Acheson Prize

The Importance of Sustainability in China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Written by: Moises Escobar, Berkeley College ’20 The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)—a massive infrastructure integration project undertaken by the Chinese government in 2013 to improve the connectivity between Asia, Europe, and parts of Africa—covers more […]

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Importing Arms, Exporting the Revolution: Mehdi Hashemi and His Fatal ...

Written by Rosa Shapiro-Thompson The story that broke in the small Lebanese weekly, Ash-Shiraa, on November 3, 1986, led to the exposure of a tangled story of secret arms deals and deceptions. It involved Israeli encouragement, […]

Historical Mirrorism: Reckoning with Migration and Integration in Ital ...

Written by Trinh Truong “Friendship is indispensable to man for the proper function of his memory. Remembering our past, carrying it with us always, may be the necessary requirement for maintaining, as they say, the wholeness […]

“A Transcript from Nature”: De-Essentializing Narratives of Imperi ...

Written by Oriana Tang Beginning in 1514 with the arrival of the first Portuguese traders, the port of Canton in southeastern China became what postcolonial scholar Mary Louise Pratt calls a “contact zone”: a “space in […]

Developing Socially Conscious Curricula for Somali Schools: Teaching H ...

Written by Noora Reffat INTRODUCTION Since 1983, the Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation (DHAF) has served Somalia by promoting peace, health, and education in Hope Village, a camp for internally-displaced Somalis turned-city, located outside of Mogadishu. The […]

Reverse Cap-and-Trade for Refugees: A Proposal to Ameliorate the Refug ...

Written by Jordan Farenhem Introduction From 2014 to 2017, over 1.8 million refugees were accepted by member states of the European Union.[1] In 2015 alone, over a million refugees sought asylum and were taken in by […]

Announcing the 2018 Acheson Prize Winners

“The passing decades confirm Dean Acheson’s place as the clearest thinking, most effective Secretary of State of the twentieth century. As a writer he has no equal since Thomas Jefferson first occupied the office in the […]

First Place — On the Shores of Bab-el-Mandeb: Assessing China’s F ...

Image caption:  U.S. Navy Sailors assigned to Camp Lemonnier walk on the deck of the Chinese hospital ship, Ark Peace, in the Port of Djibouti, August 28, 2017. (Source) This essay was originally published in the […]

Second Place — Marine Biodiversity Protection in the Arctic: A Prop ...

This essay first appeared in the Acheson Prize 2018 Issue of the Yale Review of International Studies. Abstract As global climate change accelerates sea ice loss in the Arctic Circle and Antarctica while the size of […]

Third Place — A Critical Examination of Israeli LGBT Advancements: G ...

Image taken by Surbhi Bharadwaj (’20). This essay appeared in the Acheson Prize 2018 Issue of the Yale Review of International studies. Introduction Vibrant rainbow-colored flags dot the crowd. People of all gender and sexual identities […]

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