Essays

Contradiction and Ambivalence: Mexico’s Cold War and the United States

Image Caption: Former Mexican President López Mateos (left) was one of several presidents to navigate a complex and often contradictory Cold War foreign policy that tended to strain Mexican relations with the United States. With the Allies’ victory […]

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The Disappearance and Murder of Claudina Velasquez: A Story of Gender ...

Image Caption: Velásquez Paiz et al. v. Guatemala in the Inter-American Court revealed Guatemala’s failure to address stereotyping and gender-based violence against women. “I won’t allow the authorities to let my daughter become just another [Guatemalan] murder statistic”[1]. […]

The Oslo Peace Process: The Collapse of Coherence in the Israeli-Pales ...

Image Caption: Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat shake hands at the signing of the 1993 Oslo Declaration of Principles. Introduction The Oslo Peace Process was the first direct, bi-lateral […]

Financing Revolution, Subversion, and Terror: How Armed Non-State Acto ...

Image Caption: Armed non-state actors like Hezbollah require a dependable source of funding, and various factors may affect the diversity of such funding. Introduction Money is the lubricant to any political or military machine, and effective […]

Using Koreanness: Fostering the Growth of the Republic of Korea

Image Caption: Former South Korean President Kim Dae Jung, elected in 1997, pursued an open-ended “Sunshine Policy” with North Korea in hopes of bettering relations between the two countries. Introduction The state’s role in defining the […]

Can Bullets Kill Soft Power? The National Rifle Association as a Threa ...

Image Caption: Although most regard the National Rifle Association (NRA) as relevant and influential to domestic U.S. politics, the organization may in fact threaten the  reputation of the United States as an international moral authority. Introduction […]

The End of War and Peace: The Thesis of Frédéric Gros and the Federa ...

Image Caption: 03/17/2018 – Army Patrol in Vila Kennedy (Rio de Janeiro-RJ). By Mauro Pimentel/Agence France-Presse[1] “The war as ‘armed, public and just conflict,’ slowly disappears, with its lies and its nobilities, its atrocities and its […]

Slovak Anxiety and Europeanisation: Ontological (In)security in Slovak ...

Image Caption: Former Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico (right) has toed the line between arguments in favor of its place in the European Union and nationalist, anti-immigrant rhetoric that starkly contrasts with the position taken by […]

Reconciliation in Settler-Colonial States: A Study of the Political Ap ...

Image Caption: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologizes to the First Nations, the indigenous people who, for over one hundred years of settler-colonialism, suffered from family separation and abuse at the hand of colonial and post-colonial […]

Schools Side-by-Side, but Worlds Apart: The Possibilities of Reconcil ...

This piece was originally published in the Spring 2018 issue of the Yale Review of International Studies. Photo caption: Education Minister, John O’Dowd, pictured with pupils  at the official opening of Gaelscoil na mBeann, a new Irish-medium […]

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