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Highlights From Recent IRLenz

Highlights From Recent IRLenz

October 27, 2014

WASHINGTON — The SAIS Observer’s IRlenz column has produced numerous interviews with journalists, policymakers and other leaders in international relations. From Pulitzer-prize winners to State Department officials, this is a look back at some of the more recent IRlenz interviews The SAIS Observer has conducted.   Spotlighting War Crimes, URL March 11, 2014 — Roy Gutman, […]

Kim Jong-un Disappointed to Learn He Wasn’t Deposed, Still Has 24 Million Koreans to Oppress

October 27, 2014

by MICHAEL ALLEN PYONGYANG — Upon viewing pictures of himself in his first public appearance in over a month, North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un was reportedly shocked, disappointed, and even a bit horrified to see that all of the hopeful rumors of his overthrow were, in fact, false. Alas, say sources close to what […]

Bologna Club Fair a Sweet Success

Bologna Club Fair a Sweet Success

October 27, 2014

by BRYN JANSSON BOLOGNA — Close to 100 students packed Giulio’s Bar on SAIS Europe’s campus Thursday night for the Student Government Association’s Club Fair. Derek Brooks, one of the SGA representatives organizing the fair, said 28 different clubs signed up for a table. The browsing students had a wide variety of clubs to join, […]

Do You Know Kung Fu?

Do You Know Kung Fu?

October 27, 2014

by IAN WEISSGERBER NANJING — Kung Fu, an ancient form of Chinese martial arts believed to have originated during the Xia Dynasty under the Yellow Emperor, is a cornerstone of Chinese civilization. The many schools of Kung Fu all encompass numerous philosophical aspects such as the concept of qi, loosely described as “energy flow” and believed […]

Beauty and Complexity in Nanjing

Beauty and Complexity in Nanjing

October 27, 2014

by CHRIS SCOTT NANJING — Underlying the discussion of China’s continued economic rise are myriad prescriptions for what China must do moving forward. At the annual TedxNanjing conference last Sunday, one of the most important pieces to the puzzle that is China’s continued success was on display. Since China’s opening, entrepreneurialism has been one of […]

Unconditional Prisoner Release by Pyongyang a Sign of Things to Come?

October 27, 2014

By NATHAN FISCHLER NANJING — Jeffrey Fowle, one of three American nationals being held in detention in North Korea, was released last week after five months in prison in the reclusive communist state. Mr. Fowle allegedly left a Bible in a club in the North Korean city of Chongjin. The Pyongyang regime regards proselytization as a […]

Professor Erik Jones Talks Germany, Eurozone

October 27, 2014

by JANAE MARTIN BOLOGNA — Relations in the Eurozone grow ever more tangled. Germany is assisting France with its budget and structural reforms while pretending to ignore France’s constant flouting of EU deficit rules. After recent reports from the IMF, which cut predictions for economic growth in Europe, countries are pressing the German government to invest […]

Is the German Stance as Moral as they Think?

October 27, 2014

by SHUJA MALIK BOLOGNA — To a varying degree everyone realizes that Germany needs to increase its public spending to help Eurozone out of this crisis. Even the Germans know it. They have a decaying infrastructure and the austerity is hurting their own economy. According to a recent Washington Post article “Germany’s economy shrank at […]

Germany is Being Responsible

October 27, 2014

by JEFF ALLEN BOLOGNA — U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew was the latest voice to join the chorus begging Germany to spend more for the sake of the Eurozone recovery. In doing so, he revealed the disappointing reality that even America is nowhere near learning from its painful mistakes. Since the onset of the global […]

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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
Anish Goel, Former NSC Senior Director

“He hasn’t shied away from talking about poverty [and] he hasn’t shied away from talking about the rapes that are so common in India. So the prime minister is attuned to these issues, and in terms of focus from the government, they are not being overshadowed.”

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Anish Goel, Former NSC Senior Director
Riffat Ullah Orakzai, BBC journalist in Peshawar, Pakistan

“How will they would challenge IS? After my story about the ISIS pamphlets, the provincial government of my province, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, decided in a meeting to confiscate the copies and would keep check on people having sympathies with IS.”

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Riffat Ullah Orakzai, BBC journalist in Peshawar, Pakistan