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Global Food Security is an Emerging Concern

The ongoing Syrian conflict increased concerns about access to food in the war torn region. The UN reports that grain yields dropped over 50 percent over the past couple of…

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Counterfeit Culture: Q&A with Fan Yang

Faked in China is a critical account of the cultural challenge faced by China following its accession to the World Trade Organization in 2001. It traces the interactions between nation…

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After the Storm: Hurricane Matthew Hits Haiti

Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti recently and caused widespread devastation. Nearly 1,000 Haitians died in a country all too familiar with natural disasters. Haiti is still recovering from the disastrous 2010…

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Economy & Culture at the G20

The world’s financial leaders met in Hangzhou, China for the yearly Group of Twenty (G20) summit. The G20 gathering is a forum for developed nations to discuss ways to strengthen…

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Geopolitics in the South China Sea

Who owns the right to develop on and in the South China Sea? This is the contested question circulating around the geopolitical struggle in the sea, a thoroughfare linking countries…

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Rio — What Lies Ahead

The closing ceremony on Sunday officially marked the end of this year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. For the past two weeks people around the world have tuned in to…

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Reflections on the World Humanitarian Summit

‘One Humanity, Shared Responsibility’ This was the theme for last month’s World Humanitarian Summit in which world leaders, aid agencies, and development workers met in Istanbul, Turkey to discuss ways…

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Displaced Labor: Q&A with Faranak Miraftab

How does global capitalism affect workers and migrants? In what ways do global labor migrants alter the new communities they settle in? How do these workers navigate space and place…