36(2) Fall 2014/Winter 2015 Archive

China's New Rural Cooperative Medical Care System, intended to extend affordable health care to rural populations, has spread Chinese doctors too thin, draining health care resources across the country. From baohiemsaigonmoi.blogspot.com, labelled for reuse.
36(2) Fall 2014/Winter 2015, Asia, East Asia, Global Notebook, Health

Pill Too Big to Swallow: Challenges in Chinese Health Care

February 18, 2014: a man bursts into a doctor’s office in a large hospital in Yixian, in the Hebei province of Northern China. Instead of...
Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner in her role as Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces. [By Presidencia de la N. Argentina, CC BY 2.0, accessed via Wikimedia Commons.]
36(2) Fall 2014/Winter 2015, Americas, Economics, Global Notebook, South America

The Crisis-Monger: Where Did Things Go Wrong for Argentina?

All across Buenos Aires, there are clandestine currency exchange operations; strictly enforced caps on the amount of money one can exchange have created a...
Libyans congregate in Martyrs' Square to celebrate the anniversary of the February 17th revolution. By Foreign and Commonwealth Office, image licensed under  the Open Government Licence v1.0.
36(2) Fall 2014/Winter 2015, Africa, Global Notebook, North Africa, Politics, Security

The Forgotten State: Rifts in Post-Revolutionary Libya

Last year, pieces in The New York Times, Washington Post, Harvard International Review, and other outlets marked the three-year anniversary of the Libyan revolution. Many...
Campaign against Female Genital Cutting (FGC) in Uganda. Photo by Amnon Shavit, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.
36(2) Fall 2014/Winter 2015, Americas, Features, Human Rights, North America

Personal Violence, Public Matter: Evolving Standards in Gender-Based Asylum Law

In August 2014, the US Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), the highest immigration tribunal in the country, conceded that women fleeing domestic violence could meet the refugee...
"Child-friendly spaces" like this one to the north of the country provide a sanctuary and some safety from violence and development struggle in Africa
36(2) Fall 2014/Winter 2015, Africa, Analysis, Perspectives, Politics

A Vexing Issue Revisited: Confronting Africa’s Development Challenges

Over the past decade, African countries have experienced varying economic and political fortunes. Several economies, such as the ones of Ghana, Ethiopia, Rwanda and...
36(2) Fall 2014/Winter 2015, Featured, Features, Human Rights, Middle East, Politics

Iranian Queers and Laws: Fighting for Freedom of Expression

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the former Iranian president, once declared to the world: “in Iran, we don’t have homosexuals. In Iran we don’t have this phenomenon. I don’t know who...
36(2) Fall 2014/Winter 2015, Africa, Featured, Health, Perspectives, Politics, Security, West Africa

Can a Post-Crisis Country Survive in the Time of Ebola? Issues Arising with Liberia’s Post-war Recovery

Overview We suspect that the first case of the current outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) began with the illness of a two-year old...
By Pryshutova Viktoria [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
36(2) Fall 2014/Winter 2015, Asia, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Europe, Politics, Security, Western Europe, World in Review

Putin a Stranglehold: The Changing Strategies of a Resurgent Russia

It has been a good year for Russian President Vladimir Putin. His country annexed a strategic peninsula in the Black Sea, he retains high...
Women participate in peaceful protest in Taksim Square, as part of the 2013-2014 protests in Turkey against government encroachment of free expression and secularism. By Mstyslav Chernov. CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.
36(2) Fall 2014/Winter 2015, Americas, Asia, Features, Human Rights, Middle East, North America, Politics, Security, South Asia

Innovators of Inequality: Why the “Woman Solution” Does Not Work

The US government and the Western world have seldom hesitated to call for women’s rights in Muslim nations in recent years. With events ranging from Pakistani education...
General Egyptian General Abdel Fatah el-Sisi in a ceremony with US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on April 24, 2013 in Cairo. Photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo. CC BY-2.0, accessed via Wikimedia Commons.
36(2) Fall 2014/Winter 2015, Africa, Global Notebook, Middle East, North Africa, Politics

A New Role for Egypt: Sisi’s Government and the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Over the past few years, Egypt has experienced dramatic shifts as the country has been rocked by multiple rebellions and transitions of power. Its violent upheavals have not only...