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Erasing Excellence: The State Department’s Abandonment of LGBTQ Diplomats


It’s been over 70 years since the US State Department expelled over 1000 LGBTQ diplomats during the Lavender Scare (a period of time during McCarthyism in which LGBTQ individuals were removed from government jobs for fear of being subversives and linked to communism).[i] During the Lavender Scare, the State Department identified employees that it believed belonged […]

If Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps is a terrorist organization, so are other state-run groups


BY NIKU JAFARNIA In early April, the Trump administration designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a branch of Iran’s military, as a terrorist organization. The decision was unprecedented. As Trump himself noted, the IRGC designation marked “the first time that the United States has ever named a part of another government as a[n] FTO” (Foreign […]

International Relations and Security

Why Dean Stavridis from The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy Will Not Be Selected As Secretary of State


My Dean is Better Than Trump’s Celebrity Secretary of State Reality Show This year’s presidential election brought about some of the most controversial rhetoric – concluding with, for many voters and political experts, a shocking and unexpected result. It was surprising for everyone to witness that most “experts” provided erroneous predictions. Perhaps the most shocking […]


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