News & Features

Two Weeks in Tibet

Two Weeks in Tibet

March 2, 2015

By CHASE STEWART NANJING — “Tashi delek!” the smiling, red-garbed monk said as he placed a long, white silk cloth around my shoulders. Having been to Tibet before, I knew these were the greetings of the Tibetans.  “Tashi delek” means “blessings and good luck” and the cloth is a khata, given for goodwill and good […]

SAIS Europe Welcomes Italian Finance Minister for 60th Anniversary Celebration

SAIS Europe Welcomes Italian Finance Minister for 60th Anniversary Celebration

March 2, 2015

By JANAE MARTIN BOLOGNA — On Saturday, Feb. 21, SAIS Bologna celebrated its 60th anniversary with a special guest speaker: the Italian Minister of Finance and Economics, Pier Carlo Padoan. Padoan addressed the SAIS Europe class of 2015 with his thoughts on the economic future of Europe, particularly regarding risk-sharing among the member states and […]

Reflections from 1958: An Alumna Helps the Bologna Center for 60 Years

Reflections from 1958: An Alumna Helps the Bologna Center for 60 Years

March 2, 2015

By JANAE MARTIN BOLOGNA — With the Italian Minister of the Economy and Finances delivering the keynote address for SAIS Europe’s 60th anniversary celebration, the Bologna Center’s home on Via Belmeloro was a flurry of reporters, camera crews, local politicians, and noted scholars. However, one of the most memorable visitors of the evening was an […]

Getting to Know the Grateful Fed

Getting to Know the Grateful Fed

February 24, 2015

By RUI ZHONG WASHINGTON — SAIS Students, staff and faculty consume music readily in studies, research sessions, and at happy hours and events around the Washington, D.C. area. Yet for members of rock band The Grateful Fed, playing music provides a sense of connectivity and community. The band’s full roster features Sirtaj Kaur on vocals, […]

SAIS Veterans React to American Sniper

February 22, 2015

By WILL QUINN WASHINGTON – Although it may not have won Best Picture at the 87th Academy Awards last Sunday, Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper is poised to become one of the highest-grossing war films in history with a domestic take of over $300 million. The drama, based upon Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s best-selling memoir of […]

How Dare You Mock Plutus, Greek God Of Wealth!

How Dare You Mock Plutus, Greek God Of Wealth!

February 22, 2015

  By Plutus, Son of Demeter MOUNT OLYMPUS, GREECE — Lo, as if two thousand years of indifference to the pantheon were not enough, the Hellenic children now invite the wrath of I, Plutus, your god of wealth! Patience, Greeks, and I will bestow upon you the eight trillion drachma you need to pay your […]

Sleepwalkers

February 22, 2015

By JOSEPH VERBOVSZKY BOLOGNA — In a bristling recent statement, the British House of Lords accused Europe of “sleepwalking” into the Ukrainian crisis. This slamming of European foreign policy should come as little surprise for anyone following the crisis. What is surprising however, is the British incredulity and shock that this “sleepwalking” occurred in the […]

Discussing The AUMF With Professor Keaney

February 22, 2015

By SAMER MOSIS WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the Islamic State (ISIS, IS) widens their path of destruction across the Middle East and North Africa one question keeps arising, What should the US’s response be? Last week, in the midst of these questions, President Barrack Obama sent Congress a request for the Authorization for Use of […]

SAISer and Iraq War Veteran Opines on AUMF, ISIL

February 22, 2015

By JUSTIN LEGG WASHINGTON — Having been asked to comment on President Obama’s Draft AUMF Proposal, in the spirit of full disclosure, I should mention that I was a military officer for over 10 years. I served in Iraq and other parts of the Middle East, tasked with finding and capturing likely the same type […]

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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