Latest issue of student international affairs journal now online

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The Spring 2018 issue of the student-run Cornell International Affairs Review (CIAR) is now available for online reading. The issue features articles on China, Egypt, the Philippines, and Iran by students from Georgetown University, University of Pennsylvania, Loyola Marymount University, and Harvard University.

The opening article, by master’s student Matthew Kim Sullivan of Georgetown, looks at the sometimes-conflicting political interests of the Chinese Communist Party and the People’s Liberation Army during the creation of China’s 2013 Air Defense Identification Zone over the South China Sea.  

A piece by University of Pennsylvania undergraduate Madeline Smith argues that Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser’s aggressive family planning program from the 1950s to 1970s failed to transform women’s role in society, as many expected it would.

Loyola Marymount undergraduate Hyung Jun You writes about the popularity of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has overseen a campaign of extralegal killing of drug users and dealers, attributing his high approval ratings to his nationalist and federalist positions while calling for his punishment on human rights grounds.

Adam Mohsen-Breen, an undergraduate at Harvard, argues that sanctions placed on Iran after the 1979 Islamic Revolution have served U.S. foreign policy objectives, but only in a limited way. Finally, fellow Harvard undergraduate Raquel Leslie writes about the dangers of Chinese nationalist narratives that portray the Chinese as victims of Japan.

CIAR is an independent student organization located at Cornell. Heike Michelsen, associate director of the Einaudi Center, is the primary adviser. The 10-member board of advisers includes faculty members from the departments of government, Near Eastern studies, and applied economics and management, as well as from Cornell’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management and Brown University.