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  • Poland Under Fire: What the Missile Crisis Teaches Us About NATO’s Response and the Containment of the Ukraine Conflict
    On Tuesday, November 15, Poland reported two missile strikes against the town of Przewodów, located 6 kilometers away from the Ukrainian border. The strike resulted in two civilian casualties. While Russia was initially suspected, it has since been confirmed that the missiles were fired by Ukrainian air defenses against an incoming Russian missile. Regardless of the missile’s origin, we have never been closer to the risk of a global war since the start of the Ukrainian conflict.
  • Power Politics in the Arctic: China and India
    The melting of the glaciers is changing geopolitical arrangements. In the Arctic, global warming is opening opportunities for the allocation of needed resources even to non-Arctic states. The region is indeed opening up to new power dynamics and competition as states propel their economic, military, and political claims. New powers, such as China and India, have joined the resources race; but what can they really gain from the frozen Arctic lands? And how will this affect the regional and global balance of power?
  • An Evening for Salman Rushdie
    It has been almost three months since the British-American writer and faculty member of NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, Salman Rushdie was stabbed on stage during a literary event in New York by Hadi Matar at the Chautauqua Institution. On October 14th, 2022, I virtually joined an event, An Evening for Salman Rushdie, organized by PEN International at the British Library to celebrate his strength and dedication as a writer and a champion of free expression. In a way, it was also an evening of reflection. As horrifying as the assault on Rushdie was, it was 33 years in the making. Upon the Satanic Verses publication, protests broke out in India, the novel was banned, and footage of book burnings was widely broadcast around the world. Above all, a fatwa was issued against Rushdie by the Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini which sent him into hiding.
  • Can Sensationalism Save the Planet?
    In the last few weeks, climate activism groups have filled the news, social media, and online conversations after a series of art attacks. Last week, demonstrators from the Letzter Generation (Last Generation), a German group, threw mashed potatoes on a Monet painting in Potsdam, Germany. At the same time, Just Stop Oil advocates, a UK based group rapidly expanding in Europe, pied a statue of King Charles in Central London and glued themselves to Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring” painting in The Hague. These events seem to be increasing in frequency lately, certainly due to a culture based on meme imitations and sensationalism. However, they also appear to create even more polarization than the US midterms or the roulette of British PMs.
  • Can the UN Security Council be Reformed?
    As Putin’s rhetoric and violence continues to increase, and accusations of war crimes mount against the Russian invasion of Ukraine, many around the world are wondering why Russia can’t simply be dismissed from the UN Security Council or at least blocked from voting. In February 2022 Russia Vetoed several Security Council decisions regarding the invasion. Since then,there has been discussion of UN Security Council reform as it has been well established that Putin’s military operation violates the UN Charter on many levels.
  • The Paradox of Post-Colonialism in Hong Kong
    On September 16, I watched as Hong Kongers lined up for hours outside the British Consulate in Admiralty, the city’s eastern central business district, to pay their respects to the late Queen Elizabeth II. A colossal bed of flowers and pictures of the queen were gradually built up against the consulate walls—it may have been one of the greatest displays of affection for the late monarch witnessed outside the UK. 
  • Faced with Europe’s Increasing Swing to the Right, EU President Ursula von der Leyen Takes Confrontational Tone
    As Italy’s recent election of a far-right leader revives memories of a not-so-distant authoritarian age, European leaders last month invoked history of another kind in Athens at the 10th annual Democracy Forum. 
  • The Grim Status Quo: A Deep Dive into the Pervasive Racism Exposed by the Ukrainian Refugee Crisis
    The war in Ukraine, when viewed side by side with recent wars around the world from Yemen to Syria to Ethiopia, indicates disturbing global trends. There is far too little protection for civilians, and the detrimental impact is heightened for already vulnerable groups. Civilians displaced by war sit in limbo for years, and those lucky enough to escape their war-torn countries are relegated to overcrowded and under-resourced camps. The Council on Foreign Relations reports shrinking opportunities for refugee resettlement, a result of the international community’s inability and/or unwillingness to support them or resolve the conflict that caused their displacement in the first place. Refugees in camps can face intense discrimination and fall victim to starvation, illness, and human trafficking. And the perpetrators of all this global violence and suffering tend to be met with impunity. This is the grim status quo.
  • Faculty Insights Podcast: The Global Effects of the War in Ukraine
    JPI’s Roya Lotfi sat down with Dr. Damien Leader, former Foreign Service Officer for the United States Department of State and Deputy Director of the…
  • NATO Expansion is Still an Option
    After weeks of fighting in Ukraine, reports surfaced in the beginning of April that Finland and Sweden were making serious moves to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
  • Syria and Ukraine: Two Sides of the Same Coin?
    As Russia continues its war against Ukraine, the similarities between Ukraine and Syria are striking. Specifically, Russia’s weaponization of civilians and refugees is a primary tactic that continues to be utilized to achieve geopolitical goals.
