Politics

Mukhopadhyay with former mujahideen commanders and others in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, in 2008.

Dipali Mukhopadhyay was a 24-year-old graduate student interested in the role of warlords in developing nations when she first went to Afghanistan in 2004, working for the Aga Khan Development Network in Baharak, a small mountain town near the border with Pakistan, China and Tajikistan.

In the 20 years since David Dinkins left office, the former New York City mayor has stayed busy as a professor of public affairs at Columbia, running his annual Leadership and Public Policy Forum on campus, and serving on philanthropic boards.

Who’s on the Ballot, a new website that explains just that, was born out of a friendly conversation between SIPA Professor Ester Fuchs and her former student, William von Mueffling (CC’90, BUS’95).

The role of technology in the Arab Spring and the Boston bombings, repression in North Korea, and privacy in the Internet age were just some of the topics Eric Schmidt, executive chairman and former CEO of Google, and Jared Cohen, director of Google’s in-house think tank, Google Ideas, dis

In more than three decades as editor and publisher of "The Nation," Victor Navasky witnessed a staff uprising just once.

In his new book, The Art of Controversy: Political Cartoons and Their Enduring Power, Journalism School Professor Victor Navasky examines influential political cartoonists from the 18th century to the present.

When democracy comes to Cuba, there will be a monument to the digital memory stick, said Yoani Sánchez, holding up her own red thumb drive.

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Then-Senator Barack Obama at the ServiceNation Presidential Candidates Forum, held on Sept. 11, 2008. Image credit: Eileen Barroso/Columbia University

President Barack Obama (CC'83), the first Columbia graduate to be elected president of the United States, was sworn in for a second term.

Former Solicitor General Charles Fried (Law’60) is the Stephen and Barbara Friedman Visiting Professor of Law. Image credit: Bruce Gilbert

When Charles Fried was a student at Columbia Law School in the late 1950s, he took three classes with Herbert Wechsler, a legendary constitutional law professor whose achievements included developing the legal framework for the Nuremberg trials and helping design a model penal code that up

Nathaniel Persily
Charles Beekman Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science

Q. This election cycle has seen a great deal of controversy over voter identification laws. How significant are they in the election process?

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