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Popular views of the explorer see him as intrepid adventurer or bungling murderer. But he was also a religious crusader. The following interview with Alan Mikhail, Professor of History, appeared in...
Choon Hwee Koh
The  Middle East Studies Association has chosen Choon Hwee Koh’s “The Sublime Post: A History of Empire and Power through the Ottoman Post Station System, 1600-1839” for its 2020 Malcolm H....
Alexei Navalny with Yulia and their son Zakhar as he recovers in Berlin from the poisoning.
On August 20, Alexei Navalny, the foremost democratic opposition activist in Russia, became violently ill on a flight to Moscow from Tomsk, where he had been campaigning in advance of the September...
Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
The Yale Institute for Global Health (YIGH) will launch its “Global Health Conversation Series” in October with Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious...
Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, candidate in Belarus presidential election, with European Parliament President David Sassoli at the EU, Sept. 21, 2020.
When they gathered in Brussels last Thursday for the two-day meeting of the European Council, the 27 leaders of the EU member states faced a full agenda—the dramatic increase in Covid-19 infections...
Camille Cole
The Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies (AGAPS) has selected Camille Cole’s  “Empire on Edge: Land, Law, and Capital in Gilded Age Basra” for its Dissertation Award for 2020....
Klara Wojtkowska
Klara Wojtkowska, a graduate of the African Studies M.A. program (2013), has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar Grant to Zimbabwe. In the following interview in the Fulbrighter, she talks about her...
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announcing today she’ll call Prime Minister Boris Johnson tomorrow and propose an intensification of the EU-UK negotiation.
After two weeks of meetings of the chief negotiators and their teams in specialized sessions, the EU and UK negotiating teams, led respectively by Michel Barnier and David Frost, met in Brussels this...
James Scott
The following interview with James Scott, Sterling Professor of Political Science and Professor of Anthropology and Founder of the Agrarian Studies Program at the MacMillan Center, appeared in Slate...
Frederick Douglass
The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at the MacMillan Center has announced the finalists for its 22nd annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize, one of the most...
Maroš Šefčovič, European Commission Vice President, and Michael Gove, UK Cabinet Office Minister, meeting in Brussels yesterday as co-chairs of the Joint Committee, joined by Michel Barnier via videoconference.
After two weeks of meetings of the chief negotiators and their teams in specialized sessions, the EU and UK negotiating teams, led respectively by Michel Barnier and David Frost, are meeting in...
Garment workers demonstrating in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on September 20, 2020. Photo: Mamunur Rashid/NurPhoto via Getty Images.
Mushfiq Mobarak, Director of  the Yale Research Initiative on Innovation and Scale (Y-RISE) and Professor of Economics, describes the arc of his research on scalable, evidence-based policy responses...
European Studies Council at the MacMillan Center has organized “Visual Acts of Radical Care: An Exhibition of Feminist Artists-Activists from Central and Eastern Europe,” a 3D virtual art exhibition...
Sunil Amrith and Ram Vishwanathan
The South Asian Studies Council has a new face at its helm: Sunil Amrith, the new Renu and Anand Dhawan Professor of History at Yale. Amrith, who joined Yale from Harvard before the start of this...
Arya Sundaram
Arya Sundaram is the winner of the MacMillan Center’s William J. Foltz Journalism Award. Her submission, “‘Scared for my life’: why more Indians are joining migrants on risky journey to reach the U.S...
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About a month ago, two soldiers from Myanmar crossed the border into Bangladesh and turned themselves in to local authorities. They were both seeking protection in the wake of a veritable bombshell...
The following op-ed written by Bruce Ackerman, a professor of law and political science at Yale, and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Fremont), the first vice chair of the Progressive Caucus in Congress, appeared...
European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič, co-chair of the EU-UK Joint Committee, after emergency meeting in London yesterday with fellow co-chair Michael Gove.
This week the EU and the UK held another week-long round in their negotiation of an agreement in regard to their future relationship after the UK’s transition period ends and it leaves the EU’s...
Ernesto Zedillo, the Frederick Iseman ’74 Director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization and Professor in the Field of International Economics and Politics at Yale, has been appointed to...
Robert Harms, the Henry J. Heinz Professor of History & African Studies, and Yair Listokin, the Shibley Family Fund Professor of Law, have been awarded book prizes by the Whitney and Betty...
