Monthly Archives: December 2015

How Are You Enjoying the de Blasio Revolution?

New York Magazine – Past Fellow Andrew Rice’s latest article examines the accomplishments of and opinions on New York’s mayor two years into his term. The piece, which is New York Magazine’s cover story this week, addresses de Blasio’s dismally low approval rating, despite the fact that the city is doing well quantifiably …

How Burkina Faso’s Rapper-activists Shaped a Year of Upheaval

Nov. 1, 2015 OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — During their brief, failed coup last September, soldiers from Burkina Faso’s elite presidential guard moved swiftly through the capital, Ouagadougou, to assert control and stifle dissent. Driving in convoys, they toured main intersections and other potential rallying points, training automatic weapons on …

The Global Face of Student Protest

The New York Times – The recent surge in student protests, like those that have recently taken place at Yale and Princeton, is not a uniquely American phenomenon.  In a new piece, past Fellow Eve Fairbanks writes about the student protest movement globally, with particular focus on South Africa. Fairbanks describes how dissatisfied South African …

What Paris and Guaymas Have in Common: Lessons in the Long-term Nature of Climate and Diplomacy

Guaymas, Mexico, is an industrial and shrimp-fishing port in the desert state of Sonora. Giant cargo ships nose past steep, uninhabited islands in the bay crowded with saguaro cacti. Every morning for the past month I have lived here, Guaymas has held two certainties: the shriek of an Osprey that patrols the harbor waters, and a brown cloud lacing its …

The Echoes of Hurricanes

Last week, 195 nations meet in Paris to decide the fate of the systems that support life on earth. Again. Since 1995, a majority of the world’s countries has met every year but failed to reach a lasting agreement to figure out what to do about the warming planet. This annual event, which weighs heavier every year as the globe skids toward irreversible …

The Sinister Effects of Warmer Water

“At night, it looked like another city,” Isabel tells me as she gestures out her office window toward the sea. “There were hundreds of lights. But now, what do you see?” she asks me. “Nada,” I reply. Isabel Soto Gonzalez runs the daily operations at the marina in Santa Rosalía. She tells me that the harbor (where we are docked to diagnose …

Russia: Adversary or Ally?

On Thursday, December 10, Marvin Kalb and Gregory Feifer – two of the sharpest minds writing about Russia whose views diverge – debated this urgent question at an event hosted by ICWA and Johns Hopkins SAIS.  The fault lines in US thinking about Russia and the pressing decisions facing the Obama Administration, were exposed in stark relief. …

Jonthon Coulson

Fellowship Award Recipient (2016-2018) We are pleased to announce the selection of Jonthon Coulson as the next Fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs. Jonthon will spend two years in Indonesia researching and writing about educational spaces, moments, and movements in that country. Jonthon is a doctoral student in the Curriculum and Teaching …