International Relations Major, Thucydides
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Meet Foreign Policy Interrupted

Madeline Albright, former U.S. secretary of state, arrives in London on December 5, 2005. (Hird/Courtesy Reuters)

“My motto…for young and medium-aged women is that we have to learn to interrupt because you don’t get called on just because people think you should be. You have to have some thoughts and interrupt.”
Madeleine Albright

From CFR:

Elmira Bayrasli and Lauren Bohn are co-founders of Foreign Policy Interrupted, an important and unprecedented new initiative that aims to increase the number of female voices in foreign policy. Working from the ground up through a cohesive fellowship program, including media training and meaningful mentoring at partnering media institutions, FPI helps women break both internal and external barriers to more and better representation in and on the media.

"I’m a journalist, so I’ve encountered the disparity from a couple of angles. I’ve been reporting on the ground in the Middle East for the past three years and it’s interesting because the press corps in the region is largely female. Just yesterday, ahead of Egypt’s voting on a new constitution, I compiled a list of female journalists on the ground to follow on Twitter. There are tons. Yet when it comes to the analysis side of things, we don’t see as many women being positioned or positioning themselves, as expert voices. When producing a piece, I always try to include the opinions of female analysts, and women who are doing great work on the issues, but they’re typically a bit more reticent to assert their opinions than men.”

Subscribe here: http://fpinterrupted.com/

(h/t Colleen)

3 months ago
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THESIS TIME!

Sorry for the lack of posts recently. I’ll be turning my senior thesis in exactly a week from today, so this is my life at the moment:

As always, feel free to submit memes or posts related to IR!

4 months ago
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globalvoices:

Don’t give it to a Russian

A creative boycott is drawing the attention of Russian Internet users. Ukrainian women are organizing a new campaign called “Don’t give it to a Russian”—a sex embargo against Russian men.

Ukrainian Women’s Sex Boycott Against Russian Men

And more from the Atlantic:

Of course, the women of ”Don’t Give It to a Russian” are hardly the first to have this idea. Just last month, a group of women in Tokyo threatened not to sleep with any man who voted for a gubernatorial candidate who was seen to have outdated views on gender. In 2003, a group called the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace led a sex strike for an end to the Liberian civil war. And just a few years ago in Ukraine, the feminist group Femen called on the wives and girlfriends of the members of the prime minister’s cabinet to boycott sex in opposition to what they called the prime minister’s ”caddish and humiliating attitude towards Ukrainian women.”

It is, in fact, a strategy as old as time. In the Greek comedy Lysistrata, the eponymous character rallies her fellow women to withhold sex from their husbands until they agree to end the Peloponnesian War. For what it’s worth, it worked for the women in the play.

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4 months ago
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maptacular:

Ukraine maps chart Crimea’s troubled past
If Crimea were to join Russia after the planned referendum on 17 March, it would be the latest of many changes to the map of Ukraine during the country’s troubled past.
Passions are being fired by history, as the old maps in the British Library's collection reveal.
See many more maps at BBC.com

maptacular:

Ukraine maps chart Crimea’s troubled past

If Crimea were to join Russia after the planned referendum on 17 March, it would be the latest of many changes to the map of Ukraine during the country’s troubled past.

Passions are being fired by history, as the old maps in the British Library's collection reveal.

See many more maps at BBC.com

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4 months ago
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foreignaffairsmagazine:

In India, conservatives have it wrong: it is homophobia, not homosexuality, that is a foreign import. http://fam.ag/1cJxXOG

foreignaffairsmagazine:

In India, conservatives have it wrong: it is homophobia, not homosexuality, that is a foreign import. http://fam.ag/1cJxXOG

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waltwendtwaltzing:

explore-blog:

Christoph Niemann's artwork exploring commoditized warfare for MoMA's Design and Violence is, as expected, absolutely brilliant.

Pair with Niemann’s equally ingenious Abstract City

This one is charmingly horrifying:

CS_04skidrone

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4 months ago
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theatlantic:

Rapping for Democracy in Afghanistan

Seventy percent of the country’s population is under 25. Can music make them interested in politics?

Read more.

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4 months ago
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For a great many people, in the past and in the present, it is hard to resist the thrill of war fever, the excitement of ‘seriousness,’ and the call of history—the romance of the iceberg even as it sinks the boat. »Adam Gopnik on Crimea and the hysteria of history: http://nyr.kr/1f8dQsT (via newyorker)
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