Politics

Lee Bollinger
Today, Columbia provides a multidisciplinary platform for teaching, research and advocacy on the fundamental challenges facing a free press in a digital age.
Jemima Mendoza in a t-shirt in front of a river
Kenneth Prewitt

Are you a citizen of the United States? If the eight words in that question are added to the 2020 census, as the Trump administration has proposed, they will have profound consequences over the next decade.

archival photo of Zbigniew Brzezinski sitting in front of a world map

Portrait of Zbigniew Brzezinski circa 1960. Photo Courtesy of Columbia University Archives

Zbigniew Brzezinski, who died last May at age 89, taught at the School of International and Public Affairs for nearly 30 years.
Timothy Frye in front of a map of Russia
On March 18, Russians voted for president. The way that Vladimir Putin won the election will play a role in shaping Russia’s future.
Steve Coll with his elbows on a desk talking to people across from him.

Photo by Piotr Redlinski

In addition to his day job as dean of Columbia Journalism School, Steve Coll is a writer for The New Yorker and the author of five books.

Richard Nephew in a light blue button-down shirt and purple tie

The Iran nuclear deal is safe-for now. On Jan. 12, the Trump Administration continued the waiver of sanctions that, if imposed, could have killed the agreement.

Propaganda for Lenin during the Russian Revolution

"Our Lenin" illustrated by William Siegel. Image Courtesy of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library

The Rare Book and Manuscript Library is marking the centennial with an exhibition intended to both convey the dramatic events of 1917 and to show their continued relevance.
Charles Armstrong stands in front of a statue in North Korea.

Photo Courtesy of Charles Armstrong

North Korea has accelerated its weapons-testing program, which includes intercontinental ballistic missiles that have the potential to reach U.S. territory.
Safwan Masri in a navy blue jacket, tie and white shirt.

In 2011, Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution inspired the Arab Spring, a wave of protest movements across the Middle East and North Africa that held the promise of a new political future for the region.

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