized

A Culture of Waste

by   A leaky faucet is something that many of us pass by unnoticed every day. Yet last December, when I heard the first drops streaming from a leaky showerhead in my suite, I decided to conduct a little experiment. It took a total of seven days for the faulty showerhead to be fixed, including three days after reporting the […]

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by / on August 16, 2016 at 6:02 am / in Uncategorized

Vive L’Alliance

by In mid-January, something very promising happened for President Obama and the United States’ relationship with its European allies. France launched Operation Serval in Mali. In this operation, French armed forces intervened in the country’s deteriorating civil war to restore power to the incumbent government against the rapidly advancing rebel and jihadist forces from the north of the country. The […]

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by / on August 11, 2016 at 3:43 am / in Uncategorized

Cairo Voted No

by In the months preceding the United States’ most recent presidential election, commentators, analysts, and other agents of the mainstream media argued about America’s political-geographic climate, swing states, campaign trails, and whether the final draw lay in Ohio, Florida, or Virginia. Generally, politicians in the West plan campaigns strategically, deciding how to use their resources to divide and conquer America’s […]

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by / on June 26, 2016 at 4:06 pm / in Cover Story, Middle East, Op-Ed

Salafism: A New Type of Islamism

The tragic events in San Bernandino and Paris last year were indisputably deliberate acts of terrorism in which innocent, unarmed civilians were killed. Rooted in these acts was the exploitation of a zealous religious ideology, which is crucial to understand if we are to defeat the organizations and the ideology that promotes their activities.

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by / on May 10, 2016 at 10:48 am / in Uncategorized

The Sequester: Lets Break it Down

by The sequester is coming, folks, and with the House republicans and democrats still refusing to forgo their respective grudges, it looks like America’s economic future may be headed for yet another litter of painful setbacks. Originally conceived with the intent of forcing bi-party talks for economic rehab, the plan proposes huge cuts to federal defense and discretionary spending.  The […]

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by / on May 6, 2016 at 2:30 pm / in Domestic, Opinion

Let Them Eat Cake

Gitmo has damaged the international perception of the US, and not only because it has questioned our commitment to the rule of law – it has also questioned our courage.

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by / on March 8, 2016 at 9:26 pm / in Asia, Current Issue, World

Competitive Liberalization: a Policy to Leave in the Past

“You’re with us or against us” statements will not convince others to stand with the United States but will instead leave the United States out of other institutions like the AIIB or ASEAN. It is time that American leaders acknowledge the reality of US-China relations and, going forward, focus on collaboration rather than competition.

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by / on December 16, 2015 at 3:32 pm / in Asia, Book Review, Current Issue, World

Book Review: North Korea’s Juche Myth

North Korea’s Juche Myth is a highly opinionated book that makes a compelling case for its own interpretation of Juche and is best suited for students and scholars of East Asian politics.

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by / on December 16, 2015 at 1:28 pm / in Asia, Current Issue, Issue, World

Election Rejection: The Bihar Elections as a Referendum on Modi

“Despite large sample sizes that were carefully distributed by caste, class, and religion, no pollster came close to gauging the mood of the electorate, a telling sign of a rapidly changing political climate in India that is today impossible to quantify in terms of mere identity politics.”

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by / on December 16, 2015 at 1:24 pm / in Current Issue, Domestic, Election, Issue

The Hunt For Red November: Explaining Republican Successes at the State Level

Despite the usual flak from conservative news media, the Democratic Party is starting to find reasons to celebrate. Barack Obama is running a victory lap of sorts as his second term approaches an end, and the party a good chance of retaining the White House after President Obama leaves office. On the other side of the party line, the circus of conservative candidates vying for the presidency is led by a neurosurgeon who is quickly showing that medical acumen does not necessarily translate into political savvy.

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