“What is the future of the religious party? In this issue of the SAIS Review of International Affairs, a myriad group of authors probe this question in its multiple facets, considering the perspectives of many religions, cultures, and regions.” For instance, there are attempts to reconcile the causes behind the weakening of Christian Democratic parties in Europe with the rise of religious based parties in Turkey, India, Russia and elsewhere. Clearly, religion and politics are still intertwined in many parts of the world in the 21st century.
In this article, Dr. Michael F. Duggan traces the roots of the present conflict on the Korean Peninsula to its origins during the Korean War. After a discussion on the causes and the course of the war, he then discusses the implications of a North Korea with nuclear weapons as well. He then discusses the reasons why North Korea would seek to develop a nuclear bomb in the first place. Dr. Duggan then closes by proposing ways that the US and China could work together to avert a potential nuclear war on the peninsula.
Dr. Gerald E. Galloway, from the University of Maryland, gave a speech at SAIS about why the effects of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria were so damaging to the United States. He then linked the effects of the disasters to the necessity of proper development in order to avert future disasters. He concluded by recommending that Congress re-brand climate change as a national security concern in order to improve climate change’s position in the national discourse.
In this article, Mohsin Amin and Elnaz Hassanpour Adeh from Oregon State University tackle the issue of water scarcity in Afghanistan and its implications for the stability of the country. After discussing the recent myriad problems facing the water infrastructure system in Kabul, they propose several engineering and policy solutions such as the construction of the Shah-Arus Dam and the creation of the Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) that will ameliorate the situation.
Dr. John Olushola Magbadelo, Director for Research at the Centre for African & Asian Studies (Abuja, Nigeria), reviews “The Political Economy of Sustainable Development: Policy Instruments and Market Mechanisms” by Timothy Cadman, et al.
Tenzin Norgary, a Senior Fellow at the Tibet Policy Institute, reviews Sulmaan Wasif Khan’s recent book “Muslim, Trader, Nomad, Spy: China’s Cold War and the People of the Tibetan Borderlands.”
What’s wrong with big data? Is its use causing more mistakes? Professor Mark White discusses the negative implications of the newest trend in research with SAIS Review Assistant Editor Kyle Johnson.
SAIS alumnus Yaniv Barzilai, a foreign service officer at the United States Department of State, discusses his recent book, 102 Days of War – How Osama bin Laden, al Qaeda & the Taliban Survived 2001.
On December 9th, the SAIS Review welcomed Caitlyn Antrim, James Bridger, and William Komiss for the “Uncharted Waters: Maritime Security and Resource Challenges” panel in Rome Auditorium.
Vanda Felbab-Brown, senior fellow at the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at the Brookings Institution, discusses her research on piracy, enforcement and illegal fishing with Assistant Editor Bartholomew Thanhauser.