News & Features

Nepal Earthquake Devastates Headlines About Bruce Jenner

May 2, 2015

By MICHAEL ALLEN @MikeAllenW Countless headlines about ABC’s massively popular two-hour Bruce Jenner interview were tragically lost Saturday when news broke of 3,200 dead following a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal. With both stories deemed newsworthy, consumers of the media zeitgeist were forced to confront the fact that an intriguing story of bravery, introspection, self-identity, and […]

Money Says ‘Free Speech’ Title Oppressive, Insensitive

May 2, 2015

By MICHAEL ALLEN @MikeAllenW Washington D.C. – Billions of dollars of future 2016 presidential campaign contributions issued a joint statement this morning from the 6th annual Stacks-Upon-Stacks Currency convention declaring that the term “free speech” is an insensitive, oppressive fiscal slur that perpetuates unfair stereotypes created by an invisible morally-privileged power structure known as Citizen’s United. […]

Vote Against Political Dynasties

May 2, 2015

By PATRICK REAR BOLOGNA — Hillary Clinton’s announcement last Sunday that she intends to seek the U.S. presidency in 2016 to succeed President Barack Obama stirred up the beehive of political pundits and commentators that had been speculating about her potential run since she lost the 2008 Democratic primary elections to then-Senator Obama. In the […]

Springing for That Unpaid Internship?

May 2, 2015

By PATRICK REAR BOLOGNA — On the internship hunt for this semester, I’ve been struck by a conundrum that has haunted me my whole life: should I spring for all the unpaid internships that claim to give me the “experience” I will need after graduation on top of my degree from SAIS and all my […]

Never Forget: April 7 and the Rwandan Genocide

May 1, 2015

By JOSHUA AHYONG WASHINGTON — April is a month the international community wants to forget. This is because on April 7, the world remembers the beginning of the Rwandan Genocide. The United Nations declares that day as an “annual day of reflection on the genocide.” This is the least the UN can do. The UN […]

AGOA’s Next Challenge: Agriculture

May 1, 2015

By BRIAN CORRY WASHINGTON — The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) has still not had a significant effect on agricultural exports from sub-Saharan Africa. This is critical because the agricultural sector in Africa employs 60% of the population, and makes up a disproportionate percentage of African GDP. In 2009, agriculture made up 12.9% of […]

Saudi Overreach in Yemen

May 1, 2015

By GEOFFREY KING Saudi Arabia’s operation “Decisive Storm” morphed into “Restoring Hope” on April 21, 2015. Air strikes against the Houthi Movement and allied Yemeni army forces undertaken by Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners failed to achieve the primary goals of “Decisive Storm”: crushing the Houthis and re-instating President Abdu Rabbuh Mansour Hadi. Leading […]

A Case for the “Africa Growth and Opportunity Act”

May 1, 2015

By Joseph Webster WASHINGTON — Africa is and should be increasingly important to the United States. There are over 800 million individuals living on the continent. This constitutes a potentially huge consumer market. According to the Standard Bank, Nigeria alone will add approximately 7.6 million additional middle-class households in the next 16 years. Africa may […]

Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and the Bomb

May 1, 2015

By PAUL LEUCK WASHINGTON– Saudi Arabia’s ongoing bombing campaign in Yemen, Operations Decisive Storm and Renewing Hope, highlights a looming contradiction in future American policy toward the Middle East. By forming a coalition including eight other Arab air forces, and gaining American logistical and intelligence support, Saudi Arabia’s Yemen intervention shows how a potential nuclear […]

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Interviews with leaders from the world of international relations

Lt. Col. John Nagl (Ret.), “America’s Soldier Scholar”

Insurgencies develop because governments are not meeting the needs of their populations. An insurgency is a rebellion against a government that its people feel is incompetent or malicious or indifferent – often, all of the above.

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Lt. Col. John Nagl (Ret.), “America’s Soldier Scholar”
Francis Fukuyama, former SAIS professor

“Law can be used to control a population, but rule of law as I think it’s properly understood only exists if it applies to the most powerful people in a given society, the people with coercive power.”

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Francis Fukuyama, former SAIS professor
Madeleine Alright, Former U.S. Secretary of State

An animated Albright tells her tale with brio and candor.

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Madeleine Alright, Former U.S. Secretary of State