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Prof. Del Sarto’s Take on Palestine’s Future

Prof. Del Sarto’s Take on Palestine’s Future

November 18, 2014

By JANAE MARTIN BOLOGNA — The new EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, said this week that she wants to see the creation of a Palestinian state in five years, before her term is over. This statement follows on the heels of the UK’s symbolic vote to recognize the State of Palestine, and France has given […]

SAISers Book Trips, and Offer Fall Break Reading Picks

November 17, 2014

by RUI ZHONG WASHINGTON — In a matter of days, students, staff and faculty at the Washington campus will prepare to start Fall Break. For some, Fall Break involves a relaxing “stay-cation” to catch up on schoolwork or rest up before final exams. For others, Fall Break presents a week-long opportunity to travel for sightseeing, […]

SAIS Perspectives Ready to Launch with a New Look

SAIS Perspectives Ready to Launch with a New Look

November 17, 2014

by BRYN JANSSON BOLOGNA, Italy — The world is changing, and SAIS Perspectives is changing with it. After years of publishing a yearly magazine, the International Development (IDEV) department’s student-run publication is moving to an online-only magazine and blog this year. The reasons, according to editorial board member Deea Ariana, were numerous, and in the […]

HNC Students and Alumni Walk the Wall

HNC Students and Alumni Walk the Wall

November 17, 2014

by JOHN GRAHAM NANJING — On Saturday, Nov. 8, current HNC students and alumni participated in the annual Wall Walk, a visit to the old City Wall of Nanjing. Forty students and faculty got together with 50 alumni to tour the City Wall, partly to get some fresh air and exercise, and partly to exchange […]

HNCers Go To APEC Youth Program

HNCers Go To APEC Youth Program

November 17, 2014

by CHASE STEWART NANJING — From Monday, Nov. 3 to Monday, Nov. 10, two HNC students, Michael Hoffman and Dennis Hong, represented their respective countries, the USA and South Korea, at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Youth Program in Beijing. This program was a precursor to the APEC Summit which ran Nov. 10-11. Each of the […]

Real Housewives of APEC Renewed After Drama-Filled Season

November 17, 2014

by MICHAEL ALLEN (@MikeAllenW) BEIJING — Posting record-breaking ratings in the highly competitive category of “geopolitical summit reality program,” the Bravo network has announced it will renew the Real Housewives of APEC into 2016 on the heels of yet another scandal-rocked multinational tryst. True to form, the Real Housewives of APEC tore up the summit […]

A Critique of the UK Vote on the International Status of Palestine

November 17, 2014

by RYAN BENDER and SETH CLARE BOLOGNA — On October 13th, the U.K. House of Commons voted to unilaterally recognize a Palestinian state.  The vote, which is purely symbolic and will have no tangible impact on U.K. foreign policy, seems to be a public expression of frustration with the Netanyahu-led Israeli government rather than a […]

Murmurs of a Third Intifada

Murmurs of a Third Intifada

November 17, 2014

by YAEL MIZRAHI WASHINGTON — Claims of a third Palestinian Intifada have been increasing over the past month, as Jerusalem has seen an upsurge in violence, leaving 6 Israelis dead, and scores of Palestinians incarcerated. The tenuous stability of Israeli-Palestinian relations in the city remains tense, which never fully recovered since violence erupted last June—with […]

Nanjing Convenes “The Silk Web in the 21st Century” Conference

Nanjing Convenes “The Silk Web in the 21st Century” Conference

November 17, 2014

by ANNE MEREDITH NANJING — On Nov. 7 and 8, nearly 35 scholars from around the world converged on the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for the second international conference to be held at the Center this year. The conference, entitled “The Silk Web in the 21st Century: Global Landscapes Among the West, China, and Southwest Asia”, brought […]

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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