Faded sign of radiation threat against the background of an abandoned antenna of a horizon radar station called "Duga." Chernobyl, Ukraine.

International ·

4 Questions about the Nuclear Threat during the Cold War Versus Today

SIS professor and former dean James Goldgeier answers questions about today’s nuclear threat versus that during similarly tense periods of the Cold War.
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Ambassador Piper Campbell rides a crazy horse in Mongolia

International ·

Ambassador Piper Campbell Takes the Helm of USFP and GGPS Graduate Programs

This summer, Ambassador Piper Campbell began her new role as the administrative director of the Global Governance, Politics, and Security (GGPS) and the US Foreign Policy and National Security (USFP) graduate programs at SIS.
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Bob Dylan plays guitar in Hamburg, Germany. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons license.

Research ·

Summer Scholars Funding Enables Unique Research

AU's Summer Scholars and Artists Research Fellowship provides funding to help students conduct research.
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Roseate Spoonbill vintage illustration wall art print and poster design. Original from Birds of America by John James Audubon, digitally enhanced by rawpixel

International ·

Green Groups Can Embrace Future—and Environmental Justice—by Confronting Past

The Seattle chapter of the National Audubon Society voted to remove the name “Audubon” from its name, continuing a trend of environmental organizations reckoning with racist histories. Professor Malini Ranganathan answers related questions.
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Manchester, UK - 16 April 2022: Activists against deportation of refugees in UK spoke in St Peter's Square. Photo credit: Zhao Zheming / Shutterstock.com

International ·

Western Countries Are Shipping Refugees to Poorer Nations in Exchange for Cash

A UK plan to move asylum seekers on its shores to Rwanda has been met with stiff opposition from human rights organizations. But the UK persists, and Rwanda is all too willing.
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Boris Johnson signed the Withdrawal Agreement for the UK to leave the EU. This photo contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.

International ·

Boris Johnson’s Messy Political Legacy of Lies, Scandals, and Delivering Brexit to His Base

The UK prime minister tendered his resignation after a slew of resignations by former allies in his government.
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Abortion rights protesters march across the Brooklyn Bridge during a demonstration in New York City. Photo credit: Ben Von Klemperer / Shutterstock.com

Government & Politics ·

What Do You Need to Know about the Overturning of Roe v. Wade?

On June 24, 2022, the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ending nearly 50 years of federally protected abortion rights. We asked several AU professors to weigh in on the implications of this decision.
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Charles and Judy Bush

Alumni ·

AU Changed Their Lives—Now They’re Easing the Way for a New Generation

Alumni couple Judy and Charles Bush carry deeply imprinted connections to American University. In the decades following their graduation, their interest in the world never waned, nor did their connection to AU.
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Chinese president Xi Jinping during a 2018 state visit to Rwanda. This photo by the administration of Paul Kagame (https://www.flickr.com/photos/paulkagame/42872133284) is licensed by CC BY-ND 2.0: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/.

International ·

How Much Does Ideology Really Influence Xi Jinping?

SIS professor Joseph Torigian recently wrote an article for the Wilson Center, which explores this question: Is Xi Jinping an ideological person? We spoke with Torigian to learn more about his piece.
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Jeffrey Moeller, Soukayna Lakhsassi, and Lina Abisoghomyan

In the Community ·

Mentoring Program Strengthens SIS Students’ Career Development

The SIS mentoring program has evolved since its initial launch in 2019, helping foster mentoring relationships even through the pandemic.
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