Category Archives: Interviews

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 https://wp.nyu.edu/schoolofprofessionalstudies-ga_review/
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!

Making Over the Moudawana: Legal Reform and Women’s Rights in Morocco

Author: Alonna Despain, November 2020.

“Looking at Morocco as a case study helps illuminate a clear example of Islam as a progressive and adaptive line of thought, which is more than capable of egalitarian interpretations. Furthermore, this case has the possibility of being a model for other countries and situations moving forward on making more inclusive reforms and progression towards gender equality.”
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#CGAat15 Faculty Interview Series: Sylvia Maier

This year, The Center for Global Affairs (CGA) celebrates its 15th Anniversary. To mark this occasion, the Global Affairs Review (GAR) sat down with Professor Sylvia Maier, to discuss her CGA journey and experience. Dr. Maier directs the M.S. in Global Affairs Concentration in Global Gender Studies, the Global Field Intensive to the United Arab Emirates, and serves as faculty adviser to the MSGA Gender Working Group. Sylvia’s principal fields of interest and expertise are women’s rights in the Middle East, South Central Asia, and the Gulf States, with a particular focus on the United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan, and Iraqi Kurdistan, where she has taught and conducted extensive field research. Sylvia’s new research project, Making Cities Work for Women, is a comparative study of feminist urbanism in global cities—Berlin, Dubai, Vienna, New York—and explores in what ways feminist activists are influencing cities’ urban planning and design processes to reflect the needs, preferences, and lived realities of urban women. Complementing her academic work, Sylvia is the co-founder and deputy editor-in-chief of Women Across Frontiers, a digital women’s rights magazine, and serves as Director of Education Programs as well as on the board of The Peace Project, Inc. 

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#CGAat15 Faculty Interview Series: Thomas Hill

This year, The Center for Global Affairs (CGA) celebrates its 15th Anniversary. To mark this occasion, the Global Affairs Review (GAR) sat down with Professor Thomas Hill, to discuss his CGA journey and experience. Dr. Hill is a clinical associate professor at the CGA, where he is director of the Peace Research and Education Program. He oversees the peacebuilding concentration within the Master of Science in Global Affairs (MSGA) program. He is a peacebuilding practitioner and researcher with more than 15 years of experience focusing on Iraq. Dr. Hill has developed and has taught a variety of other graduate-level courses, including: Peacemaking and Peacebuilding; the Workshop in Applied Peacebuilding; Conflict Assessment; the Joint Research Seminar in Peacebuilding and the Advanced Joint Research Seminar in Peacebuilding, a two-course sequence that has been conducted in partnership with the University of Duhok in Iraq and the Escuela Superior de Administracion Publica in Colombia. He is a member of the Institute for Economics and Peace. A former journalist, his research interests include: the role of universities as actors and sites for peacebuilding; the importance of community-centered approaches to civil society-led peacebuilding; and the use of conflict analysis and assessment as tools for integrating development and peacebuilding. 

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#CGAat15 Faculty Interview Series: Waheguru Pal S. Sidhu

This year, The Center for Global Affairs (CGA) celebrates its 15th Anniversary. To mark this occasion, the Global Affairs Review (GAR) sat down with Professor Waheguru Pal Singh (W.P.S.) Sidhu, to discuss his CGA journey and experience. Dr. Sidhu is an associate professor at the CGA and the Director of the United Nations specialization. Concurrently, he is an associate fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and a guest faculty at the NATO Defense College. Dr. Sidhu has more than 25 years of experience in traditional and non-traditional security issues, specifically in arms control and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction – particularly nuclear weapons – and the role of emerging powers, especially India, in the evolving global order. His previous academic and professional positions include vice president of programs at the EastWest Institute, and director of the innovative New Issues in Security Course at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. Dr. Sidhu has also served as a consultant to the UN and its affiliate agencies, and to other intergovernmental agencies. In addition to his pedagogic experience, he regularly organizes and conducts track-two projects with institutions in the US, Europe, China, India, and Pakistan to facilitate a dialogue among young scholars on international peace and security issues. He is the author of multiple books, chapters, and articles dealing with defense and security issues. His latest publication is Shaping the Emerging World: India and the Multilateral Order.

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#CGAat15 Faculty Interview Series: Jennifer Trahan

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This year, The Center for Global Affairs (CGA) celebrates its 15th Anniversary. To mark this occasion, the Global Affairs Review (GAR) sat down with Professor Trahan, to discuss her CGA journey and experience. Professor Trahan is a Clinical Professor teaching International Law; Human Rights in Theory & Practice; International Justice; Transnational Justice; and U.S. Use of Force and the “Global War on Terror.” Professor Trahan also leads a global field intensive to The Hague, Bosnia, and Serbia, and one to Rwanda. She serves on numerous professional associations, including the Executive Board of the American Branch of the International Law Association and as its Co-Director of Studies, the Use of Force Committee of the International Law Association, and the Council of Advisers on the Application of the Rome Statute to Cyberwarfare. She has authored numerous publications, including “Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity: A Digest of the Case Law of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda” (HRW 2010), and “Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity: A Topical Digest of the Case Law of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia” (HRW 2006). Her latest book “Legal Limits to the Veto Power in the Face of Atrocity Crimes,” will be released in 2020 by Cambridge University Press.

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#CGAat15 Faculty Interview Series: Jens Rudbeck

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This year, The Center for Global Affairs (CGA) celebrates its 15th Anniversary. To mark this occasion, GAR sat down with Professor Rudbeck to discuss his tenure at the CGA and his current position as head of the International Development and Humanitarian Assistance Concentration. Professor Rudbeck earned an MS in development studies and a PhD in political science, focusing on democratization in sub-Saharan African. His research has focused on the interaction between social movements and the state. Professor Rudbeck currently teaches classes focusing on development, humanitarian assistance, food security, and social movements.

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#CGAat15 Faculty Interview Series: John Kane

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This year, The Center for Global Affairs (CGA) celebrates its 15th Anniversary. To mark this occasion, the Global Affairs Review (GAR) sat down with Professor John Kane, to discuss his CGA journey and experience. Professor Kane’s primary research interests include political psychology and behavior, and experimental research methodology. His research has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, including the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, Public Opinion Quarterly, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and Social Science Quarterly. He has taught undergraduate courses on human rights and global environmental politics, political ideology and foreign policy, as well as graduate courses covering research methods, statistics and data analysis.

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#CGAat15 Faculty Interview Series: Mary Beth Altier

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This year, The Center for Global Affairs (CGA) celebrates its 15th Anniversary. To mark this occasion, the Global Affairs Review (GAR) sat down with Professor Mary Beth Altier, to discuss her CGA journey and experience. Professor Altier is a Clinical Associate Professor teaching courses on Transnational Security, Transnational Terrorism, Security Sector Governance and the Rule of Law, and Analytic Skills. She also leads a Consulting Practicum with the U.S. State Department’s Global Engagement Center and recently led a Global Field Intensive to Belfast and London. In 2017, she received the NYU SPS Excellence in Teaching Award. Professor Altier’s research interests are in international security, foreign policy, political violence, and political behavior. Her recent work centers on the reasons why individuals support the use of political violence in developed and developing democracies as well as why they participate in acts of political violence, especially terrorism. Her current book project examines the conditions under which citizens vote for political parties associated with armed groups in developed and developing democracies and the strategies employed by armed groups and their associated parties to maximize electoral support.

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