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Informative notes on a variety of topics have flowed into my inbox lately.  I’m going to combine them all in this pre-Thanksgiving catch-up blog.


PhD candidate David Knoll let me know that he and fellow PhD student Matt Herbert just published a two-part series on Somali piracy for the World Peace FoundationPart 1 and Part 2.

Newly selected Al Nakhlah editors (and first-year MALD students) Alex Taylor and Jack Berger interviewed Rami Khouri, Director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut.  He discusses the emergence of a new conception of citizenship in the Arab world.

There was a nice online article recognizing the entrepreneurial energy at Tufts.

An Update

Fletcher alum and contributing Admissions Blogger Manjula Dissanayake sent me an update this morning.  Both Manjula and Educate Lanka have had great success this year!

An Honor

Current MALD student Kat Trujillo was just selected by the U.S.-Ireland Alliance for the 2015 class of George J. Mitchell Scholars.  Congratulations to Kat!

A President

In October, a Fletcher alum, Mulatu Teshome, was selected as the President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

Finally, unrelated to any of the above, a note from me:  I have received some good suggestions for blogs for the coming months, but I’m open to more!  Please be sure to complete the survey and send me your ideas.

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Before I let too much time slip by, I want to bring readers’ attention to two new editions of student-run publications.

First, the editors of Al Nakhlah, Fletcher’s online journal focused on Southwest Asia, introduced its 2013 edition.  The announcement noted, “This year’s articles range from an op-ed on contemporary women’s rights in Egypt to the geopolitical significance of religious fundamentalism in Central Asia to the legal implications of drone warfare in Pakistan.”  Articles include:

Equal Rights in Egypt: An Unlikely Opportunity,” by Faiqa Mahmood
Lost in the Labyrinth: The Green Revolution and the Islamic Republic of Iran,” by Joel Hernandez
Strange Bedfellows: Religious Fundamentalism and the Death Penalty in the U.S. and Saudi Arabia,” by Julia Brooks
Mandate Iraq: Imagining a Nation,” by Natalie Bowlus
The ‘Unmanned’ Conflict in Pakistan,” by Neha Ansari
Legitimate Threat or Excuse for Repression? The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and Central Asian Stability Post-2014,” by Lesley Pories
Terrorism in Iran: An Analysis of Non-State Militant Organizations in the Islamic Republic,” by Micah Peckarsky
Navigating U.S.-Egyptian Relations in the Post-Mubarak Era: Strategies for Preserving American Interests,” by Micah Peckarsky

And, if that isn’t enough reading for you, the new editorial team at The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs announced the online launch of this year’s summer edition, noting “Inside you will find insights on former U.S.-Tehran relations from Bruce Reidel, veteran CIA officer and White House advisor, theories on Syrian political strategy from David Wallsh, observations on women’s education in Saudi Arabia from Marcia Grant, a discussion on the challenges faced by South Sudan by Jok Maduk Jok, and many others.  This issue also touches on important transnational concerns.  We explore these issues through an interview with David Killion, U.S. Ambassador to UNESCO, an article by Raymond Taras on the role of literature in international relations, and a discussion on the controversies surrounding the popularization of development aid, from Erik Shreiner Evans of the fake aid campaign ‘Africa for Norway.’”

To view the complete list of articles and abstracts, visit the Forum website, where you can also find PDF versions of the articles.

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