• Unhealed Wounds

    Unhealed Wounds

    On Thursday morning, March 5, South Koreans were in consternation at the sight of the bleeding American ambassador, Mark W. Lippert, played and replayed on TV. The attack occurred at a restaurant at the Sejong Center for performing arts, where Lippert was to deliver an address for the breakfast event sponsored by the organization Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation.

  • Nigeria: The New Pakistan or the End of Boko Haram?

    Nigeria: The New Pakistan or the End of Boko Haram?

    Nigeria’s army has been long recognized as one of Africa’s most well equipped and organized, but events over the past years including its failure to quell Boko Haram have called this into question. The case of Nigeria echoes that of the Pakistan and the Islamists in the Waziristan tribal regions, with both states having effectively lost control over large portions of their territory to Islamic extremist groups.

  • Events 03/30-04/03

    Events 03/30-04/03

    Weekly Events Post

  • Two Wings of the Same Bird

    Two Wings of the Same Bird

    “Cuba and Puerto Rico are two wings of the same bird,” said the Puerto Rican poet Lola Rodríguez de Tió in her poem “A Cuba.” In 1895 these words echoed the close bonds and common heritage that the two island-nations shared and had shared for centuries.

  • Charge of the Right Brigade

    Charge of the Right Brigade

    European countries have traditionally had political parties that range from the very liberal to the very conservative, stretching further in both directions than, say, the two political parties in the United States. Historically, the more conservative parties remained firmly on the fringes of society and did not gained much power politically. The recent changes in the ethnic distribution of European population, mainly due to a massive influx of immigration, have popularized the furthest-right parties, most of which have an aggressive anti-immigration stance.

  • Denial on Trial

    Denial on Trial

    The Armenian Genocide–as these events would later be known–is a lasting source of contention between Armenians and Turks. Armenians actively remember the Meds Yeghern and some use the historical event to bolster legal claims against the successor state of Ottoman Turkey. On the other hand, the modern Turkish state actively ignores these grimmer portions of its earlier history, leveraging its substantial geopolitical clout to cloud the historical record documenting the horrific crimes that occurred within its borders.

  • Slick Dealings

    Slick Dealings

    While Jordan continues to consolidate the Hashemite political rule over the country, and to assert its stable position amidst regional conflict, it is also necessary to consider key aspects of the economy like energy security, and to move towards a more self-sufficient electricity and fuel economy.

  • Seoul Mates

    Seoul Mates

    Seventy years have passed since the division of Korea and the Northern regime has now reached its third successor, Kim Jong-Un. Many believed that the young leader Kim Jong-Un would not be able to hold together the isolated, poverty stricken, and economically stagnated North Korea. Until last year, talks about an imminent reunification were prevalent in South Korea, attested by South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s emphasis on reunification in her 2014 New Year’s press conference.

  • An Uncomfortable Past

    An Uncomfortable Past

    Pundits list South Korea’s close economic ties with China and need for China’s cooperation in dealing with North Korea as possible reasons for this unprecedented closeness. But another factor unrelated to the economy or security is likely prompting this intimacy—namely, the two countries’ strong sense of solidarity as victims of Japanese imperialism. Beginning in 2013, the tension between South Korea and Japan over unresolved historical controversies has risen, culminating in the suspension of dialogue between the highest-level leaders.

  • Who’s Responsible?

    Who’s Responsible?

    Much of the media frenzy surrounding the Ebola epidemic in West Africa has been a product of intense focus on the grotesque symptoms of the disease. The media has also fixated on the chaos that ensued in the most deeply affected countries. Reports have described hospitals overrun with Ebola patients, with other important aspects of medical caregiving such as maternal healthcare and AIDS treatment left unattended, and dead bodies abandoned out of fear of contamination in the streets of Freetown, Liberia. This coverage has unfortunately failed to call attention to the many factors that contributed to Ebola’s rapid spread, including the weak initial response to the disease.

Recent Additions

by / on March 23, 2015 at 8:09 pm / in Cover Story, Current Issue, Issue, Latin America, World

Close But No Cigar

Ten years ago, hardly anyone would have been able to predict that a new era of relations between Cuba and the United States would start with Netflix. And yet, last month’s expansion of the American on-demand streaming service into Cuba signified the first step of a brighter future between two old North American rivals. For the better part of the 20th century, the bitterly strained relations between Cuba and the United States constituted the prime regional rivalry in North America. The December 2014 normalization of relations between the two nations looks to usher in a new age of economic and diplomatic prosperity. Despite receiving conservative backlash for his actions, Barack Obama, by reestablishing diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States, has taken long overdue steps to bolster a potentially crucial regional ally.

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by / on March 8, 2015 at 9:44 pm / in Campus, Events

Events 03/09-03/13

Event post before spring break!

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by / on March 1, 2015 at 11:03 pm / in Campus, Events

Events 03/02-03/08

Highlight of the week: The Political Concepts conference returns to Columbia University. Friday, March 6, 2015 – Saturday, March 7, 2015
Jerome Greene Hall (Law School), Jerome Greene Annex

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by / on February 23, 2015 at 2:03 am / in Campus, Events

Events 02/23-03/01

Your weekly event post

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by / on February 15, 2015 at 11:07 pm / in Campus, Events

Events 02/16 – 02/22

Your weekly events post.
Stay warm!

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by / on February 4, 2015 at 2:11 pm / in Asia, Current Issue, World

Winds of Change from an Unlikely Place

Jenny Yeji Yoo explores reforms in North Korea.

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by / on February 3, 2015 at 1:42 am / in Campus, Events

Events 02/02 – 02/08

Weekly Events Post is back!

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by / on December 21, 2014 at 2:56 pm / in Current Issue, Domestic, Environmental

Water Pressures

The optimal way to tackle the issue of water scarcity in California is not simply by pressuring consumers, but rather by enacting water restrictions on producers, particularly those in large-scale agriculture and energy production.

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by / on December 21, 2014 at 2:56 pm / in Current Issue, Latin America, World

“It Was The State”

Thousands of protesters gathered in the Zocalo of Mexico City, chanting “Fue el Estado”: “It was the State.” As the ornate baroque wood of the Palace, witness to almost four centuries of Mexican politics, was consumed in flames, the protesters’ cries were vindicated. The image created by a few instigators legitimized the protesters’ chant by its dramatic and symbolic force: it seems obvious, almost intuitive: yes, it was the state.

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by / on December 21, 2014 at 2:56 pm / in Asia, Current Issue, World

Myan-marred Relations

Chinese participation in the Burmese economy—and civil conflict—at the people’s expense has delegitimized Beijing in the eyes of Burmese citizens. China has argued it is providing employment and crucial infrastructure to a truly underdeveloped region. However, ethnic minority activists are skeptical that the benefits of China’s economic activity in Burma will trickle down as far as officials claim.

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