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  • Largest Climate Bill in U.S. History Is a Start, but Is It Enough?
    Met with an enthusiastic round of applause and cheers, US President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) into law on Aug. 16, 2022. In his address to the American people, Biden triumphantly said the IRA–a bill dedicated to fighting climate change and reducing fossil fuel emissions in a way that will also lower inflation–is one of the most significant laws in American history.
  • Jeff Bezos: Billionaire, Philanthropist, Greenwasher?
    The 27th UN Conference on Climate Change, COP27, saw a pronouncement from French President Emmanuel Macron that the Bezos Earth Fund had pledged $1 billion to protect carbon reserves and biodiversity. With such a prominent pledge, many have begun to ask, what is the Earth Fund, and where is it situated in the architecture of global environmental governance? Non-state actors are not new to the area, with NGOs and activists becoming increasingly prominent at these international conferences. But philanthropic groups like the Bezos Earth Fund are comparatively new. While they may be able to bring large amounts of money to the table, these actors raise concerns about legitimacy and the power of wealthy individuals like Jeff Bezos. As a result, the fund and its plans are worth a closer look.
  • 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?
  • China’s Party Congress and the End of Political Competition
    When the Chinese Communist Party’s National Congress concludes, it is a ripe time for many observers of Chinese politics to look at the new set of appointments and get a sense of the direction in which the country might be headed. Backgrounds of leaders elected to the Politburo Standing Committee (the highest decision-making body in the party) or the Politburo (the second-highest decision-making body) are revealed at the end of the Party Congress, and they would stay in power for the next five years. In Leninist-Marxist regimes, these leaders–who have historically been mostly men– are the living embodiment of the ‘five-year plans’ that rule planned economies. 
  • Perspective | China’s Extraterritorial Reach on the Chinese Diaspora
    What does it mean to be Chinese? Am I Chinese? With my recent move to New York City, I am surprised at how often I am asked this question: Are you Chinese? I struggle to respond every time because the word “Chinese” can mean a lot of things – a nationality, an ethnicity, a language, and even a culture. And it requires much more than a simple yes or no to answer.
  • 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. 
  • Emerging Conversations on Anti-Asian Hate Crimes and the Legalities Behind Them
    On Sept. 29, the US-Asia Law Institute at NYU Law invited attorneys Jennifer Wu (NYU Law, 2004) and Lawrence Wee (Harvard Law, 1994) from the Paul Weiss Law firm to discuss anti-Asian hate crime. Wu and Wee spoke on the difficulty of prosecuting hate crimes through the nature of collecting evidence, and why the community response, both digital and protest advocacy, should be made first and foremost with the voice of the victims in mind. In a city-campus where students are already cautious of daily safety, the rise in hate crimes and the deaths of young professionals alarmed safety concerns and brought forward attention and support for the Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) community.
  • 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.
  • A Brief History of the US Labor Movement
    The first national federation of unions, the National Labor Union, was created in 1872 after workers demanded for an eight-hour workday. In the following decades, unions representing an assortment of trades and demands sprang up across the US. Their goal was to protect the rights – to safety, humane conditions, and social and economic freedom – of workers as booming corporations seemingly sought to eliminate them.
  • 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…
  • 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.
  • Faculty Insights Podcast: The COVID-19 Vaccine in the World
    JPI’s Roya Lotfi sat down with Mr. Robert Dry, former counselor for scientific, environmental, technological, and health affairs at the U.S. embassy in Paris and…
  • 2022 Winter Olympics: More Divisive than Unifying
    Since their inception in ancient Greece, the Olympic Games have been used as a tool for peace promotion.
  • Citizenship and the Vulnerability of the “Stateless” in Offshore Citizens
    Noora Lori’s book, Offshore Citizens, offers a compelling picture of international citizenship, its power, and the plights of the stateless.
