Archives: Institute of Current World Affairs

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The Institute of Current World Affairs (ICWA) identifies and cultivates rare potential by immersing promising young professionals in the study of a country, region, or globally important issue, positioning them to become leaders in their fields.

Neri Zilber on Trump’s Visit to Israel

ICWA Alum Neri Zilber writes on the unique visit by President Trump to Israel. In his words, Donald’s Trump flying circus landed in Israel yesterday on the second leg of the U.S. president’s maiden overseas trip, bringing the world’s most contentious man to the world’s most contentious piece of real estate. Read the rest of this engaging and …

ICWA Alum Pramila Jayapal In The Nation

Past ICWA Fellow and Trustee Pramila Jayapal was recently interviewed by The Nation Magazine on her commitment to political activism and change.  Pramila was born in India and raised in Indonesia and Singapore.  As an ICWA fellow, she studied social issues in India, involving religion, the status of women, population, and AIDS.  Read her thoughts …

The Politics of Art in the Middle East

Creative provocations shaped the 2011 revolutions that rocked the Middle East and North Africa. Six years later, repression and the absence of political freedoms have stunted opportunities for change. Yet, time and again, Arab visual artists and novelists offer the boldest critiques of resurgent autocracy. ICWA Fellow and award-winning journalist Jonathan …

Jonathan Guyer on Egyptian Surrealism

In the Los Angeles Review of Books, ICWA fellow Jonathan Guyer has published a review essay on the resurgent interest in Egypt’s little-known Surrealist movement, co-authored with  American University in Cairo Professor Surti Singh. In “The Double Game of Egyptian Surrealism: How to Curate a Revolutionary Movement,”  Guyer and Singh consider …