North America Archive

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel gets a look at the latest high-tech projects being developed for wounded soldiers by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPA, including the ATLAS Robot, center, demonstrated by engineer Brad Tousley, right, Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at the Pentagon.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
37(4) Summer 2016, Americas, Asia, East Asia, Europe, Features, Middle East, North America, Politics, Security

The Ethics and Implications of Modern Warfare: Robotic Systems and Human Optimization

The Ethical Questions of Military Technology In 1139, Pope Innocent II led the Second Lateran Council in banning the use of crossbows in war....
On Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, a Kurdish fighter, known as a peshmerga, yawns as he stands guard on the frontline in Sinjar, Iraq. In the shadow of the buildup to the long-awaited Mosul offensive, Kurdish forces are seizing additional territory that they say will become part of their semiautonomous region. The moves are further straining relations between two groups ostensibly allied in the fight against the Islamic State group: Iraq’s Kurdish forces known as the peshmerga and the country’s powerful Shiite militias.(AP Photo/Bram Janssen, File)
37(4) Summer 2016, Africa, Americas, Features, Middle East, North Africa, North America, Politics, Security

The Changing Nature of War in the Middle East and North Africa

It is not easy to address war in the Middle East. There are, however, some clear trends. In the course of the last quarter...
An official portrait of former Ambassador Locke. Photo courtesy of the US Department of Commerce, public domain.
Asia, East Asia, North America

People, Trade, and Rights: A Conversation with Ambassador Locke on Evolving US-China Relations

I wanted to start by recognizing the range of experiences that you’ve had in government, from Governor of Washington to Secretary of Commerce to...
Calvery, former director of FinCEN, attends a Congressional hearing. Part of FinCEN is also responsible for regulations protecting against money laundering.
37(4) Summer 2016, Americas, Asia, Economics, North America, Perspectives, Security

Lifestyles of the Rich and Infamous: Confronting Dirty Money in US Real Estate

Not Your Average Neighbor On Christmas Eve of 2007, a Moscow-based network of corrupt officials and Russian organized crime fabricated and filed a US$230...
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...
(Americans hardly view presidential candidates  whom they do not think are religious favorably- except for Trump. Photo by Michael Vadon. CC BY-SA 2.0, accessed via Wikimedia Commons.)
37(4) Summer 2016, Blog, Global Notebook, North America, Politics

Trump and Christian Morals

Faith has figured consistently in US presidential elections, although separation of church and state continues to set the perimeters of the political and religious...
Eastern Europe, North America

How Could the United States Benefit from the Reforms in Ukraine?

After Ukraine gained its independence in 1991, the United States sought to establish diplomatic relations with the new nation in order to encourage a...
37(3) Spring 2016, Analysis, Middle East, North America, Perspectives, Politics, Security

Breaking the Cycle of Terror: Democratic Alternative

In June of 1981, after serving for 16 months as the first president of Iran, I was in hiding. There had been a coup...
Dr. Margaret Hamburg. Photo by FDA, accessed via Wikimedia Commons.
37(3) Spring 2016, Africa, Asia, Europe, Health, Interviews, North America

The US Food and Drug Administration in a Globalized World

Dr. Margaret Hamburg served as Commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from 2009 until 2015. While at the FDA, she focused...
As part of the FDA Retail Food Cooperative program, an employee and an FDA inspector test the pH of rice to ensure it can be safely left at room temperature. 
"FDA Retail Food Cooperative Program" by Michael J. Ermath. PD-USA-FDA, accessed via Wikimedia Commons.
37(3) Spring 2016, Features, Health, North America, Security

Internationalizing Food Safety: FDA’s Role in the Global Food System

We work for a public health regulatory agency – the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) — that oversees products accounting for 20...