  • Faculty Insights Podcast: Humanitarian Efforts in Afghanistan
    JPI Online’s Roya Lotfi sat down with Dr. Shinasi Rama, Clinical Professor of Politics and International Relations to discuss the timely topic of humanitarian efforts…
  • COVID-19 Reaches the Gig Economy
    One of the first things I did when I moved to New York was sign up for Wag, an app-based dog-walking service. I love both…
  • The ‘Arab Spring’ has Sprung Again in the Middle East
    As you may have noticed on your morning commute, listening to your preferred daily news podcast, that stories of the Middle East have yet again…
  • Democracies are in decline, and our educational institutions are to blame
    The rise of right-wing populism has sparked the demise of democracies across the globe. Whilst this may be true, frankly, our outdated, 20th century educational…
  • Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Problem
    As the oldest political revivalist group in the Islamic world—and one of the most polarizing—the Muslim Brotherhood has the disputed status throughout the region as…
  • UN Peacekeeping Operations Ministerial Conference is Taking Place This Month – The International Community Should Reflect on Practicality
    The United Nations peacekeeping operations (PKO) have long been the organizations backbone, with its relevance and effectiveness in maintaining international peace and security. With 14…
  • An Election of “Firsts”
    Yesterday’s election saw large numbers of Americans turning up to cast their votes. The New York Times is estimating that some 114 million ballots were cast…
  • How Overturning a Christian Woman’s Death Sentence Brought Pakistan to a Standstill
    On Tuesday, Pakistan’s Supreme Court acquitted Asia Bibi, a woman falsely accused of blasphemy, in a landmark verdict. This long-delayed, historic decision freed Bibi after…
  • No Post-Conflict Decontamination Obligations Set Before UN First Committee Vote
    NEW YORK—The U.N. General Assembly’s upcoming vote on a resolution to address the effects and use of depleted uranium weaponry is its first since the…
  • Insights | Information: The Best Weapon against Radicalization
    They were starved and abused. While they wouldn’t have believed any negative information about ISIS once indoctrinated, they said had they known what membership entailed…
  • Insights | Caring for the Crazy
            Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons            What if the next time you fell ill, seriously ill—the kind of…
  • Insights | The Truth About Torture: Depicting CIA Abuses in ‘The Torture Report’
    Excerpt from ‘The Torture Report’ | Photo courtesy Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón On September 17, 2001, the United States took its first steps into a…
  • Insights | “Crude Democracy” Book Review
    A woman walks past a gas pipeline near the city of Asaluyeh, Iran, Jan. 22, 2014. | Photo courtesy  Xinhua News I remember once during a…
  • Insights | Prophesying the Present: Michel Houellebecq’s “Submission”
    Michel Houellebecq’s “Submission” should bear a trigger warning | Photo courtesy WSJ blogs With the French Presidential campaign in full swing, anti-Muslim sentiment has reached fever pitch…
  • 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…
  • Insights | Gay, Palestinian, Israeli: Caught between conflicting identities
    Jake Witzenfeld presented his documentary Oriented at New York University’s Gallatin School, sparking a conversation about identity crises on the Mediterranean shores. In the opening…
  • Insights | A Leaderless Movement: Gordon Brown on Globalization
      The room was filled with an impatient buzz. Students and faculty looked around, both admiring their surroundings and hoping to get a glimpse of…
  • Insights | Is Footing the Peacekeeping Bill Enough?
    Austria sends more. Uruguay, Yemen and Denmark send more. Even Finland sends more troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions than the United States, though its…
  • Insights | Reducing Uncertainty
    [Originally posted here] Books and movies often portray U.S. intelligence as a salacious world of secrets and spies, evoking images of Liam Neeson scaling buildings…
  • 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…
  • Insights | The Savage Wars of Peace
    At some point we have all discussed war. These discussions generally start along the lines of its merits and drawbacks, why countries engage in war,…
  • Insights | NYU Law Event: Iran, ISIS, and the Future of Gulf Security
    Iran, ISIS, and the Future of Gulf Security March 2, 2015 Furman Hall | The Center on Law and Security | NYU School of Law…
  • Insights
    The Journal of Political Inquiry is pleased to announce the introduction of Insights, a new web feature that allows our student community to share perspectives on…

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