Essays

Confronting the ‘Post-Conflict’ Label: An Exploration of Ethno ...

Note: this paper was excerpted from a longer thesis, which is accessible here: brody-thesis-final.     Introduction “There is something uniquely shameful about Cyprus. The political  quagmire our children have inherited is just being passed on, […]

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First Place – Wrestling with Rootlessness, Individual and Politi ...

  Under the most diverse conditions and disparate circumstances, we watch the development of the same phenomena: homelessness on an unprecedented scale, rootlessness to an unprecedented depth. – Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951)   Rakin […]

Second Place – From Pan-Arabism to Pan-Africanism: Sonic Solidar ...

  Soit que l’on considère le Maroc du point de vue social, comme membre de la grande famille musulmane, soit que, par sa nature géographique, on l’intègre dans l’Afrique septentrionale, ce pays n’en occupe pas moins […]

Third Place – Repatriating Machu Picchu: On the Yale Peruvian Ex ...

  Stone within stone, and man, where was he? -Pablo Neruda, “Heights of Machu Picchu”, 1944   One of the most astounding displays of national unity in Peru occurred in early 2007, when Machu Picchu, the […]

Honorable Mention – Disaggregating the Coercive Apparatus: The C ...

“Our revolution is your revolution,” yelled General Rachid Ammar to more than 1000 demonstrators in the Tunis public square, relieving the infamous coercive apparatus of its most infamous function of regime maintenance.[1] Yet on the same […]

Honorable Mention – Ground Truth: A Comparison of SOF Operations ...

In October 2015 the U.S.-Afghan conflict entered its fifteenth year, the longest-running war in U.S. history, but with little progress to show for it in terms of both security and development. A Taliban force that numbered […]

“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 […]

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 […]

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