Essays

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 […]

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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 […]

Strengths, Tensions, and Concerns for US-Saudi Relations from 1979 unt ...

  “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”  Often the foundation for unexpected diplomatic alliances, this intuitive, common notion can help explain why, on the surface, two unlikely allies—the United States, a liberal, Western democratic […]

Radio Free Europe and the Rhetoric of Liberation

Introduction On February 28, 2014 President Barack Obama publicly addressed the military mobilization of Russian forces in the Crimean Peninsula for the first time in a White House press conference. “The Ukrainian people deserve the opportunity […]

We “Still Waiting”: Barriers to the Achievement of Social Equality ...

During its transition to democracy in May of 1996, South Africa adopted one of the most progressive national constitutions of its time—the first in the world to explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, […]

First Place – The Armenian Genocide Centennial and the Politics ...

After the bitter winter months, springtime brings hope and warmth to Yerevan, the Armenian capital. As the melting alpine snow gives way to roaring streams, wildflowers push through the sleepy soil, dotting the earth with yawning […]

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