International Relations

‘The Cold War’s Long Shadow’

As a visiting fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in India (CASI), Swagato Ganguly gave a talk on “The Cold War’s Long Shadow: Indian Foreign Policy and the Current State of Play of Indo-Pacific Geopolitics.”

Kristina García

A Ukrainian watches their country at war

Ph.D. student Alice Sukhina watched on their computer at Penn as their hometown of Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, was invaded by Russian troops. While their parents were able to leave Ukraine, the rest of their family remains; Sukhina has been working nonstop to provide aid from afar.

Tina Rodia

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Europe’s China policy has taken a sharp turn. Where will it go next? 

Jacques deLisle of the Law School and Neysun Mahboubi of the School of Arts & Sciences contribute to this conversation on what a recent virtual summit meeting means for the future of European-Chinese relations.


NBC News

Where’s the outrage for Brittney Griner’s release from Russia?

Mitchell Orenstein of the School of Arts & Sciences said the lack of public outrage regarding WNBA player Brittney Griner’s imprisonment in Russia is good because Russia is using her as a “bargaining chip.”


Philadelphia Inquirer

The best way to stop China from aiding Russia is for the U.S. to help Ukraine

Neysun Mahboubi of the School of Arts & Sciences spoke about China’s relationship to Russia, which has shifted over time. “It’s more than a little ironic—and not lost on any Chinese leaders of a certain generation, I’m sure—that Mr. Putin’s big plan for Making Russia Great Again seems now to rest on whether or not China feels like taking on Russia as its vassal state,” he said.


The Atlantic

How did this many deaths become normal?

Courtney Boen of the School of Arts & Sciences said the Global North’s insistence on moving on from the pandemic “shifts the burden to the very groups experiencing mass deaths to protect themselves” and absolves world leaders of responsibility. “It’s a lot easier to say that we have to learn to live with COVID if you’re not personally experiencing the ongoing loss of your family members,” she said.


Fast Company

The case for more companies to keep pulling out of Russia

Philip Nichols of the Wharton School spoke about the potential effects of divesting from Russia. “In the past decade, Putin’s administration has undertaken a lot of things that either insulate the administration from public opinion or manipulate public opinion,” Nichols said. “So, when the Russian people are hurt by all of these things, it kind of dulls the effect that that will have inside of the Kremlin. On the other hand, just because it dulls it doesn’t mean it is not felt.”


The Hill

Putin tried to break the international order—it will hold him accountable

William Burke-White of the Law School wrote an opinion piece about Vladimir Putin’s relationship to the international legal system. “The collective global rejection of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has actually made that system stronger, unifying it in a shared commitment to sovereignty, rights and law,” Burke-White wrote. “Putin unwittingly has given the international order exactly what it needed to hold him to account.”