37(4) Fall 2016 Archive

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37(4) Fall 2016, Global Notebook, Human Rights, Perspectives, Politics, Western Europe

Criminalization of the Burkini

The coerced removal of the burkini by the French police symbolizes perhaps one of the most misguided attempts to “combat Islamic radicalism.” What stands...
A Thai student holds a poster reading "vote no = no coup " at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016. Thai voters on Sunday overwhelmingly approved a new junta-backed constitution that lays the foundation for a civilian government influenced by the military and controlled by appointed - rather than elected - officials. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
37(4) Fall 2016, Global Notebook, Politics, Southeast Asia

Voice and the Thai Referendum

A few days before Thailand’s constitutional referendum this August, I watched as government-sponsored “get out and vote” ads flashed across screens in one of the stations along Bangkok’s...
Islam Karimov. Photo courtesy of Helene C. Stikkel, accessed via Wikimedia Commons.
37(4) Fall 2016, Central Asia, Politics

The Road Ahead: What the Death of Islam Karimov Means for Uzbekistan and Central Asia

On August 29, 2016, the president of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, suffered a cerebral hemorrhage. Four days later, the country lost its...
Tens of thousands of protestors rise up in opposition of President Mohammed Morsi in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt in 2012. According to many experts, media including Facebook, Twitter, mobile phone videos, and television played a signification role in the organization and spread of the Arab Spring movement. Photo Credit: AP Images.
37(4) Fall 2016, Analysis, North America, Science & Technology

The Imperative Need For Diversity in a Changing Media Landscape

Not long ago I was in a meeting with a company worth millions. In the middle of a crisis management issue, the company looked...
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37(4) Fall 2016, Africa, Central Africa, Global Notebook, Politics, Security

The DRC’s Violent Campaign Trail to 2016

As Laurent Kabila, the increasingly paranoid president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), consulted his economic adviser in his presidential office, a trusted...
Rohingya children at a school in Pasar borong Selayang. By Firdaus Latif. Accessed via Wikipedia Commons, CC-BY-SA-2.0.
37(4) Fall 2016, Asia, Human Rights, Perspectives

Aung San Suu Kyi’s Ultimate Test

The victory of the National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Nobel laureate and former political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi, has marked an...
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37(4) Fall 2016, Central Asia, Economics, Environment, Features, Health, Security

High and Dry: Central Asia’s Failure to Avert the Impending Water Crisis

In 2016, the World Resources Institute published a map called Water Stress by Country, comparing the shortages of fresh water experienced by countries across...
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37(4) Fall 2016, Asia, Central Asia, Features, Security

The Geographical Pivot of Central Asia

Introduction Robert Kaplan predicts the future by thinking about the right things at the wrong time. The author and international relations expert’s works sometimes...
Photo courtesy of Abigail Egan for the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
37(4) Fall 2016, Asia, Education, Human Rights, Interviews, North America, South America

Fernando Reimers on International Education: Global Comparative Education Analysis and Study to Advance Development, Collaboration, and Effective Teaching and Learning

Fernando Reimers is on the faculty of the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), where he fulfills a variety of professorial and academic roles...
A pro-Russian soldier stands next to a tank in Perevalne, Ukraine on March 14, 2014. Photo credit: AP Images.
37(4) Fall 2016, Analysis, Eastern Europe, Europe, Perspectives, Security

Russia and the West: Russia’s Recent Assertiveness, Western Response, and What the Future May Hold

In late February 2014, when the Kalashnikov-wielding “little green men” appeared—apparently out of thin air—and started the takeover of government buildings, airports, and other...