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Airpower and America’s Strategic Competition for Allies


The 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS) identifies the “reemergence of long-term, strategic competition” as the central challenge to U.S. national security. But how exactly should we interpret strategic competition, and what role does Airpower play in providing an advantage? “Who” we seem to be competing against has remained largely unchanged over the last quarter century. […]

Friends Reach Out


It has been tough. I feel I’ve forgotten how to have fun, forgotten that it is actually possible to have fun, feel sometimes that I’m letting myself go. But the very cause of my rage and disappointment sometimes takes me out of this discomfort zone I’ve created for myself: human beings. My mornings are usually […]

Ukraine should matter to Americans, even if for selfish reasons


President Joe Biden said on Feb. 15 that supporting Ukraine against Russia matters because it means standing up for what America believes in: liberty and a country’s freedom of choice. He is correct, but some Americans still believe that Ukraine’s struggle with Russia is none of their business. While studying at the Harvard Kennedy School […]

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There’s no such thing as a free lunch: Why African economies should be concerned about impending automation


Notwithstanding COVID-19’s sudden and damaging blemish on African Foreign Direct Investment, the continent has been subject to consistently increasing foreign investment in recent history. From US$ 1.1 billion per year in the 1970s to US$ 2.2 billion in the 1980s to more than US$ 35 billion on average during the 2000-2008 period, multinationals are looking […]

Colonial Designs, Arab Dreams, and the Making of the Modern Middle East


H.D. Wright provides an analysis of the European diplomatic engagements that pulled apart existing territories and forced them between the borders of new states, sealing a nearly inevitable destiny of domestic strife.

Remembering Malcolm


February 21 Marks 53 Years Since the Death of Malcolm X: A Martyr in the Fight for Anti-Racism

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Regardless of Roe: How the Texas GOP Perfected the Anti-Abortion Playbook


Texas serves as a model for making abortion nearly unattainable, even while constitutionally protected. The fight for safe and legal abortion cannot end at SB8, nor can it end at keeping Roe intact in its current form. It has to go further.

Modeling a Minority: Summarizing the Asian American Experience in The Joy Luck Club and Crazy Rich Asians


I argue that it is not The Joy Luck Club that inaccurately represents Asian people, it is Hollywood that is guilty of their misrepresentation by limiting depictions of Asian people to this singular film for twenty-five years. The Joy Luck Club (dir. Wayne Wang, 1993) not only exposed Western audiences to the hardships endured by Chinese immigrant women […]

Gender, Race and Identity

The education crisis, a war we cannot lose


Interview to Jaime Saavedra, Global Director Education World Bank To give us some context, what is the post-covid situation of education in LAC (Latin America and the Caribbean) compared with the rest of the world? We cannot talk about post-covid because we are not yet out of the woods. With this in mind, this is […]

Chilean pension system: what is at stake?


The aging process is unstoppable. We need to adapt ourselves to the demographic transition and build the right policies to deal with this. Using the population projections by the United Nations and the labor force participation by the World Bank, Latin America has 5.2 potential workers[1] per elder; by 2040, that ratio would be 3, […]

The political leg of policy: the 2021 tax reform that paralyzed Colombia


Colombians were enraged. On May 1st, 2021, amid the third wave of covid-19 cases, a national protest took place where more than 300.000 people blocked roads and cities for more than 50 days. Violence and death sprang on the streets, polarization on social media proved a cracked society, road blockages paralyzed the private sector, and […]

Advancing Abortion Rights from the Constitutional Court to the University Classroom


“My body, my choice!” screamed thousands of women in unison as they waved their emblematic green handkerchiefs in Plaza de Bolivar turning Bogotá into the most recent battlefield of women’s fight towards reproductive autonomy. Colombian feminist collectives are following the example of their Mexican and Argentinian peers in demanding the full legalization of abortion[1]. Abortion […]

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