Essays

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 […]

Hydropolitics in the Indus Basin: The Indus Water Treaty & Water ...

Written by Uzair Sattar and Atrey Bhargava Introduction Pakistan could be water scarce by 2025.[1] In recent months, this prediction has generated headlines and galvanized the country as a whole. However, this is not new information; […]

Crossing a Bridge of Memory: Historical Memory and Populist Rhetoric i ...

Written by Ben Gardner-Gill “The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.” — Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting[1] Introduction February 2, 1993 – As Václav Havel crossed the […]

Venezuela and Russia: Geopolitical Allies in the 21st Century

Written by Alexandra O’Brien In recent years, Russian interest in Venezuela has grown considerably, particularly in regard to its natural resources. Given Russia’s historic role in the Cold War and today’s geopolitical balance of power, one […]

Culinary Relations: Gastrodiplomacy in Thailand, South Korea, and Taiw ...

Written by Anna Lipscomb Abstract: Cuisine is an integral part of a nation’s culture and identity, as it captures the essence of its history, traditions, and values. In an era of increasing movement, globalization, and technology, […]

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