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Ready for Pillory

February 11, 2016

by ANDY GOTTLIEB WASHINGTON — “We need a Commander in Chief who sees how all of these dynamics fit together – someone who sees the whole chessboard, as Hillary Clinton does.” So ends a letter by 10 former diplomats and national security officials criticizing Bernie Sanders’ foreign policy credentials. The common refrain throughout the campaign […]

IDEV Magazine Launches With Migration Theme

December 21, 2015

This fall, Perspectives, the student-run publication in the SAIS International Development department, marked the launch of the 2015-2016 journal with events on the Washington, D.C. and SAIS Europe campuses. Led by editor-in-chief Gabor Debreczeni, the editorial team includes senior editors Ashley Augsburger and Deea Ariana and editor Brittany Grabel in D.C. and editors Maria Lopez […]

Gathering the SAIS Family Around the Table

December 21, 2015

SAIS Europe Celebrates the Traditional American Holiday With a Dash of International Flair BY KADY HAMMER AND ANNA VASUDEVAN, SAIS OBSERVER BOLOGNA, Italy — As mentioned at the Thanksgiving dinner held Friday, Nov. 27 at SAIS Europe by honorary speaker Lee Sutton, Thanksgiving is all about tradition. According to Sutton, the social meaning of Thanksgiving […]

Continuing the Discussion: China’s Growing Role in Ensuring Global Security

December 21, 2015

China Should Commit to Global Coalition to Battle Extremists BY MATTHEW GANDOLFO, SAIS OBSERVER In light of recent terrorist attacks in France and Mali, as well as continued conflicts in Syria, the world’s most powerful countries must re-examine their approach to securing the global commons and preventing conflict. China’s rise as to become second largest […]

SAIS Europe Students Attend 15th Annual World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates

December 1, 2015

BY ANA VASUDEVAN & KADY HAMMER The Saturday morning session began with a moment of silence. Reflecting on the events of Nov. 13, the Nobel laureates shared their thoughts on the previous night’s tragedy in Paris, relating their condolences to those affected while also addressing difficult issues such as the treatment of migrants entering into […]

SAIS Alum Discusses Work in Risk Analysis

December 1, 2015

BY FATIMA NANAVATI BOLOGNA, Italy — SAIS Europe welcomed alumnus John Raines back to Bologna earlier this month for a series of talks and career panel discussions. Raines was an ideal guest speaker, having worked up an impressive track record in the arena of international relations and risk analysis. Before coming to SAIS, Raines worked […]

Continuing the Discussion: Russian Involvement in Syria…

December 1, 2015

Russian Involvement in Syria Deserves Benefit of the Doubt BY ANDREW KOVTUN It has now been four and a half years since the beginning of the Syrian conflict. Official estimates range from 220,000 to 310,000 dead, with at least 30,000 of that count being children. That figure does not take into account the more than […]

New SAIS IPE Professor, Dr. Ling Chen, Talks Chinese Political Economy

December 1, 2015

BY KAJ MALDEN Dr. Ling Chen is an assistant professor in the International Political Economy program at SAIS. Dr. Chen holds a PhD in political science from Johns Hopkins University, where she wrote her dissertation on the varieties of local state capitalism in China after economic reform. Prior to joining the SAIS faculty in 2015, […]

Life is Like a Bologna of Chocolates

December 1, 2015

BY FATIMA NANAVATI BOLOGNA, Italy – Italy has long been praised for being a culinary epicenter of Europe and the city of Bologna continues to uphold its delicious reputation. From Nov. 11 through 15, Bologna hosted the 11th edition of the famous CioccoShow fair. The fair first made an appearance this year at the Milan […]

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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