About Author

Daniel Epstein

Daniel Epstein is the former Chief Content Director of the HIR. He has also chaired the writing board and served as a staff writer.

An empty courtyard in Education City in Doha, Qatar. ("Unidentified building at Education City in Doha" by Steve Bennett. Accessed via Wikimedia Commons.)
37(1) Fall 2015, Americas, Analysis, East Asia, Education, Global Notebook, Human Rights, Middle East, North America

Transforming the University: The Curious Politics of US Satellite Campuses

When New York University (NYU) announced the completion of its US$1billion Abu Dhabi campus (NYUAD) in 2008, NYU’s president, John Sexton, called the project...
Riot police wait in Taksim Square during the 2013 Gezi Park protests. (By VikiPicture (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
Blog, Europe, Human Rights, Middle East, Politics

Turkey on the Fault Lines: The Pride Parade that Wasn’t

On June 28th, buoyed with fresh excitement over the United States’ Supreme Court’s historic decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, I decided to attend the...
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36(3) Spring 2015, Africa, Economics, Global Notebook, Politics, Southern Africa

Leading the Long Journey: The Future of the African National Congress

Qunu, a humble farming village in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province, has little reason on its own to enter the consciousness of those more than a few miles...
Leaders of the five BRICS countries gather at the 6th BRICS Summit in Fortaleza, Brazil on July 15th, 2014. CC-BY-3.0, accessed via Wikimedia Commons.
36(2) Fall 2014/Winter 2015, Africa, Americas, Asia, Central Asia, East Asia, Economics, Europe, Global Notebook, Politics, South America, South Asia

New Development? The BRICS Bank and the International System

When Goldman Sachs traders coined the term BRIC—an acronym for the emerging Brazil, Russia, India, and China—in 2001, it was just handy shorthand for a flashy new investment opportunity. Now,...
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Americas, Asia, Blog, Central Asia, East Asia, Economics, Environment, North America, Politics

A Blessing in Disguise?: The Impact of the Midterm Elections on US Foreign Policy

On Tuesday, November 4th, US citizens made dramatic changes to the makeup of their government. For the first time in nearly a decade, the...
Naxalite Rebels in Biha
36(1) Summer 2014, Asia, Human Rights, South Asia, World in Review

East of Mumbai: Naxalism and the Future of India

On a starry, clear night in Mumbai, one can venture out to Marine Drive, known as the Queen’s Necklace, and stand by the ocean....
Egyptians celebrate after the swearing-in ceremony of President elect Abdel Fattah al-Sissi in Tahrir square in Cairo, June 8, 2014. Sisi promised to rule in an inclusive manner after he was sworn in as president on Sunday in a ceremony with low-key attendance by Western allies concerned by a crackdown on dissent. REUTERS
35(4) Spring 2014, Africa, Economics, Middle East, North Africa, Politics, World in Review

The Nile Flows South: Egypt’s Uncertain Future

As US citizens celebrated their independence and self-rule on July 4, 2013, they opened their newspapers to find that Egyptians had surrendered theirs. The...