Essays

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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