• World Leader’s Forum:

    World Leader’s Forum:

    Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of the Government of Bangladesh delivers an address titled, “Girls Lead the Way,” in Columbia University’s Low Library

  • Understanding the Madmen: The Rationale for Iran’s Rhetoric

    Understanding the Madmen: The Rationale for Iran’s Rhetoric

    By recognizing how domestic considerations play a part in Iranian foreign policy, we can better understand why their pronouncements seem to be at odds with their commitments.

  • Malaysian Malaise – Poor Prospects for Democracy in Anwar Ibrahim’s Legal Woes

    Malaysian Malaise – Poor Prospects for Democracy in Anwar Ibrahim’s Legal Woes

    To be sure, the headline “Malaysian Court Upholds Opposition Leader’s Sodomy Conviction” is not necessarily shocking in its own right. This is, after all, the era in which political figures being caught up in purportedly lurid sex scandals is now almost cliché.

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    Radio Silence – A Defense of Carmen Aristegui and a Mexican Free Press

    Carmen Aristegui, considered the most famous newscast journalist in Mexico, once hosted a daily morning radio talk show followed devoutly by millions of middle-class Mexicans. Her personal brand of investigatory journalism was markedly different from the standard of Mexican media: aggressive, probing—if sometimes lacking in reportorial rigor.

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    A(s)Sad Situation – The Brazen Violation of Medical Neutrality in Syria

    Today, violations of medical neutrality constitute a war crime under the Geneva Convention. Yet, as an international norm, the principle has had minimal influence mitigating violence in the Syrian conflict.

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    A Fatal Feud – Colonial Roots of Kenya’s 2007 Post-election Violence

    Since its independence in 1963, Kenya has been hailed as an island of peace and stability within Africa. It therefore came as a surprise to the international community when violence rocked the country starting December 28, 2007, barely twenty-four hours after the conclusion of a highly contested presidential election. What could have caused the 2007 post-election violence?

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    Identity Theft? An Exploration of Ukrainian National Identity in the Conflict with Russia

    Despite falling out of the headlines of Western news sources, the bloody conflict in Eastern Ukraine is ongoing. This feature of two interviews and a personal piece look to ex- plore deeper questions of Ukrainian national identity and how it relates to Russia, the West, and the politics—both cultural and strategic—of the current conflict.

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    Burning Up and Burning Down – Tracing the Flames of Ethnic Conflict in Côte d’Ivoire and Burundi

    Once praised as West Africa’s “beacon of stability,” Côte d’Ivoire shocked the world when its bloody civil war erupted in 2002. The unrest ultimately killed over 1,000 people, according to Freedom House. What sparked this conflict and propagated the violence?

  • Kyotastrophe – the Kyoto Protocol’s Inequitable Failure

    Kyotastrophe – the Kyoto Protocol’s Inequitable Failure

    In 1997, government representatives from 170 states convened, and negotiated their way to form a single plan of action: the Kyoto Protocol. The Protocol called for thirty-eight states to reduce greenhouse gases emissions to 5 percent below their emission levels in 1990 between 2008 and 2012.

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    Interview with President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves

    Toomas Ilves, the President of Estonia, is a proponent of internet freedom as a human right and has been honored as co-chair of the World Bank Development Report on IT. Ilves credits his education at Columbia, in particular its renowned Core Curriculum, for inspiring him to make a difference and to lead in a humanistic way.

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by / on May 9, 2015 at 10:01 pm / in Uncategorized

Briefing: Global Energy Policy

by Despite the efforts of global institutions, energy policy in the developing world continues to be driven by geology, engineering, and economics, not climate change, But it must be recognized that the developing world comes in many shapes and sizes, and the world is in the midst of a carbon-based energy revolution. Dramatically large carbon-based energy resources—oil and gas—have been […]

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by / on May 2, 2015 at 1:02 am / in Campus, Events

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by / on April 26, 2015 at 5:49 pm / in Campus, Events

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by / on April 25, 2015 at 7:32 pm / in Asia, Jenny Yeji Yoo, Most Recent Column, Op-Ed, Organizations, World

US-China Power Play, and the Fiscal Play

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), launched on October 24, 2014, is the latest item on China’s Silk Road agenda that reflects the country’s increasing willingness to establish financial instruments for itself and by itself.

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by / on April 22, 2015 at 8:24 am / in Latin America, Op-Ed, Opinion, World

What Delayed Peru’s Leftist Turn: Neoliberal Policy Stickiness and Sociopolitical Situation

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by / on April 21, 2015 at 1:16 pm / in Asia, Europe, Greg Graff, Web Columnists, World

Rational and Nonrational Processes in Foreign Naval Procurement

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by / on April 20, 2015 at 6:28 pm / in Domestic, Judicial

The People’s Constitution: How Shifts in Public Opinion Affect the Supreme Court

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by / on April 19, 2015 at 2:36 pm / in Africa, World

Turning Civil War Into Civil Society: Conflict Termination and its Effects on the Postwar Society

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by / on April 18, 2015 at 1:51 am / in Campus, Events

Events 04/20-04/24

by Monday, Apr 20th The EU Growth Challenge and the Investment Plan for Europe Monday, April 20, 2015 – 6:00pm – 7:30pm Columbia University Morningside Campus Jerome Greene Hall, Room 107 European growth has been in stagnation since the financial crisis of 2007-2009. But Europe is suffering not only from low growth. Even more worryingly, its long-term growth potential is in […]

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by / on April 12, 2015 at 7:29 pm / in Campus, Events

Events 04/13-04/18

by Monday, Apr 13th The Columbia Academic Symposium in International Relations with Jamie Kirchick: A Critical Response Monday, April 13, 2015 – 10:30am – 6:00pm CIRCA Academics held the annual Columbia Academic Symposium in International Relations on the 11th of April this year, hosting accomplished journalist Jamie Kirchick, best known for breaking the story on Texas Senator Ron Paul’s homophobic and racist newsletters, […]

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