The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies has awarded book prizes to two Yale faculty members.

Emily Erikson, an associate professor in the Department of Sociology, was awarded the Gaddis Smith International Book Prize for best first book for “Between Monopoly and Free Trade: The English East India Company, 1600-1757” (Princeton University Press, 2014). Timothy Snyder, the Bird White Housum Professor of...

Most people believe that the 21st century simply began at the turn of the millennium, in the year 2000. However, Krzysztof Szczerski, a secretary of state in the chancellery of the president in Poland, came to Yale to posit that the 21st century actually started at three different times.

“You can argue about the beginning of historical periods by defining the nature of the geopolitical order,” he said.

In his talk entitled “Geopolitics and Europe: A Polish Perspective,” Minister Szczerski...

This op-ed written by Timothy Snyder, the Bird White Housum Professor of History, and a member of the European Studies Council at the MacMillan Center, appeared in The New York Times on September 20

The president of Russia, Vladimir V. Putin, once described the collapse of the Soviet Union as a “geopolitical catastrophe.” But the political thinker who today has the most influence on Mr. Putin’s Russia is not Vladimir Lenin, the founder of the Communist system, but rather Ivan Ilyin...

As political science professor David R. Cameron took the podium before his talk on the implications of Brexit Thursday afternoon, he paused to allow those expecting another David Cameron — the former prime minister of the U.K. — to leave. He laughed when no one left, and then went on.

At the talk, “Brexit: What It Will Mean for the U.K. and the EU,” which drew about 30, the renowned Yale professor discussed the historical relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union, provided...

The terrorism perpetuated by ISIS and other extremist groups reinforces the perception that Islam, a religion with more than 1 billion believers worldwide, has spread over the course of its 1,400-year history through violent conquest.

A new book by Lamin Sanneh, the D. Willis James Professor of Missions and World Christianity at Yale Divinity School and professor of history, offers a different perspective, one drawn from the historical record.

Sanneh’s book, “Beyond Jihad,” explores the...