Politics

Jeffrey Lax is a political scientist whose specialties are judicial politics, specifically at the U.S. Supreme Court, and the influence of public opinion on public policy.
Jan Svejnar Political Economy Columbia University

Photo by Bruce Gilbert

Jan Svejnar was born in Czechoslovakia when it was still in the grip of a totalitarian Communist regime. Certain things worked well, such as rebuilding the country from the devastation of World War II, yet there was very little freedom.
Adam Tooze Columbia University European History
The migration crisis, the specter of terrorism, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s brinksmanship, pressures on the European Union and financial turmoil in Greece are among the threats that have reverberated around the world.
Cybersecurity Experts Columbia University

From left to right: Senior Research Scholar Jason Healey , Computer Scientist Steven Bellovin, and Law Professor Matthew Waxman.

Police say the terrorists who killed 130 people in coordinated attacks in Paris in November used cell phones to communicate. And the couple who attacked a holiday party in San Bernardino, Calif., killing 14, may have discussed jihad and martyrdom online.

David Dinkins Archives Columbia University

Photo by Michael Dames

The life and career of New York’s first African American mayor, David N. Dinkins, is one for the history books. Now, there will be no better place than Columbia for scholars looking to write them.

As the Islamic State continues its attacks in Iraq, Syria and now France, Columbia News asked professors from a number of disciplines to evaluate the threats posed by the group. 

Marcos Troyjo Brazil Economy Columbia University
At the turn of the century, an economist coined the acronym BRIC to refer to the rising fortunes of the developing nations Brazil, Russia, India and China. At that time, Brazil’s nominal GDP expanded to qualify the Latin American country as one...
Maria Victoria Murillo SIPA Argentina Elections Columbia University

Argentinians went to the polls on October 25 to elect a new president, but neither candidate received enough votes to win outright.

Michael Doyle Columbia University International Affairs

Michael Doyle vividly recalls his first experience with international migration. One evening in 1956 his father, a diplomat then working at the American embassy in Paris, arrived home followed by a bus filled with Hungarians.

Peacebuilding Congo Severine Autesserre Columbia University Political Science

Séverine Autesserre seen here conducting field research on international peacebuilding in Congo. Photo by Philippe Rosen.

The 20-year conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed an estimated 5.4 million people since the 1990s—making it the deadliest since World War II—and armed attacks by different groups occur every week.

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