Monthly Archives: April 2012

Innovations in a Time of Cholera: bridging the gap between social media and social change

By: Maija Ehlinger David Brooks of the New York Times wrote an Op-Ed piece earlier this month evaluating the idealistic worldview of today’s youth. According to Brooks, student activism in the 21st Century misses the mark for creating systemic global change, claiming that this created “service religion” underestimates the problems of the world, and tries to […]

Contemporary Challenges: Questions of Nationalism and Multicultural Acceptance in Europe

By: Mia Schatz In Oslo, Norway on July 22, 2011, Anders Breivik detonated a car bomb near a cluster of government buildings, killing 8 people and wounding 209. He then continued on to a Labour Party youth camp, dressed as a police officer, where he shot and murdered 69 people and wounded another 33, all […]

India’s far reach

By: Lauren Webb With the test launch of the Agni V this week, India is capable of striking northern parts of China previously out of reach militarily. The only other countries with long-range weapons of this capability are the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, an international body India has sought to join […]

Tunisia as the Future of Muslim Politics

By: Matthew Pesce The overthrow of Tunisia’s longtime strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who held power for decades, led to democratic elections that reverberated throughout the region. The importance of such an event cannot be overstated. The process of democratic transition is one that is new not only to Tunisia but also the broader […]

Turkey: A Rising Power

By: Kate Cyr The generation coming of age in the United States has good reason to think their country’s global standing will change within their lifetime. “Threats” to its global dominance seem to target Americans from every angle: China’s economy is becoming more powerful by the day, Jihadists attack American cities, developing nations no longer […]

Günther Grass: What Really Needs to be Said

By: Christopher Linnan On April 4, 2012 renowned German author Günther Grass published his poem “Was gesagt werden muss,” or “What Needs to be Said” in the Süddeutsche Zeitung, a daily liberal South German Newspaper with a nationwide readership of 1.1 million.  Grass’s poem provides a stinging rebuke of what he perceives to be a […]

Tunisia, Women’s Rights, And Constitutional Reform

By: Martin Sigalow Tunisia, a country many view as a relatively benign member of the so-called “Arab Spring” countries, is currently in a crucial governmental transition period that will determine the role civil and religious issues will play in governmental policies. Tunisian general elections were held last October following the ouster of former Tunisian autocrat […]


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