News & Features

Spring Festival Jetsetters

Spring Festival Jetsetters

April 1, 2015

HNC students rack up their frequent flyers miles over their long winter break. By LEOWIL VILLANUEVA NANJING — Two weeks ago students came back to the HNC after a six-week vacation with mixed emotions, ranging from relief at no longer having to live out of a suitcase, reluctance to return to a still-chilly Nanjing after relaxing […]

SAISers Spread Out for Spring Break

SAISers Spread Out for Spring Break

April 1, 2015

By BRYN JANSSON BOLOGNA—Spring break may have only been one week long, but that did not stop SAIS Europe students from making the most of it. From SAIS study trips to China and Costa Rica to other student-led trips to Lebanon and Albania to beach vacations in Thailand and the Canary Islands, students spread out all […]

Nanjing Bureau SHUT DOWN

Nanjing Bureau SHUT DOWN

April 1, 2015

By THEO ROBIE NANJING — It is with utmost regret that I write this, the last article from our doomed bureau in Nanjing. We are being shut down by the Chinese government because of last week’s satire article on Chun Jie. The government is saying that they are shutting us down because we “promoted material […]

“Animal Rights” Make Me the Maddest I’ve Ever Been

March 31, 2015

By THEO ROBIE NANJING — I recently had the displeasure of viewing a documentary entitled “Speciesism.” In it, the director uses interviews with ‘experts’ and footage from the field to make the argument that there is no moral justification for any sort of line separating humans from other animals, and it is impossible to justify […]

“A Big Man On A Small Stage”

March 31, 2015

By XIANG WANG BOLOGNA — Richard Nixon described Lee Kuan Yew as “a big man on a small stage”; Henry Kissinger identified him as “one of the asymmetries of history” and Xi Jinping praised him as “old friend of Chinese people.” The news of the 91-year-old founding father of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew’s passing has […]

Israel, Iran, and the Shifting Geopolitics of the Middle East

Israel, Iran, and the Shifting Geopolitics of the Middle East

March 31, 2015

By UDIT BANERJEA WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States’ relationships in the Middle East are in flux. In recent months, U.S. relations with two regional powers, Israel and Iran, have undergone significant shifts. Israel, the staunchest American ally in the Middle East, is openly at odds with the Obama administration’s attempts to negotiate with Iran. […]

Professor Gaye Christofferson on China’s Energy

March 31, 2015

by IAN WEISSGERBER NANJING—Gaye Christoffersen holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Hawaii, and wrote a dissertation about the politics of Chinese oil. She is a leading scholar in Asian energy security, and a Resident Professor of International Politics at the Hopkins–Nanjing Center in Nanjing, China. Amongst numerous publications pertaining to security […]

The Future of China’s Energy Challenge

March 31, 2015

by IAN RATHKEY NANJING — It lasted a week. Chai Jing’s viral exposé on the rampant scale of Chinese air pollution, “Under the Dome,” was online for a mere seven days, provoking a contradicting flurry of praise and criticism from public officials before it suddenly vanished behind a thick cloud of smog. To call the former […]

China’s Energy Challenges

March 31, 2015

By MAXWELL HESTON NANJING — China’s development in past decades has led to enormous economic benefits for its citizens, providing more opportunities for work, education, and exposure to the outside world. Though praised for lifting hundreds of millions of its citizens out of poverty, China is more often criticized for contributing the largest share of […]

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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