Marius Kothor, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History and Council on African Studies (CAS) Graduate Affiliate has been awarded the Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (...
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
The following article written by Alan Mikhail, Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History, appeared in Time on September 3: At the end of August, Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip...
Photo caption: (From left) Reinaldo Funes Monzote, Professor of History at the University of Havana and Henry Hart Rice Family Foundation Visiting Professor at Yale University; Liliana Nuñez Velis, President of FANJ; and Claudia Valeggia, Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies, gather to sign a “celebration statement” at FANJ on March 10, 2020 to inaugurate the memorandum of understanding between Yale University and FANJ.
The Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies (CLAIS) at the MacMillan Center at Yale University and Fundación Antonio Núñez Jiménez (FANJ) in Cuba are delighted to announce a Memorandum of...
From left: Elizabeth Nugent, Nick Wade ’21, Sarah Kammourh ’22, and Marwan Safar Jalani ’20
In March, Yale political scientist Elizabeth Nugent was about to start a post-election survey in Tunisia to better understand the effects of repression on political partisanship following a...
German Chancellor Angela Merkel announcing yesterday that Alexei Navalny was poisoned with Novichok, a chemical weapon.
Update: Yesterday, the Charité hospital in Berlin announced Navalny “has been removed from his medically-induced coma and is being weaned off mechanical ventilation. He is responding to verbal...
Alan Mikhail, professor of history and chair of the department of history, has expanded our understandings of the past through his previous three prize-winning books on the history of the Middle East...
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announcing Phil Hogan’s resignation as trade commissioner.
Update: On Friday, the Irish government put forward two candidates for the position of commissioner vacated by Hogan – Mairead McGuinness, the First Vice President of the European Parliament, and...
Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, speaking Friday after last week’s round in the EU-UK negotiation.
Last week, the EU and UK negotiating teams, led by Michel Barnier and David Frost, met in Brussels for the seventh round in the negotiation of their future relationship. The UK will leave the EU’s...
Thomas Thurston, Education Director at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, talks with Westenley Alcenat on his book project “Children of Africa, Shall be...
David Shimer ’18 B.A., M.A.
Russian hackers and internet trolls sought to manipulate American voters throughout the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, as they are doing again in 2020. Their efforts represent the latest chapter in...
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Yale University will soon welcome more than 1,900 undergraduates to live and study on campus, a step that follows months of intensive preparations for a fall semester in which fastidious attention...
European Council President Charles Michel announcing the conclusions of yesterday’s video conference.
On August 9, Aleksandr Lukashenko was elected to his sixth term as president of Belarus, a position he has held since 1994. According to the Central Election Commission, he received 80.1 percent of...
Timothy Snyder
The following opinion piece written by Timothy Snyder, Levin Professor of History and the author of “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century,” appeared in the Washington Post on August...
Map of the Ottoman Empire, 1570   Everett Collection Historical, via Alamy
The following review of Alan Mikhail’s new book, God’s Shadow: Sultan Selim, His Ottoman Empire, and the Making of the Modern World appeared in the New York Times on August 18. It was...
Carla Rothlin
The Council on Latin American & Iberian Studies at the MacMillan Center recently had a chance to speak with Professor Carla Rothlin at the Yale School of Medicine, who is new member of its...
Election protesters in Minsk, Belarus being released from detention earlier today
On Sunday, Aleksandr Lukashenko, who the German foreign minister in 2012 famously called “Europe’s last dictator,” was elected to his sixth consecutive term as president of Belarus. According to the...
More than a massive nuclear arsenal, says Yale SOM strategy expert Paul Bracken, information technology and shifting alliances drive post-Cold War military advantage in an unpredictable, multipolar world.
In the opening years of the Cold War, the world was one misunderstanding away from a nuclear war. But eventually the United States and the Soviet Union entered arms-control talks and developed a set...
The European Studies Council at the MacMillan Center is pleased to announce the publication of the journal of conference proceedings from its inaugural European Studies Graduate Fellows Conference...
European Commission estimates of the drop in GDP in 2020.
Last Thursday, commentators and analysts alike were startled when the Bureau of Economic Analysis of the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that the Gross Domestic Product, after dropping by 1.3...
The following commentary written by Ian Shapiro, Sterling Professor of Political Science, and Michael Graetz, Professor of Law Emeritus, appeared in the July 27 of Medium: There is a realistic and...