Politics

David Phillips is a leader in global peace-building efforts.

David L. Phillips believes violent conflict is not inevitable. As director of Columbia’s Program on Peace-building and Rights, Phillips’s office is on the Morningside campus, but his real work takes place in trouble spots across the globe.

Timothy Frye Image credit: Eileen Barroso/Columbia University

In the late 1980s, Timothy Frye, a recent Middlebury College graduate with a B.A. in Russian language and literature, went for the first time to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, where Mikhail Gorbachev had just come to power.

North Korea expert Charles Armstrong. Image credit: Eileen Barroso/Columbia University

Fourteen years ago, North Korea’s calendar was changed so that time officially began in 1912—the birth year of Kim Il Sung, who ruled the communist nation from its founding in 1948.

STATE LEGISLATURE FAILED TO REACH AGREEMENT; STATE SUPREME COURT HAS NEW DEADLINE OF FEB.

Tom Edsall

Tom Edsall has covered every presidential campaign since 1968. He has reported on politics from more than 30 states and written five books on the subject.

Timothy Mitchell. Image credit: Bruce Gilbert

Two fossil fuels powered the rise of the modern industrial state. But only one—the hard, chunky rock extracted from the ground by legions of coal workers—has been a force for the development of democracy.

Professor Nathaniel Persily’s new course on redistricting endeavors to train students in the complicated, nuanced, and exceedingly complex practice of drawing nonpartisan congressional district lines.

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