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I Can’t Breathe: The Case for Police Cameras

December 7, 2014

by PATRICK REAR BOLOGNA — A Staten Island grand jury refused to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo on Wednesday for the July 17 death of Eric Garner, just a little over a week after the announcement that the grand jury in Ferguson, MO chose not to indict Darren Wilson for his role in the death of Michael […]

SAISers “Walk Out” For Justice

SAISers “Walk Out” For Justice

December 7, 2014

by JAMEEL KHAN WASHINGTON — At 3:30pm on Wednesday, Dec. 2, the Nitze lobby swelled with students, faculty, and administrators gathered to hear second-year students Cory Bullock and Amanda Roach speak spontaneously about rising racial tensions in the United States in the wake of the Staten Island grand jury decision to not indict police officer Daniel […]

SAIS Europe Goes Orange For A Good Cause

SAIS Europe Goes Orange For A Good Cause

December 7, 2014

by BRYN JANSSON BOLOGNA — There was a prominent orange hue on the SAIS Europe campus Tuesday, Dec. 2, but it was not the long-lost sun reappearing. No, it was the SAIS community taking a stand as part of the UN’s Campaign to End Violence Against Women. The day’s events – wearing orange to raise […]

The Ming Emperor’s Tomb

The Ming Emperor’s Tomb

December 7, 2014

by T.J. CUI NANJING — Over the Fall break here at the Center, I made a trip to the Filial Tomb of the Ming Dynasty, a 20-minute bus ride away from the HNC campus on the hill of Purple Mountain in Nanjing. The 14th-century Ming tomb is the burial place of the dynasty’s founding emperor […]

Entire Semester of Academic Learning Condensed to Exactly 137 Words

December 7, 2014

By MICHAEL ALLEN (@MikeAllenW) WASHINGTON — After a grueling semester of systematically putting off readings, faking class discussions, promising themselves they’re going to look at the lecture slides later, and vigorously taking never-looked-at notes, the entire SAIS student body has successfully condensed countless lifetimes of dense, academic, literature into a mere 137 words that will be […]

Identity and Meaning for a Filipino of Chinese Descent

December 7, 2014

by JOSH AHYONG WASHINGTON — It was right after Philippine History class that I was caught off guard yet again. While I was collating my notes for the afternoon, one of my Filipino classmates approached me with a radical question. My history Professor watched at my struggle; someone, for the nth time, had asked me […]

Discussing the U.S.-China Climate Agreement with Professor Celeste Connors

December 7, 2014

by SAMER MOSIS WASHINGTON — The recent U.S.-China climate agreement has been lauded as both a groundbreaking development and business as usual. Do the developments from the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) signal a new era in the fight against climate change? The SAIS Observer sat down with Practitioner-in-Residence Celeste Connors to get an expert opinion. […]

Prof. Kurien on China’s Financial System

December 7, 2014

by IAN WEISSGERBER NANJING — Recently The SAIS Observer sat down with Jacob Kurien, a professor of International Economics at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, to discuss China’s financial liberalization. Before coming to the HNC, Professor Kurien completed his PhD in Rural Banking and Microfinance at the University of Madras in India. In addition, he was a Fulbright […]

U.S.-China Climate Deal Paves Way for More Ambitious Agreement in Paris

December 7, 2014

by MALLORY LEEWONG WASHINGTON — The U.S.-China climate agreement is the most significant breakthrough in international climate talks in the last decade. It has transformed the tone of negotiations ahead of the U.N. meeting in Paris next year, where 194 countries and the EU have pledged to sign an agreement to reduce emissions that is […]

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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