Essays

3rd Place – Four Ways to Matter in Pakistan: How Four of Pakista ...

Former Pakistani President and Chief of Army Staff Pervez Musharraf entered self-imposed exile in April 2009. Given that he knew he’d face criminal charges in Pakistan and that he had limited support and few political allies, […]

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3rd Place – The Invisible Ring and the Invisible Contract: Corpo ...

In Book I of the Republic, Plato proposes one of the most troubling and puzzling ethical questions in Western philosophical tradition through the “Ring of Gyges” parable: should a person be moral even if he can […]

Honorable Mention – Women of War: The Female Fighters of the Lib ...

Since the start of the Sri Lankan Civil War in 1983, Tamil women have occupied a key role in the conflict. In the struggle for the anticipated state of Tamil Eelam, the socio-cultural role of women […]

Honorable Mention – How Did the Chicken Cross the Pacific? Kentu ...

The story of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) in China begins on November 12, 1987 at around 9:30 AM in central Beijing. On the side of QianmenxiRoad, nestled on the southwest corner of Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, there […]

Beware of Dog: Bluff and Denial in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq

In December 2003, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was hiding in a spider hole. It was a stark decline for a dictator responsible for ensnaring the United States and its allies in two wars. After nine months, […]

Conditional Convenience: Venezuelan Support for FARC Since Hugo Cháve ...

Throughout his time in power, Venezuelan president Hugo Rafael Chávez Frias had a profound effect on the continuity and development of Colombia’s largest guerrilla movement: the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Consequentially, a large body […]

Correcting Distorted Incentives in China’s Health Care System

After Chairman Mao Zedong’s death in 1976, China’s political transition was accompanied by an equally important economic transition and rapid liberalization. Deng Xiaoping, serving as paramount leader of the People’s Republic of China from 1978 to […]

Dictatorial Tendencies: Chaudhry and Pakistan’s Supreme Court

Necessity is the sister of tyranny, and nowhere is such a bond stronger than in Pakistan. In 1958, just eleven years after Pakistan’s founding, Chief Justice Muhammad Munir invoked the “doctrine of necessity” and “test of […]

Obliteration and Affirmation: The Language of Suprematism in Malevich

Following the First World War, the prevailing modernist trend in art underwent a startling transformation. While it initially appeared that painting was traveling along a teleological path towards abstraction, the post-war years saw a widespread return […]

Information and Communication: Two Sides of Information Communication ...

Global Usage of Information Communication Technologies In the past twenty years, the world has experienced tremendous progress in the accessibility of information communication technologies (ICTs). According to the World Bank, the percentage of global Internet users […]

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