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August 28, 2014 - 2:00pm EDT
This post was originally published on March 26, 2014. It has been reposted in light of the recent news that the Obama Administration is pursuing a climate agreement in lieu of a treaty for the 2015 UN summit meeting in Paris.  In an increasingly globalized world, multilateral engagement is becoming even more critical for the planet’s survival. No longer can a nation act unilaterally without being left behind. In light of [...] Read More
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August 26, 2014 - 12:08pm EDT
We all have some idea of how bad things are in North Korea, or the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). We’re also aware that outside efforts to remedy the situation haven't really panned out. But turning our backs on the suffering civilians is not an option. So where do we go from here? The Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect published a policy brief last week offering some possible answers to this [...] Read More
If you would talk to your daughter about safety, talk to your son about consent.
August 21, 2014 - 1:00pm EDT
 When you dress like that, you are asking to be raped. For every man in jail for rape, there should be a woman in the cell next to his. It wasn’t uncommon to hear my prep school teachers utter sentences like these. Though their statements outraged me, I never took them to be indicative of society as a whole; surely no one outside of my backward little Northern Virginia community would actually blame a victim for her own [...] Read More
August 18, 2014 - 12:00pm EDT
If you have not yet heard of Brandon Stanton and his photo blog, Humans of New York, you should check it out here (and here is the Facebook page). Stanton started HONY in 2010. His goal was to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers and plot the city’s inhabitants on a map; the result is not only photos, but an incredible blog that highlights the human dynamic and diversity of New York. Now the United Nations has taken notice; [...] Read More
August 15, 2014 - 11:00am EDT
Since the beginning of 2014, Russia has been a constant agitator in the news. And the end of July was no exception when news broke that Russia had violated an international arms agreement, the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). Now this is not the first time, but it has certainly sparked some of the greatest criticism in light of their other actions in the past year. This news has arms control critics calling for [...] Read More
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