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Understanding ‘Replacement Theory’

Stephen Menendian, assistant director, Othering & Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley | July 26, 2022

Most Americans probably encountered the insidious notion of “replacement theory” for the first time in the wake of the horrific mass murder of 10 African Americans in Buffalo, New York in May. The shooter targeted a Black neighborhood for reasons detailed in a crude 180-page “manifesto” posted online shortly before his attack, which emphasized a … Continue reading »

After Roe: Governing Abortion through Crime?

Jonathan Simon, professor of law | June 27, 2022

Jonathan Simon and Sarah DiMagno Last week’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision, the overturning of Roe v. Wade (1973) and Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992), on June 24, 2022, is a stunning result notwithstanding the unusual warning it was coming (in the March leak). It is hard to think of another Supreme Court … Continue reading »

Overturning Roe: The Supreme(ly Colonial) Court

Nazune Menka, JD, Environmental Law Clinic Attorney at Berkeley Law | June 26, 2022

  The United States Supreme Court’s history and jurisprudence is rooted in a colonial violence, Indigenous land dispossession, genocide, and slavery, but we are still surprised when, in 2022,  it determines a woman no longer has a constitutional right to bodily autonomy. Why? I turned this question inward and now share my thoughts about it … Continue reading »

For the Jan. 6 hearings, let’s salute the courage of Congresswoman Liz Cheney

Robert Reich, professor of public policy | June 8, 2022

To a large degree, the success of the hearings of the House Select Committee on the Jan. 6 insurrection will depend on the Wyoming Republican congresswoman and vice-chair of the committee, Liz Cheney. Although I have disagreed with almost every substantive position she has ever taken, I salute her courage and her patriotism. And I wish her success.

Turkey, the belligerent NATO member?

Cihan Tugal, professor, sociology | May 26, 2022

Turkey’s treatment of the Kurds is now center stage — but not because allies have woken up to the injustice of Kurds’ systematic oppression. Instead, it’s because Turkey is effectively threatening to block the admittance of Finland and Sweden to NATO unless they agree to crack down on Kurdish militants. For President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, seeing an opportunity to further cement his nationalist agenda, it’s a bold gambit. The tepid response from NATO allies so far suggests he might be successful.

Towards an Ethic of Friendship in Academic Research: A Reflection on Rwanda and Survivors of the Genocide Against the Tutsi

Noam Schimmel, Lecturer, International and Area Studies and Development Practice | April 21, 2022

Since the Rwandan genocide against the Tutsi and, in particular, since the mid-2000s, there has been a growing and considerable amount of academic research taking place in Rwanda by global researchers, particularly from Europe and North America. Few countries in Africa have achieved such academic research attention, and much of it pertains to the genocide … Continue reading »

What Caused the Rwandan Genocide against the Tutsi?

Noam Schimmel, Lecturer, International and Area Studies and Development Practice | April 20, 2022

As we commemorate the Rwandan genocide against the Tutsi—which took place 28 years ago in April of 1994—it is essential to reflect on the failures of many different individuals, organizations, and governments that enabled the genocide. We are commemorating the genocide because of the decisions with catastrophic consequences that U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Madeleine … Continue reading »

Personal Narrative in the Study of Ethics and International Affairs

Noam Schimmel, Lecturer, International and Area Studies and Development Practice | April 19, 2022

We must move beyond abstractions and theories and broad concepts in the study and practice of international affairs toward engagement with the individual and his or her narrative, and how the individual lives and experiences that vast world that encompasses “international affairs.” In so doing, we will care more and cultivate our empathy, we will … Continue reading »

Samuelson Clinic Report on Access to Broadband

Gabrielle Daley, Clinical Teaching Fellow | April 8, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic thrust nearly all of public and private life online, exacerbating the consequences for those on the wrong side of the digital divide. Some of those consequences — such as struggles to access employment, healthcare, and education — are more familiar than others. But the less obvious consequences are no less grave, as … Continue reading »

Russian Universities During and After Putin – The War in Ukraine is a Turning Point

John Aubrey Douglass, Senior Research Fellow and Research Professor - Public Policy and Higher Education, Center for Studies in Higher Education | March 31, 2022

The invasion and brutal attack by Russian forces on Ukraine has brought tremendous suffering to millions of Ukrainians, including those in higher education sector. Dozens of universities have been bombed, and hundreds of thousands of students and academics have fled their homes. Research and teaching have been disrupted almost everywhere across Ukraine. The global academic … Continue reading »

Erasing the Ukrainian Holocaust site of Babi Yar. Again

Rebecca Golbert, Executive Director, Helen Diller Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies | March 22, 2022

Babi Yar is the single most symbolic site of the Holocaust in Ukraine and across the former Soviet Union; it captures the predominant way in which the Germans and their allies massacred Jews on Soviet and Ukrainian soil, what priest and author Patrick Desbois has called “the Holocaust by bullets”.

We must offer Putin an offramp from his war in Ukraine ASAP

David Levine, professor of business administration | March 16, 2022

The risks of escalation between NATO and Russia—a nuclear superpower with a potentially unstable leader—are clear. It’s crucial that we negotiate with our foe, no matter how distasteful. We must give Russia an attractive path to leave Ukraine as soon as possible.

All the times Trump and Putin have proved me wrong

Robert Reich, professor of public policy | March 15, 2022

Putin and Trump have convinced me I was wrong about how far we had come in the 21st century. Technology, globalization, and modern systems of governance haven’t altered the ways of tyranny. But I, like millions of others around the world, have been inspired by the Ukrainian people — who are reteaching us lessons we once knew.

Putin’s Invasion: Imperialism after the epoch of Lenin and Wilson

Cihan Tugal, professor, sociology | March 6, 2022

We need to resist Putin’s invasion of Ukraine with all responsible tools at our disposal, and not only out of humanitarian concern for Ukrainians. Just like the American invasion of Iraq in 2003, the Russian invasion is both symptom and precipitator of a much more global (and fatally destructive) process. It is as historical a turning point as 2003, which in fact aggravates dynamics initiated by the latter.

The EU response to Ukrainian refugees is a model for handling mass aid efforts

Katerina Linos, professor of law | March 5, 2022

The EU’s Ukraine measures go much further than any generous initiatives in the recent past. The plan applies to all Ukrainians seeking protection, not just recognized refugees, and to their family members broadly defined. It also applies, on the same terms, to stateless persons and refugees from the Ukraine. Individual EU member states are also extending these protections to permanent residents of Ukraine.