David Cameron
Momentous. Seismic. Historic. The British vote to leave the European Union was all that and more. For the supporters of the Remain campaign and many in the EU, it is a catastrophic defeat, one that will prove to be immensely costly in a variety of ways to the UK and the EU. For supporters of the Leave campaign and euroskeptics throughout the EU, on the other hand, it is a great victory of democracy, one that will enable the British people, through their parliament, to reclaim the sovereignty...
Harland Dahl
With funding from the South Asian Studies Travel Research Grant for Undergraduate Students, Harland Dahl, a Class of 2018 political science major with a global health concentration, traveled to New Delhi, India, to work for the Population Foundation of India. I’ve just finished my third week living and working in New Delhi, India, and I can’t believe how quickly my time here has gone. New Delhi is at once historic and metropolitan, frustrating and inspiring, and chaotic and beautiful. Cluttered...
Genevieve LeBaron and David Blighty
“Slavery is one of the most pressing societal problems of our time,” said Genevieve LeBaron, the Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery Fellow at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition. “Many economists and political scientists had hypothesized that capitalism would eradicate forced labor. Instead, slavery is a rapidly growing concern and one that we must urgently address.” According to the International Labour Organization, nearly 21 million people...
Ian Shapiro
Ian Shapiro, Sterling Professor of Political Science and Henry R. Luce Director of the MacMillan Center, grew up in South Africa during the apartheid era.  He recalls that people there could easily list the regime’s injustices, but often struggled to describe a just alternative.   This observation — people know what they oppose better than what they favor — informs Shapiro’s argument in his latest book, “Politics Against Domination.” He makes the case that resisting domination should be the...
A recent workshop on an extinct and very rarely studied language opened a “brand new door to fresh historical perspectives” for Yale graduate student Yuan Chen. Chen, who studies medieval Chinese history, participated in the Kitan Language Workshop, which presented her with a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to learn about theancient language developed by the Kitan people. The workshop, which took place May 11-19, was organized by Valerie Hansen, professor of history at Yale, and funded by the ...