Election Security: How to make sure your vote counts

By Richard Pedersen Since evidence of Russian intervention in the 2016 election first came to light, election security experts and local officials have repeatedly raised the alarm regarding the vulnerability of the American electoral system. Public statements from such experts have primarily focused on threats of foreign interference. However, in recent weeks President Trump’s claims... Continue Reading →

The Conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, Explained

By Adam DuBard In the early morning of September 27, 2020, Azerbaijanian military forces launched a surprise attack into the Nagorno-Karabakh region, a disputed territory between Azerbaijan and Armenia. Although tensions flared in July, the suddenness and intensity of this war have taken many around the world by surprise. In less than a month of... Continue Reading →

SAIS Pandemic Finances – The Odd School Out

By Richard Pedersen SAIS Pandemic Finances - The Odd School Out Over the coming year, SAIS students will navigate a graduate experience largely devoid of student interaction, deprived of necessary academic facilities, and disrupted by online learning difficulties, all at a higher tuition price. SAIS faculty, staff, and administrators are not much better off, facing... Continue Reading →

In the face of grand historical narratives: Documenting my grandmother’s past 祛蔽和重构:我的外婆小传

By Lui Zhuoran 刘卓然 In the 1980s, the literary trend of “individual historical narration” was born in Mainland China. At that time, enlightenment ideals were introduced once again into China; the state had no longer controlled private life as strictly as before, and restrictions on thoughts and speech were gradually relaxed, causing various ideological cultures... Continue Reading →


Leif Olson In 2019 the UN Environment Programme published its annual Emissions Gap Report, which measures current emissions data against the goals laid out in the 2015 Paris Accords — a global warming progress report for national governments. Unfortunately, most countries have fallen far short of their objective.  Time is running out to keep the... Continue Reading →

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