Conceiving a country: A rapid-fire initiation to Taiwan

By Taylor Loeb March 15, 2020 Last month, I was in Taiwan, watching the presidential election and its democracy, in action. I sat around table-mounted microphones, drinking black coffee, listening to experts meditate on election results, observing Taiwanese society, and, as experts do, analyzing what it all means. I went to raucous political rallies with hundreds…

China pumps cash into economy, second time in 2020

By Yilin Wang March 2, 2020 WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the economy has stagnated amidst the coronavirus epidemic, the Chinese government has stepped up its economic stimulus efforts in an attempt to prevent further downturn. Following its initial economic stimulus package announced on January 1 that promised a $174 billion liquidity injection into the market,…

Modern Monetary Theory – What do SAIS faculty make of it?

By Leif Olson March 5, 2020 WASHINGTON, DC - In 2016, Stephanie Kelton, an economist at Stony Brook University, joined the Bernie Sanders campaign. With Kelton came a new economic idea: Modern Monetary Theory (MMT). MMTers claim that governments need not worry about deficit spending or debt, a belief that spawned policies like the Green…

Verified results in water fountain socializing

By Michael Hall February 6, 2020 BOLOGNA, Italy — Walking towards the sliding door on the way to the water fountain, Giulio’s bar is a collection of aggressively-lit roadside furniture. While one hand digs in a pocket for a plastic card with peeling filament, the other puts forth a bottle; sea-foam green, translucent razzmatazz, a…

The Assassination of Qasem Soleimani is Just More of the Same American Foreign Policy – Op-ed

By Adam DuBard          BOLOGNA, Italy - On January 3rd, the world awoke to the news that the United States had assassinated the head of Iran’s infamous Revolutionary Guard, Qasem Soleimani, in a drone strike at Baghdad Airport. The killing of Soleimani, itself a dramatic escalation between Iran and the United States, sparked an immediate…

“Parasite” sweeps the Oscars: how did South Korean popular culture gain international momentum?

By Yilin Wang February 16, 2020 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The 2020 Academy Awards has brought the South Korean movie “Parasite” into the spotlight, with the film winning four Oscars including the Best Picture Award. The triumph of “Parasite” marked the first time a non-English language movie has won this award, an achievement that invites excitement…

Cypriot Passport Proves Popular Despite Misconceptions About Divided Island

By Zoe Mize BOLOGNA, Italy – The Republic of Cyprus lies in the azure waters of the Eastern Mediterranean, nestled between Turkey, Syria and Lebanon. The Greeks mythologized the island, the third largest in the Mediterranean Sea, as the birthplace of Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty. Millions travel each year to discover for themselves…

SAIS Europe reflects on Black History Month

By Fatou Sow BOLOGNA, Italy - Dr. Carter G. Woodson said, “If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.”  The Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, founded by Dr. Carter…