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Constructing a Bogeyman: Osama bin Laden as a Totem for Global Muslim ...

Since 9/11, the War on Terror has created no greater cult of personality than that surrounding Osama bin Laden. The late Saudi has become part political icon, part terrorist extraordinaire, and part myth in the folkloric […]

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Dehumanization: How the Most Needy Bear the Ignorance of the Powerful ...

This comment is a continuation of the YIRA Winter 2016 International Trip Group’s Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir, Turkey Trip Summary. “The terrorists, they took her… my wife, the love of my life. You know, she’s a simple […]

What the Ocean Swallowed

This comment is a continuation of the YIRA Winter 2016 International Trip Group’s Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir, Turkey Trip Summary. The ocean has always been one of my biggest fears. Its depth unfathomable, its breadth unparalleled, with […]

Political and Economic Sustainability of Turkey’s Refugee Response

This comment is a continuation of the YIRA Winter 2016 International Trip Group’s Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir, Turkey Trip Summary. In 2015, as a response to the Syrian refugee crisis, the Obama administration resolved to increase the […]

Why the Open Doors? How Turkey May Benefit from Accepting Syrian Refug ...

This comment is a continuation of the YIRA Winter 2016 International Trip Group’s Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir, Turkey Trip Summary. Reports have been emerging in recent weeks of thousands of Syrians waiting at the Turkish border, a […]

Turkey and the European Union Concerning the Syrian Refugee Crisis

This comment is a continuation of the YIRA Winter 2016 International Trip Group’s Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir, Turkey Trip Summary. Background: The European Union has the original purpose of creating stability on the European continent. Historically this […]

Syrian Refugees in Turkey: The Human Reality

This comment is a continuation of the YIRA Winter 2016 International Trip Group’s Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir, Turkey Trip Summary. Eight days into the Turkey research trip that ten Yalies and I were on, I found myself […]

The Study of The Syrian Refugee Crisis in the Context of Turkey

Trip Summary: YIRA Winter 2016 International Trip to Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir, Turkey During our 11-days stay at Turkey, we had the incredible opportunity to meet all those involved in the care of Syrian refugees and of […]

The Persistence of the FARC Conflict

This comment is a continuation of the YIRA Winter 2016 International Trip Group’s Bogotá, Colombia Trip Summary. The persistence of the FARC conflict in Colombia is in itself fascinating. When we think about attempted revolutions and […]

Peace Negotiation: A Reflection

This comment is a continuation of the YIRA Winter 2016 International Trip Group’s Bogotá, Colombia Trip Summary. “Si los árboles hablaran todo lo que ven, no existiría la impunidad”- Noris Ascanio. In the heart of the […]

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