Essays

Politics in Period Costume: The Popular Front in the Works of Eric Hob ...

All of us inevitably write out of the history of our own times when we look at the past and, to some extent, fight the battles of today in period costume. But those who write only […]

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Egypt Unshackled: Can Egypt and Israel Keep the Cold Peace?

The popular protests that deposed Hosni Mubarak left in its wake critical questions: will the newly-democratizing Egypt continue on the path of former dictator Hosni Mubarak, whereby Egyptian foreign policy was constrained by an alliance with […]

Soviet Lessons from Afghanistan: Insights for Post-2014 Support

Afghanistan is often referred to as the Graveyard of Empires.  In completing the mission that began in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, the United States risks becoming the third global power to be defeated in […]

The Myth of the Failed State: Political Order and Violence in Sub-Saha ...

In 2001, the term “state failure” became one of the structuring concepts of political thought and policy-making in the Western world. Although the term itself – along with the accompanying terminology of failing, troubled, and stressed […]

Growth and Success in Kerala

Introduction to Kerala  Kerala stands out among the states of India, not only for its relative poverty, but for the truly remarkable array of basic health benefits which it manages to provide to its citizens.  Despite […]

Fight in the Cause of God? Dynamics of Religion in Separatist Conflict ...

In 1991, Chechnya, an autonomous republic in the mountainous North Caucasus region of the former Russian Soviet Socialist Republic, declared its independence. Distinct from Russians in religion, ethnicity and language, the predominantly Muslim Chechens had struggled […]

(1st Place) The United Nations Congo Intervention: A Force of Decoloni ...

“1960 was the decolonization year. It was this year that the decolonization process started in full force, and he [Hammarskjold] felt that what happened to the Congo would be extremely important – because of the timing, […]

(2nd Place) Caribbean Zomia: Maroonage and State Evasion in the Jamaic ...

In The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia, James C. Scott proposes a paradigm shift in the historical understanding of populations living outside state control–from the view embedded in the […]

(3rd Place) Unstable Ground: The 1968 Mexico City Student Protests

What happens when a revolution is turned on its head? When the lines between dominators and dominated become blurred? When it is no longer clear who is writing history? These are the questions confronting any study […]

(Hon. Mention) The Cold Arts of War Visual Shorthand for the ‘Long T ...

Just as the distrust, antagonism, and apparent irreconcilability of the Cold War polarized global affairs into communist-Soviet and capitalist-Western camps, so too did it divide the narrative of twentieth century art history. Representing a withered branch […]

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