• 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.

  • Election Rejection: The Bihar Elections as a Referendum on Modi

    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.”

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

    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.

  • Bridging the Strait: Optimism for Taiwan’s Uncertain Future

    Bridging the Strait: Optimism for Taiwan’s Uncertain Future

    On Saturday, November 7, 2015, Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou met with Chinese president and Communist Party general secretary Xi Jinping in Singapore. This meeting was the highest level encounter between leaders from the two sides of the Taiwan Strait since 1949.

  • Switzerland’s Holes: An Undecided Population in a Far Right Climate

    Switzerland’s Holes: An Undecided Population in a Far Right Climate

    by On February 9th, 2014, Switzerland passed the popular initiative “against mass immigration,” an initiative that has compromised Switzerland’s international position and relationship with the European Union to the point where EU Commissioner Lazlo Andor stated in a press release that “Business [with Switzerland] as usual is not an option.” What led him to use such harsh terms? The referendum, […]

  • When Europe Stops Remembering: Union, Exit, and European Peace

    When Europe Stops Remembering: Union, Exit, and European Peace

    “World peace cannot be safeguarded without the making of creative efforts proportionate to the dangers which threaten it.”

  • Pipe Dream: How Environmentalists Stopped Keystone but Ignored an Oil Revolution

    Pipe Dream: How Environmentalists Stopped Keystone but Ignored an Oil Revolution

    President Obama announced his rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline project, which had called for a 1,179-mile shortcut in existing pipelines that stretch from oil fields in Alberta, Canada, to refineries and ports on the Gulf of Mexico

  • The Challenges of Limited War 2.0

    The Challenges of Limited War 2.0

    Web Columnist Brian Solender explores the nature of the new American foreign policy in the Middle East

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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 1:19 pm / in Uncategorized

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

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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by / on November 21, 2015 at 2:29 pm / in Jenny Yeji Yoo, Most Recent Column, Opinion, World, World

Playing the Zero-Sum like a Positive-Sum

by During his visit to Vietnam, US Secretary of State John Kerry repeatedly asserted confidence in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). He expressed optimism about the future of the deal on August 7, 2015: “I’m very very confident that the TPP is gonna boost trade, improve worker standards, improve environment standards, have a consequence of really raising the standards of business […]

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by / on November 19, 2015 at 10:57 pm / in Europe, World, World

Turkey Election: Trading off Democratic Rights for Stability

Rekha Kennedy, a Columbia junior currently studying abroad in turkey on the country’s recent election

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by / on November 8, 2015 at 1:36 am / in Current Issue, Judicial

Juvenile Injustice

by By Tal Siegel In the 1980s, rapidly increasing crime rates all over the United States spurred widespread panic. By the ʼ90s, the myth of “super predator” teens—adolescents thought to be engaged in rampant, violent crime—had gripped the country, prompting nationwide legislation to lower the age of criminal responsibility. Known as Juvenile Court Exclusion laws, these laws barred many adolescents […]

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by / on November 8, 2015 at 1:33 am / in Asia, Current Issue

Some Yuan Is Getting Me Down

by China is on my mind—and it seems to be on everybody else’s mind as well. You’ve heard it all summer, and the headache is now continuing into autumn: China’s economy is slowing down drastically. Analysts have been predicting that China’s unprecedented 10 percent growth rate would eventually start to atrophy for the last three decades, and it seems that […]

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by / on November 8, 2015 at 1:25 am / in Current Issue

Removing the Stink

by It was a busy night at Mezyan, a new pub on Hamra Street in downtown Beirut on a Friday this past August. It had recently gained a reputation among locals for being a hangout spot for Syrian activists currently in exile. A friend of mine involved in student government at the American University of Beirut was waiting for me, […]

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by / on November 8, 2015 at 1:20 am / in Current Issue

Fight and Flight

by According to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), there are more refugees or displaced persons in the world today than at any point before in human history. The majority of them are children. This summer witnessed the explosion of the Syrian refugee crisis into the Western sphere as desperate Syrians pushed westward to reach some measure of […]

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by / on November 8, 2015 at 1:12 am / in Current Issue, Women's Rights

Security Under Assault

by Russia’s aggressive posture and nuclear arsenal pose “an existential threat to the United States,” according to General Joseph Dunford, now the newest Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the top military leader in the country. The comments, which came during a Senate confirmation hearing for the next chairman, ignited the defense community and revealed a lot about […]

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by / on November 8, 2015 at 1:06 am / in Current Issue

Puerto No Rico

by by Anamaria Lopez When the average American hears of Puerto Rico, several images are likely to enter their mind: white sand, turquoise oceans, and the cast of West Side Story. But behind the façade of picturesque beaches, salsa music, stately Spanish architecture, and seaside resorts lies a far bleaker reality. Puerto Rico is currently suffering from what onlookers in […]

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