Essays

The Outsiders: How The Lives of Margaret Thatcher and Angela Merkel Cr ...

“We want the Community to move forward as twelve… Europe is strongest when it grows through willing co-operation and practical measures, not compulsion or bureaucratic dreams.” – Margaret Thatcher in the House of Commons (1990) “Nobody […]

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The ‘Modern Galahad’ and the ‘Apostle of Kultur’: Representat ...

Although Kiboriani and Buigiri were called “Women’s Camp,” the [German military] man placed in charge of them was quite unfit to have the charge of ladies. His morals were bad. He was habitually rude to everybody, […]

A YIRA Photoessay: The Social and Economic Development of Rio De Janei ...

In March 2014, seven Yale undergraduates traveled to Rio de Janeiro as part of the Yale International Relations Association spring break delegation to Brazil. The purpose of the trip was to study Rio’s economic development leading […]

1st Place – The Historiography of Postwar and Contemporary Histo ...

The Allied and Associated Governments affirm and Germany accepts the responsibility of Germany and her allies for causing all the loss and damage to which the Allied and Associated Governments and their nationals have been subjected […]

2nd Place – Sinking their Claws into the Arctic: Prospects for S ...

“The Arctic is not only the Arctic Ocean… It is the place where the Eurasian, North American, and Asian Pacific regions meet, where the frontiers come close to one another and the interests of the states… […]

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, […]

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, […]

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