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by / on March 23, 2015 at 8:45 pm / in Asia, Current Issue, World

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.

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by / on March 23, 2015 at 8:39 pm / in Africa, Current Issue, World

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.

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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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