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  • Ruling Party's Grip on Parliament Could Trigger Violence, Opposition Warns
    December 1, 2010

    “The whole thing is an ugly joke. It is a travesty of what elections are supposed to be. There was no resemblance of free and fair elections.”

    Samer Shehata, assistant professor of Arabic politics at the School of Foreign Service, after the first round of the Egypt’s parliamentary elections delivered a victory to President Hosni Mubarak's ruling National Democratic Party.

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    Source: Al Masry Al Youm

  • Women Crowd Egypt's Ballot
    November 28, 2010

    "Unfortunately, that is (a) certainty of Egyptian elections — death and violence and blood."

    Samer Shehata, assistant professor in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, on the violence surrounding Egyptian elections.

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    Source: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

  • Knives, Bribes and Apathy in Egypt's Election
    November 26, 2010
    "People, especially those at lower levels of [the] socio-economic ladder, look to MPs for jobs, help with housing and medical services and help with government bureaucracy." Samer Shehata, assistant professor in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, on the Egyptian elections and what is expected from Members of Parliament.
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    Source: The Huffington Post

  • Debt Crisis Highlights I.M.F.’s Renewed Role
    November 26, 2010

    “It’s not so much that they need the I.M.F.’s money, but that they need the I.M.F.’s mechanism for being able to monitor policy reforms."

    James Raymond Vreeland, associate professor of international relations, on Ireland's need for the International Monetary Fund to intervene in the country's financial crisis.

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    Source: The New York Times

  • Korean Crisis Stems from Domestic Discord, Experts Say
    November 24, 2010
    “I think this aggressive and irresponsible behaviour is related to crises of food security, because they’re afraid of an internal coup. It’s about redirecting the attention of the military away from themselves, and having those guns pointed toward the South.” Andrew Natsios, distinguished professor in the practice of diplomacy, on possible motives of the attack by North Korea.
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    Source: The Star (Toronto, Canada)

  • Analysis: N.Korea Pulls U.S. Back to a 'Land of Lousy Options'
    November 23, 2010
    "North Korea was described to me as the land of lousy options. You're never choosing between good and bad options. You're choosing between bad, worse and the worst," he said." Victor Cha, director of Asian studies and the D.S. Song-Korea Foundation Chair in Asian Studies and Government, on how the situation in North Korea hasn't changed since he was in the Bush administration.
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    Source: Reuters (UK)

  • Will North Korea's Pattern of Provocation, Concession Continue After Shellings?
    November 23, 2010
    "I think the United States and South Korea, when you talk about any potential military response, this is the most militarized border in the entire world. And both militaries – all three militaries are on a hair-trigger response. So, any military reaction, you have to be concerned about the potential for escalation." Victor Cha, director of Asian studies and the D.S. Song-Korea Foundation Chair in Asian Studies and Government, on the latest provocation by North Korea.
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    Source: PBS Newshour

  • TSA Scrambles to Combat the Outcry Over Body Scanning
    November 23, 2010
    "We seem to react to each previous incident by grafting on more security. That's been a pattern since 9/11. With this particular iteration, for some Americans it's just become a question of, Where does it end?" Bruce Hoffman, professor of security studies, on airport security and the new full-body scanners.
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    Source: Time

  • North Korea Reveals Stunning Nuclear Advance
    November 21, 2010
    "One motive might be that North Korea likes to use provocation as a way to coerce the United States and the world into negotiations and even into giving things that they want, including food, fuel and recognition by the outside world." Victor Cha, director of Asian studies and the D.S. Song-Korea Foundation Chair in Asian Studies and Government, on North Korea's recent nuclear progress.
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    Source: ABC News

  • Defections on Rise in North Korea
    November 16, 2010
    "[North Korea] is not a system that produces good leaders. There are lots of vested interest among the ruling elite and anyone trying to change that would be in big trouble." Victor Cha, director of Asian studies and the D.S. Song-Korea Foundation Chair in Asian Studies and Government, on why a new leader is not likely to change the situation in North Korea.
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    Source: USA Today

  • 'Superstar' Candidate Takes on Egypt's Ruling Elite
    November 14, 2010
    "[Gameela Ismail] is a vocal critic of the regime, but she is not like the Muslim Brotherhood." Samer Shehata, assistant professor in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, comparing Gameela Ismail's independent candidacy for parliament in Egypt to the mission of the country's largest opposition party.
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    Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

  • India's Business Leaders Applaud Progress on Higher Education
    November 11, 2010
    "U.S.-India, like President [Obama] said, will be the most important partnership." John J. DeGioia, President of Georgetown University, in a speech to the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry higher-education summit in New Delhi.
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    Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • Peace in Sudan’s reach
    November 9, 2010
    "The dusty capital of southern Sudan has enjoyed an economic boom over the past five years, with population surging, newly paved roads crowded with traffic, new government ministries, new hotels and new electric lines rising up amid continuing poverty and underdevelopment in rural areas. But all this would be in danger if the Sudanese government in Khartoum does not allow this region to secede peacefully and become the world’s newest nation next year." Victor Cha, director of Asian studies and the D.S. Song-Korea Foundation Chair in Asian Studies and Government, co-wrote an op-ed on peace in the Sudan.
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    Source: The Boston Globe

  • Mayans Converted Wetlands to Farmland
    November 5, 2010

    "The work shows that this intensive agriculture is more complicated and on a par with these other areas of intellectual development."

    Timothy Beach, Cinco Hermanos Chair in Environment and International Affairs in the School of Foreign Service, on his researching showing the Mayans were as sophisticated in agriculture as they were in building pyramids, and using sophisticated math and advanced written language.

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    Source: Nature News

  • After Bruising Election, Obama Heads to Asia
    November 5, 2010
    “Much of Asia was watching what happened in these elections and there is already concern about America turning inward and being distracted by two wars and a financial crisis. So there will be a lot of attention to these elections and I’m sure it will be one of the key questions he gets asked by the other leaders.” Victor Cha, director of Asian studies and the D.S. Song-Korea Foundation Chair in Asian Studies and Government, on President Obama's trip to Asia following the midterm elections.
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    Source: National Journal

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