School of Arts & Sciences

Bolivia: Coup or election fraud?

Quechua scholar Américo Mendoza-Mori and political scientist Tulia Falleti discuss the ousting of the country’s first indigenous president and the tumultuous state of Bolivian politics as the country prepares for elections in May.

Kristina García

A history of U.S.-Iran relations

John Ghazvinian, interim director of the Middle East Center and an expert on Iran/U.S. relations, talks about the countries’ historical relationship and what led to the current situation.

Kristen de Groot

In the News

Philadelphia Inquirer

With 2020 election, Women’s March on Philadelphia ‘more important now than ever,’ organizers say

Dawn Teele of the School of Arts and Sciences spoke about the Women’s March, calling it “a cathartic show of solidarity rather than a solid movement with a specific end.”


The Atlantic

Prohibition was a failed experiment in moral governance

Samuel Freeman of the School of Arts and Sciences and Law School spoke about the “failed experiment” of the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. constitution, which installed Prohibition, calling it “an amendment that had to do with a matter of private morality [that] didn’t work.”



Opioids are killing more than twice as many people as we thought

A study led by Samuel Preston of the School of Arts and Sciences found 60,000 more drug-related deaths in 2016 than previously recorded.


Associated Press

U.S.-Iran relations: A look back at a tricky relationship

John Ghazvinian of the School of Arts and Sciences discussed how the relationship between the U.S. and Iran has transformed over the years. “It’s only in the later 20th and 21st centuries that we have been seeing this kind of slow and difficult degeneration in the relationship,” he said. “I think that’s the big picture we have to keep in mind: It doesn’t have to be so hateful.”


The Wall Street Journal

Beijing dismisses Taiwan voters’ rebuke over its claims to island

Jacques deLisle of the Law School and School of Arts and Sciences weighed in on relations between Taiwan and China, noting that neither country has a crisis-management mechanism in case of accidental military clashes between the two sides. “A move that’s intended to show strength and determination…could spiral out of control,” he warned.