  • Putin May Not be Crazy
    Although the barrage of news coverage surrounding the Russia-Ukraine war tends to describe the conflict as “unprecedented” and “with no historical parallel,” the underlying interests and tensions that drove Vladimir Putin to invade Ukraine are by no means new.
  • Historical Film Review: Quo Vadis, Aida? and the 1995 Srebrenica Massacre
    Foreign war drama, Quo Vida, Aida? offers heartbreaking and powerful insight into the July 1995 Srebrenica Massacre, an eleven day event of the Bosnian War.
  • Russia’s Decision to Invade Ukraine and Theories of International Relations
    This article looks at only two specific sets of international relations theories, with the aim of explaining what led to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.
  • The Inevitable War: Putin’s Obsession with Ukraine
    As the world continues to watch in horror the war crimes committed by Russia, various narratives have emerged to explain the current conflict. In this article, the Russian narrative will be the focus.
  • Theresa May’s Long Charade
    Theresa May has effectively resigned, putting an end to her long struggle to bring about Brexit. Finally, she has tried to compromise with fellow Tories…
  • Notre Double Standard de Paris
    Public, palpable, and universal grief erupted in mid-April.  A tragic fire in Paris shook hearts around the world. The people of Paris took to the…
  • Serbia and Kosovo are Pluming Their War Feathers
    Photo taken in Kosovska-Mitrovica (where the train was being sent). Translated from Russian it means Kosovska Mitrovica: Kosovo is Serbian; Crimea is Russian. | Photo…
  • Insights | Making Sense of the Trump-Putin Relationship
    Rumors of a special relationship between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin began to circulate months before election day, but it wasn’t…
  • Who is Britain’s new Prime Minister?
    Before Theresa May entered 10 Downing Street as Britain’s new Prime Minister on July 13, she spoke of her commitment to making a success of…
  • Two years after Maidan, has Ukraine forgotten about LGBT reform?
    The Equality Festival, a two-day celebration to promote tolerance and equality for social groups in the western city of Lviv, Ukraine, should have taken place…
  • Russia’s exit from Syria: Mission unaccomplished?
    Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on March 14 that he would begin to remove his troops from Syria, claiming that he had achieved all of…
  • Russia’s NGO law leaves environmental activists in troubled waters
    Jennie Sutton had nearly given up hope. Would Baikal Ecological Wave, the environmental nonprofit she helped start 25 years ago, manage to raise 300,000 rubles…
  • Looking back in anger: The dangers of Ukraine’s decommunization laws
    Ukrainian workers began in mid-March the process of dismantling the country’s largest statue of communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin. It took them two days to complete…
  • Should they stay or should they go: Brits clash over Brexit
    On June 23, Britons will have to take a stand on the United Kingdom’s potential exit from the EU. Just over three months from now,…
  • Sharing is caring: Why America needs a single-payer healthcare system
    [A version of this article was previously published here] Americans think that a simple doctor’s visit in Britain means waiting in a Soviet-style bread line.…
  • Paris Attacks: A new era in French politics?
    Numbers remain uncertain and suspects are still being apprehended, but one thing is clear, France, and people around the world, are in shock. The terrorist…
  • Catalan secessionism wins the election—but not in votes
    Pro-independence parties in Catalonia won the regional elections on Sunday—elections that registered a historic high turnout of 77.4 percent. But secessionist parties didn’t get the…
  • Volkswagen emissions scandal dampens automotive industry credibility
    Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn turned in his resignation on Wednesday in the wake of a growing scandal over falsified emissions tests in the United States.…
  • The implications of “oxi” in Greece’s future.
    Greece has been remarkably calm. Syntagma Square, the main square facing the parliament building, has not been full of protesters in weeks. The upscale hotels…
  • France under Marine
    Arrogant. Snob. Elitist. These are three words that are often used to describe the French. Clearly negative, they do not have the same meaning however…
  • In Spain Of Thrones, Catalonia is playing dead
    For the first time in five years, the growing mass in favor of an independence process for Catalonia, the northeast and richest region in Spain,…
  • The World We Lost and How We Get it Back: Book Review of Ill Fares the Land
    Europe has lost its direction. Seven years after the financial crisis, most of the continent has still not recovered. An unresolved sovereign debt crisis, thousands…
  • Insights | Slavoj Žižek talks about Greece and Syriza
    It is incredibly difficult to listen to Slavoj Žižek without allowing his personality to obscure what may be utter brilliance and innovative thought on the…
  • Putin’s Latest Oblast: A Constructivist Perspective
    Vladimir Putin’s decision to support a referendum in order to annex Crimea has sent a clear message to the international community: there is no set…
  • Ukraine Troll Armies
    [Originally posted here] The Ukrainian government, in an attempt to counter the narrative of the Russian-backed rebels, announced last month that it would be recruiting…
  • Europe Contributors
    Are you interested in European affairs? JPI is expanding and in addition to the Journal, published twice a year, we are now accepting contributions for…

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