Madeleine Albright and the Problem of Snowden

Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State, is probably the closest I have to a personal hero. I was struck by her vehemence towards Edward Snowden. I do not see any other way the NSA privacy abuses would have come to light.

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Does Security Research Reflect Gender Socialization Patterns?

This past Wednesday (Nov 6), I presented at the Herbert York Fellowship Symposium, held at the Lawrence Livermore National Security Laboratory (LLNL). A significant portion of the research centered on issues of sub-national violence and international cooperation. Geographically, the focus was definitely on the Global South. There were also some interesting discrepancies in terms of gender.


I just wanted to write a quick note explaining my silence over the past couple of weeks. One of the difficulties of balancing grad school with a blog or anything else for that matter is that sometime the deadlines just overwhelm. I am in one of these periods right now and it is unlikely I […]


Counterpoint: Gun Violence and Women

Will arming girls protect them? Not only is the answer clearly no, but women’s lives are disproportionately endangered by gun violence. A gun in the home increases a woman’s risk of homicide by 500%.

Storytelling and Politics: The Value of Empathy 2

In particular, stories of the “other” — the poor, racial/ethnic/religious minorities, etc. — provide evidence of a society’s true values and deepest insecurities. At the heart of the issue is the extent to which these stories describe the world as it truly is or as we hope/fear it is.

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Religious Freedom For Whom? 9

North Carolina recently became the twenty-sixth state to pass some form of anti-Sharia legislation. Supporters have repeatedly claimed that these laws protect women from discrimination. Unfortunately, one only has to look to the actual cases when these laws have been applied to discover how they are being used against the women they claim to help.

The Least We Can Do – Syria

Sometimes the only thing we can do in the face of unbelievable horror and the seemingly unending pain that humans inflict upon each other is to give our attention. On these occasions, being a witness is both the least and the greatest thing we can do.

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Have Non-Military Options Been Exhausted In Syria?

Syria is complicated; thus, it is not surprising that politicians, academic experts, and human rights activists are divided on whether U.S. military intervention will help or worsen the crisis there. The one thing most people are very wrong about, however, is that non-military options have been exhausted. I explain why in the following post. But also take a look what we as individuals can do to respond to this tragedy. If you have a link or a suggestion that you believe would be useful, please leave a comment.

[Updated] A Guide To Understanding Syria

Since I have been reading a lot of material on the civil war in Syria lately, I wanted to highlight the most informative articles on the current crisis. This list is not concerned with the debate on U.S. involvement but is focused on content that explains the issues prompting global concern.