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Mark Mazower

Professor Mark Mazower, founding director of Columbia's Institute for Ideas and Imagination.

What knowledge is most important now? How can we best pursue it? Is the university’s intellectual structure properly aligned with this endeavor?

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. President Donald Trump has threatened to “totally destroy” the country if it moves against the U.S. or its allies.

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.

In his 2014 book, Maximalist: America in the World from Truman to Obama, Stephen Sestanovich argued that since World War II U.S. policy makers have alternated between overdoing it and “underdoing” it.
Christopher Sabatini
Christopher Sabatini has worked on and in Cuba since 1997 and consulted with White House advisors on policy change toward Cuba.
Lorna Hale
When Lorna Hale was in seventh grade, she and her parents decided that she wouldn’t go to the local school in Bremond, Texas, population 918, where they had their family farm and Hale did livestock exhibition, training animals to pose and walk in front of judges.
Majed Abdulsamad

Photo by Chris Chiou

When Majed Abdulsamad earns his degree this month from Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, he will fulfill a lifelong plan—although not in Syria, where he grew up.

It won’t be the usual state visit when Xi Jinping, president of the People’s Republic of China, arrives for a visit with President Donald Trump on April 6.

Richard Betts

Richard K. Betts, the Arnold A. Saltzman Professor of War and Peace Studies in the political science department, is widely known as an expert on U.S. foreign relations and national security.

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