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…

Italy’s Sardine Send Salvini Packing from Emilia-Romagna

By Zoe Mize BOLOGNA, Italy – On 26 January, the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, the home of Ferrari cars, Parmesan ham and SAIS Europe’s Bologna campus, held a hotly contested regional election. Right-wing Lega (League) candidate Lucia Borgonzoni lost the regional presidency to Democratic Party (PD) incumbent Stefano Bonaccini by a margin of 7%. A…

Unverified results from field tests in dating Italians

By Michael Hall February 6, 2020 BOLOGNA, Italy — Alluringly dark hair, curly or straight, has the healthy bounce of Pantene commercials. Chiseled jawlines and slender silhouettes defy contemporary belief that carbohydrates induce unsightly weight gain. Their spoken language thrillingly plunges and effortlessly rises, accompanied by the corporal movements that elicit a sense of belonging.…

The role of women in peacemaking: The case of Northern Ireland

By Sarah Aver WASHINGTON, D.C. — From their leading role during the civil rights movement to their political activism, women’s contribution to peace-building in Northern Ireland has been fundamental in ensuring long-term reconciliation and the promotion of social cohesion. Since the Good Friday Agreement, Northern Ireland has enjoyed relative peace, political stability, and economic growth.…

Protests in Latin America: More different than they appear

By Gerhard Ottehenning  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The recent protests rattling Latin American capitals from Mexico City to Santiago are as diverse in their geography as they are in their proximate causes and goals. It can be difficult to keep up with the dizzying array of protest movements not only in Latin America but around the…

Nobel-winning research brings scientific rigor to development policies

By Yilin Wang November 10, 2019 WASHINGTON, D.C. – This past October, three development economist were awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for their “experimental approach to alleviating global poverty.” In past years the Nobel Committee has predominantly favored theoretical breakthroughs in academia. However, this year’s prize-winning economic research features on-the-ground trials and…