International Relations

Locked down: Global mobility and COVID-19

At Perry World House’s 2021 Global Shifts Colloquium, Filippo Grandi, the United Nations high commissioner for refugees, addressed how limits on human movement during the pandemic have affected refugees and asylum seekers.

Kristen de Groot

Global women’s rights 

Rangita de Silva de Alwis makes the case for ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women by the United States.

Kristina García

Coding for a cause

As the viral pandemic shuttered campus and disrupted routines, The Borders and Boundaries Project turned the challenging situation into a chance to give back and get work done.

Kristen de Groot

Nuclear weapons in an age of emerging technologies

As part of a weeklong residency at Perry World House, Nobel Peace Prize winner Beatrice Fihn, executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, spoke on the impact artificial intelligence and other technologies have on nuclear risk.

Kristen de Groot

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The Washington Post

Moldova wants to be more European and less corrupt. Parliament isn’t helping

Ecaterina Locoman of the School of Arts & Sciences and Wharton School wrote about corruption in Moldova. “It remains unclear,” she said, if support from the U.S. and E.U. will be enough to help the new Moldovan president “democratize state institutions, reform Moldova’s justice system, and cement the country’s pro-E.U. orientation.”


The Hill

Afghanistan 20 years on

Albert Hunt of the Annenberg School for Communication wrote an op-ed about the U.S. presence in Afghanistan, which has persisted since 2001. “On May 1, 2022, we’ll hear the same arguments: just a little more time,” he wrote. “Shades of Vietnam.”


The Washington Post

Now 60 years old, the Peace Corps can be more than a Cold War artifact

Lacy Feigh, a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Arts & Sciences, wrote an op-ed calling for a renewed commitment to the Peace Corps as the pandemic comes to a close. “It is the unbridled idealism and hope embedded in the goals of the Peace Corps—to promote better understanding on the part of Americans and people across the world—that are urgently needed today,” she wrote.


Joe Biden is already facing an ally problem

Dorothy Kronick of the School of Arts & Sciences spoke about a recent statement from the EU that the bloc no longer views opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s rightful president, which Kronick believes will give the Biden administration more space to support other democratic groups working to depose Nicolás Maduro. “This statement from the EU is in no way backtracking from the commitment to restore democracy to Venezuela,” she said. “This is about looking for the most successful and effective strategy.”


Voice of America

Iranian show irks Iraqi Kurds, portraying them as weak against IS terror

Mohammed A. Salih, a doctoral candidate in the Annenberg School for Communication, spoke about an Iranian propaganda film that aims to portray Kurdish leadership as weak and to commemorate Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike a year ago. The film “promotes the Islamic Republic of Iran as the savior of the entire region, through Soleimani’s superhero-like character, from the Islamic State and Sunni jihadi takfiris in general,” said Salih.



China diplomat’s ‘red line’ warning points to U.S. tensions

Avery Goldstein of the School of Arts & Sciences spoke about relations between the U.S. and China. “So far, all signs on both sides are that neither wants to appear too eager to make the first move in moderating the bilateral tensions,” he said. “Despite the transition to a new administration in the U.S., continuity rather than change in this troubled relationship prevails.”