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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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by / on November 8, 2015 at 1:01 am / in Current Issue

Shorty Keeps Running Away

by At 8:52 PM on July 11, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera – so called for his short stature – was pacing restlessly across his cell in Altiplano, Mexico’s only super-maximum-security prison. He proceeded to sit on his bed and change his shoes, just before walking to the shower area in the corner of his cell. Security camera footage showed […]

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by / on October 30, 2015 at 3:17 pm / in Africa, Web Columnists

Dangerous Times for Algeria

by Change is inevitable in everything, but in politics, some changes are more significant than others. In Algeria, the past month has brought one such a change: General Mohamed Mediene, also known as Toufik, has departed from the “Departement du renseignement et de la securite” (DRS), the Algerian secret services. The Algerian government has a complex and obscure structure in […]

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by / on October 19, 2015 at 11:07 am / in World

What You Need to Know: Ukraine

The upheaval in the Ukraine is rapidly escalating; we’ve compiled the best thinking on the topic to help you keep up

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by / on October 3, 2015 at 7:26 pm / in Asia, Campus, Events, Most Recent Column, World

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

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by / on August 10, 2015 at 9:45 am / in Middle East, National Security, World, World

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.

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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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