The Brown Journal of World Affairs

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 2, Spring/Summer

Afghan Poppy Production for the World: Dynamics and Entanglements
In 2017, global opium production peaked at more than 10,000 tons. Ninety percent of that opium originated in Afghanistan-a record production level for that country-making Afghanistan the world's leading opium producer, according to the United Nations...
A Multicultural Nationalism?
Today's "new nationalism" marks merely the latest iteration of yesterday's old nationalism.1 I refer here to the majoritarian nationalism that seems to be the rising or dominant politics in many parts of the world today-Russia, China, India, the United...
Cartographic Conceptions for the Twenty-First Century
An Interview with Ethan Franzblau, Lucas Fried, and Rakhi KundraProvidence, RI, 19 November 2018Parag Khanna is a leading global strategic advisor, world traveler, and best-selling author. He is the founder & managing partner of FutureMap, a data...
Leadership and Policy-Making: Lessons from the U.S. Government
On 6 April 1994, the airplane carrying the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi was shot out of the sky over Kigali, Rwanda. Within hours of the crash, Rwanda's fragile power-sharing agreement negotiated in the 1993 Arusha Peace Accords became history. Fighting...
Lessons from a Life in Rwandan Politics
An Interview with Adam Stein and Caroline AllenProvidence, RI, 14 February 2019Theogene Rudasingwa is former Ambassador of Rwanda to the United States. He previously held positions of secretary-general of the ruling party, the Rwandan Patriotic Front...
Maps of War and Peace: Rethinking Geography in International Affairs
IN HIS MEMOIRS OF HIS final years as one of the United States' most prominent foreign policy decision-makers, Henry Kissinger offers an anecdote involving President Nixon and the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Seewoosagur Ramgoolam. As part of the celebration...
Oral History and the Rwandan Genocide
An Interview with Olivia HinchProvidence, RI, 6 March 2019Erin Jessee is Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Research Fellow in History at the University of Glasgow. She has over a decade of experience conducting oral historical and ethnographic fieldwork in conflict-affected...
Paradigms for U.S. Drug Policy
An Interview with Olivia Siemens and Connor SullivanProvidence, RI, 11 February 2019Described by Rolling Stone as "thepoint man" for drug policy reform efforts and "the real drug czar, " Ethan Nadelmann has played a leading role in drug policy reform...
Perils and Promise in the Modern Media Industry
An Interview with Laila Rodenbeck, Richard Huang, and Connor SullivanProvidence, RI, 12 November 2018Jonathan Klein '80 leads media companies into new frontiers of journalism, storytelling, and technology. He is president of Vilynx, an artificial intelligence...
Populism and the War on Drugs in Southeast Asia
RODRIGO DUTERTE PROMISED IN HIS campaign for the Philippine presidency that he would dump the corpses of the country's drug dealers and addicts into Manilla Bay and "fatten all the fish there."1 He boasted of pushing criminals out of helicopters. He...
The Cartographic Constitution of International Politics
OUR CURRENT SYSTEM OF INTERNATIONAL politics is built on a cartographic reality of space. The legal attachment of sovereignty to territory requires a particular cartographic representation of space. By this I mean that our system of states- being territorially...
The Modern Political Map of Our Ocean Planet
ON LAND, THE POLITICAL MAP of the world has been relatively stable since the end ofWorld War II: with some significant exceptions, most countries are, spatially, as they were in 1945 or shortly thereafter.1 Land borders are mostly set, and the major...
The Politics of Maps: Mapping the West Bank Barrier
MAPS, SCIENCE, AND POLITICS: AN INTRODUCTIONMaps and mapmaking have traditionally enjoyed the prestige of privileged and objective sources of knowledge.1 Within the geographic community and the public at large, it was assumed that the natural world was...
The Straw Men Reigniting an "International War on Drugs": A Case for Multilateralism
IN DRUG POLICY, THE PROBLEMS are never far from the headlines. From opioid overdoses and violence in the Americas to growing tramadol abuse in Africa and methamphetamine trade in Asia, drug threats to health, development, safety, and security are proliferating....
Toward the End of the Global War on Drugs
EVIDENCE INDICATES THAT THE "war on drugs" has failed to achieve its stated objectives of eliminating or reducing the production, consumption, and trafficking of illegal drugs. In 2016, an estimated 275 million people used drugs globally, and the value...
Undercover Journalism in North Korea
An Interview with Laila RodenbeckProvidence, RI, 02 February 2019Suki Kim is author of the New York Times bestseller Without You, There Is No Us: Undercover Among the Sons of North Korean Elite. She is the only writer ever to have lived undercover in...
Unsettled Memory: Genocide Memorial Sites in Rwanda
In March 2012, the errant roots of a nearby tree broke through one of the mass graves at the top of the Bisesero memorial, a remote site in the western province where Rwandans have laid to rest approximately 50,000 victims of the 1994 genocide.1 With...
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