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The Poignant Tale of Pockets

Author: Devika Verma, April 2021

My friend recently bought a new dress.  Very enthusiastically she asked me, “guess what’s the best thing about this dress?”, and instantaneously she yelled: POCKETS! Meanwhile, I was wearing a pair of jeans that could barely fit my tiny bottle of hand sanitizer, let alone a six-inch smartphone. We felt joyful as if we’d found a $20 bill in a long-forgotten jacket. At that moment, I realized how sad it is that two adult women are excited to have pockets—in 2021. 

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Women vs. Great Power Politics 

Author: Natasha Athab, April 2021

The Secretary General’s role is seen to be a symbolic position that aims to pursue the interests of the people, in accordance with the ideals of the United Nations and the Charter. Article 97 of the Charter states “The Secretary-General shall be appointed by the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council” (United Nations, 1945).

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Author: Peter Marber, March 2021

The changing quality and growing quantity of political risk is directly related to three distinct yet interconnected forces occurring in the last 50 years: the rise of globalization, the explosion of information, and the growing importance of, to use George Soros’s term, “reflexivity.”

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Trump Immigration Policy and the Biden Transition

Author: Trevor Johnson, November 2020

This paper examines and reflects on the Trump administration’s immigration policies and their impact. The piece concludes with recommendations to the newly elected Biden administration, on what must immediately be done to restore some semblance of integrity to the United States’ immigration system in order to continue to protect people in a manner which exceeds minimum standards of dignity and respect for human rights. 

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Is Covid-19 a Biological Weapon?

Author: Gabrielle Udell, March 2021

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Due to the pandemic’s economic consequences, and the immense fear and instability it has caused, there is much speculation as to whether Covid-19 is and/or can be used as a biological weapon. To determine the lengths to which this is true or untrue, one should understand the comprehensive definition of biological weapons by analyzing how they’ve been used historically and evaluating whether the threats and properties of Covid-19 resemble those of biological weapons.

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Global Affairs Review has a new home!

We are very excited to announce that we have a new home! The high-quality posts, interviews and Op-Eds of relevant current global trends and challenges that characterize GAR, are now available through the NYU web publishing system at
Previous articles from GAR and its predecessor, Perspectives on Global Issues, can also be found at the new site. Visit us, share your thoughts and contribute with new content. Follow our social media!

Biden’s First Mandate: A pandemic g.i. bill

Authors: Peter Marber, Julian Savulescu, February 2021.

Are there pandemic policies that can be both fair and equitable, while also jumpstarting the world economy now and in the future? We argue for a “progressive reciprocity” framework similar to America’s G.I. Bill, as both an ethical and economic recovery template. This framework would provide incentives for greater public quarantine compliance which can end the health crisis faster, thereby reducing overall societal harm. President Joe Biden might use such a plan to end the crisis, reinvigorate the economy, and restore morality to U.S. policymaking – while also repairing America’s tarnished reputation in the global community.   

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Impacts of Climate Change in Southeast Asia and Adaptation Measures in the Region

Author: Shenyi Chua, December 2020

“Several studies have assessed that SEA will face extreme climate change in the future, affecting both national and human security. As states across SEA are unique in terms of geographical location, political, economic, and cultural traits, each Asian state will experience the impact of climate change differently, depending on the nature of the threat faced and the resilience abilities of each state.”
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Evaluating Development Assistance: Comparing the Goals and Effectiveness of the Foreign Aid Policies of Japan to Asia and the EU to Sub-Saharan Africa

Author: Iman Ahmed, December 2020

“Development aid effects are difficult to quantify and the metrics that have been employed so far suggest that there is much work left to be done in terms of alleviating poverty and ensuring the rights of the poor. Although over time both models conformed to global trends, the Japanese and EU aid models originated out of different historical power dynamics.”
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