40:1 – Winter 2016
At the Center: Conversations on Global Change and Convergence
On Emerging Kurdistan: A conversation with Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, Kurdistan Regional Government Representative to the United States
On the Survival of the Iraqi State: A conversation with Mina Al-Oraibi, Yale World Fellow and Former Assistant Editor-in-Chief of Asharq Al-Awsat
On Making and Unmaking Nations: A conversation with Scott Straus, Professor of Political Science and International Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison
On Diplomacy in Cuba: A conversation with Paul Hare, former British Ambassador to Cuba and Senior Lecturer at Boston University
On Reform and Revitalization in Greece: A conversation with George Provopoulos, former Governor of the Bank of Greece
In the Architecture: Perspectives from Economics, Law, Conflict, Environment, and Gender
The creation of the World Trade Organization and the end of trade protectionism displaced Puerto Rico from its position as a flourishing tax haven, setting the island on a path toward default. Emilio Pantojas discusses the parallels between Puerto Rico and Greece, concluding that they have both undergone not only fiscal and economic crises, but also an underlying crisis of governance.
James D. Fry & Inna Amesheva
Climate change is intertwined with global human health, andthe corresponding branches of law simultaneously conflict with and complement each other. James Fry and Inna Amesheva take a comparative approach to the dynamic relationship between international climate change law and international health law, demonstrating their interaction as applied to integrated challenges suchas climate change alleviation and the 2015 Paris Agreement.
Miguel de Serpa Soares
Over the 70 years of its existence, the United Nations has contributed to the formation of international law. Miguel de Serpa Soares discusses this contribution to lawmaking through multiple channels: the UN’s exercise of collective action, particularly through the development of multilateral treaties; UN organizations and institutions such as the General Assembly, Security Council, and International Court of Justice; and the legal opinions developed by the Office of Legal Affairs.
Existing within a network of poverty, crime, corruption, and poorgovernance, the illegal wildlife trade jeopardizes both human and animal habitats in Africa, posing a particular threat to the African elephant. Ellen McDonald highlights the failure of international regulations to halt this trade, calling for cross-border cooperation to create a network of wildlife preservation instead.
The continued division of the Korean Peninsula demonstrates the militarization of territorial borders, underscoring the need for feminism and inclusion in the pursuit of peace. Suzy Kim tells the story ofthe Women Cross DMZ Peace Walk as a milestone in a long-term movement toward collaborative, comprehensive conflict resolution in the Koreas.
Seth W. Pate
Although Taiwan has a long history of nationalist movements, the current student protests mark a sea change: they echo a global trendof self-determination and separatism, setting a rising China and a more open Taiwan on a collision course. Seth Pate traces the legacy of nationalist movements in Taiwan and discusses the impact of the current movement on both regional stability and U.S. foreign policy in Asia.
Melanne Verveer & Kim Azzarelli
Women’s progress is global progress. Melanne Verveer and Kim Azzarelli draw on examples of feminism and equal participation both in the United States and Iran to conclude that the advancement and inclusion of women and girls—in the midst of a societal shift toward women leaders—is a step forward to a better world for all.