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Exceptionalism and Exemption in US Nuclear Policy

Exceptionalism and Exemption in US Nuclear Policy

The United States was not the first country to fight for independence, and it certainly will not be the last. It did not provide the world with the great gift of democracy; we have the ancient Greeks to thank for that. And due to centuries of imperialism, it is not the first global superpower. So what is it about America that makes so many people regard it as exceptional?

A new approach to new terror: Three Horizons of combating extremism

A new approach to new terror: Three Horizons of combating extremism

The guerilla tactics of the Afghan Mujahideen in the 70s are simply no match for the complex online financing and international recruitment operations used by ISIS today.  While new groups are constantly improving their combat and outreach strategies, older groups that haven’t adapted as readily are quick to fade into obscurity.  The result is a world where terrorist groups are stronger, more sophisticated, and more threatening than ever before.

Blue Oyster Cult in Tehran: The Roots and Manifestations of Anti-Americanism in Iran, 1963-1978

Blue Oyster Cult in Tehran: The Roots and Manifestations of Anti-Americanism in Iran, 1963-1978

The Iranian Revolution of 1979 defies reductive categorization. Third Worldist, Islamic Marxist and radical Shi’i ideologies converged and proliferated throughout Iranian society during the movement to end the autocracy of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi. These factions developed and disseminated radical political ideas reflecting socio-economic and cultural grievances that emphasized themes of anti-Americanism in visual media.

Book Review: Divergent Urban Spaces in Pascal Menoret's "Joyriding in Riyadh"

Book Review: Divergent Urban Spaces in Pascal Menoret's "Joyriding in Riyadh"

In Joyriding in Riyadh, Pascal Menoret uses “joyriding” and “drifting” as a lens through which to analyze the political, social, and economic experience of Saudi citizens in the massive urban center of Riyadh. 

Debate Debrief: SHOULD THE UNITED STATES END THE WAR ON TERROR?

In a heated debate on whether the U.S.A should end the War on Terror, the proposition took the lead with a 8-7 vote and 2 abstentions in their favor. The opposition debaters Akash Lodh and Hamza Mazhar argued that the U.S.A can't end the War on Terror due to the losses because this would create a vacuum in the process of addressing terror today.  Professor James Traub and Thomas Resnick laid out some compelling arguments that the U.S.A still has the means to end the war on terror. They argued that the U.S.A should pursue this course of action due to the prolonged and unnecessary damage it has caused to innocent people. 

To find out more click here and view footage of the debate! 

Paved with Differing Intentions: The Origins of Iranian Mistrust of the United States, 1980-1988

Paved with Differing Intentions: The Origins of Iranian Mistrust of the United States, 1980-1988

In March 2014, surveillance pictures were taken in the Islamic Republic of Iran showing a non-working replica of a US Navy aircraft carrier being built by Iranians, which prompted statements of suspicion from American officials.

The Potential and Challenges of Weiquan in China

The Potential and Challenges of Weiquan in China

Much of the progress that has been seen in criminal procedure, environmental protection, and corruption recently in China has been made by weiquan lawyers pursuing legal claims, activists using social media, and rural citizens engaging in acts of civil disobedience.