Essays

“The Disinherited”: Migration, Survival, and the Underclass in Teh ...

In early spring of 1979, after the exile of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi and amidst the rule of the Provisional Government, Iranians from a diverse set of backgrounds rejoiced in the streets of Tehran and other […]

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Tribal Rugs: Weaving Modernity into Afghanistan

The complexity of Afghanistan’s carpets extends well beyond their appearance. Afghan tribes have been weaving in Central Asia for thousands of years, using their hands to create vibrant masterpieces of all sizes. These carpets became involved […]

Across the Border:  Using Music to Bridge the US-Cuban Divide

Introduction  While cultural interactions between the US and Cuba have taken place even during tense political times, they will inevitably increase in the near future due to recent announcements by both countries to normalize relations. These […]

The Bharatiya Janata Party and the State of Consociational Rule in Ind ...

Power-sharing theory holds that democracy is possible in deeply divided societies but only if their type of democracy is consociational, that is, characterized by (1) grand coalition governments that include representatives of all major linguistic and […]

Facing the Facts and Translating to Action: The American Media and Gov ...

The American media has long been tasked with the daunting duty of reckoning with evil and presenting it to a relatively naive public.  Genocide—“the darkest word in the human language”—a term not coined until the mid […]

A Multitude of Sins: Modeling Aid-Driven Conflict

“We are poor not because of a lack of aid; we are poor because aid does not reach the targeted populations.” – Timbuktu secondary school teacher[1] In 2012, the Muslim Tuareg minority in northern Mali rebelled […]

Eurovision and the Making of Queer (Counter-)Cultural Diplomacy

Irish drag artist Panti Bliss once joked that May 23, 2015 “has the potential to be so gay that the Earth’s orbit is affected,” since the Eurovision Song Contest and the Irish marriage equality referendum were […]

Engaging Non-State Armed Groups in the ‘Fight’ Against Sexual and ...

Introduction According to the UN Secretary-General’s 2014 report, “Conflict Related Sexual Violence,” Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) is closely related to larger issues of insecurity, security-sector reform, and to the incomplete, and/or flawed disarmament, demobilization, and […]

Growing Up Green in Rajasthan: Feminism and Grassroots Desertificatio ...

Introduction To what extent did the Piplantri reforestation succeed in its goal to promote gender equality and empower women and girls in the village? This initiative has been examined on its own, as well as through […]

The Impact of 2014 U.S Economic Sanctions on Russian Public Welfare an ...

The use of economic sanctions as an alternative to military conflict can be traced back to Pericles’ issuing of the Megarian Decree in 432 B.C.[1] While the exact reasoning for the sanctions is still debated, historian […]

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