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Is Nationalism Bad for Women?

Traditional constructs of nationalism are being revived around the globe with negative impacts on women. In the United States, Europe, and  Turkey, this dangerous trend aims to limit women’s autonomy in hope of preserving national identity. The re-nationalization movement stems from threats – both real and perceived – against a country’s national identity and culture…. Read more »

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Write a killer paper? Get it published!

PGI is now accepting Op Eds (400-600 words) and longer journal pieces (no more than 4000 words)!   If you’re proud of the writing and thinking you’re doing, share it with your peers and colleagues in the field. Op Eds are accepted on rolling basis throughout the semester. Journal Articles (no more than 4000 words)… Read more »

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Gabon: Lessons for a Future Regime Change?

Gabon: Lessons for a Future Regime Change? By Alassane Dembele On September 28, 2016 the Constitutional Court of Gabon decided to uphold the results of the August 27th presidential election, allowing President Ali Bongo to retain his power without much contest. Now that the African Union and international community have officially acknowledged the decision of… Read more »

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Contradictory Measures Towards FGC Eradication in Nigeria

On 5 May 2015, Nigeria took an important step towards ending the physically and psychologically harmful practice of female genital cutting (FGC) by passing a law prohibiting the procedure. While enacting the law that bans the practice is an important step towards supporting the reproductive and human rights of women and girls, it is not… Read more »

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The Rise of the Clean Energy Job: From Boom & Bust to Stability

On April 17th, oil producing nations including Russia and Saudi Arabia are scheduled to meet in Doha to discuss curbing production and resolving global oversupply. Hopes that such a resolution will be reached, however, have been all but dashed following recent comments from Saudi Arabia’s deputy crown prince that they will not freeze production unless… Read more »

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Changing Dynamics in the Caucasus

Solving current conflicts is important, but stopping future ones is paramount to global security. While U.S. foreign policy has been preoccupied with conflicts in Syria, Ukraine, and disputes in the South China Sea, the changing geopolitical environment in the South Caucasus calls for more robust U.S. policy to promote security in the energy-rich region. On March 31 and… Read more »

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It’s Time to Integrate Gender

“In regards to Syria, Obama’s a p***y.” This was a comment I heard at the culmination of a discussion regarding Putin’s interests in Syria and why he is getting involved in a bombing campaign.  If this had been said in the presence of friends or classmates, it might have been regarded as a witty, albeit… Read more »

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Measuring women’s participation within the SDGs

Taiwan recently became the latest country to elect a female head of state, joining nations like Bangladesh, Chile, Liberia, and Germany. Despite the continued existence of gender inequality, some women have managed to achieve the highest level of leadership in countries in both the Global North and South. Increasing the number of women in public… Read more »

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Hell in Southeast Asia: Indonesia must stop the haze

Imagine stepping out of your house and immediately noticing thick clouds of smoke accompanied by a noxious smell. After a while, you start experiencing eye irritations and having breathing difficulties. The uncomfortable sensations are further exacerbated by sweltering heat—with temperatures in the 90s and humidity levels of 80-90%. Out on the streets, people can be… Read more »