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For Middle East Peace, More Heat Than Light

The prospects for peace between Israel and Pales­tine, and U.S. policy on the com­pli­cated issue, cap­tured the world’s atten­tion ear­lier this month, as Pres­i­dent Obama deliv­ered a major speech on the Middle East, fol­lowed by a day­long meeting between the pres­i­dent and Israeli Prime Min­ister Ben­jamin Netanyahu and Netanyahu’s sub­se­quent address to Con­gress. Kim­berly Jones,…
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Published On: May 27, 2011 | Tags: ,
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Partnering with UN to Fight Official Corruption

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity held a work­shop this week at which scholars and leaders from around the globe came together at the Egan Research Center to dis­cuss the devel­op­ment of a first-​​of-​​its-​​kind cur­riculum for courses on pre­venting cor­rup­tion in the public sphere, along with other courses. The three-​​day event, enti­tled the Inter­na­tional Work­shop on the Devel­op­ment of…
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Published On: May 23, 2011 | Tags: ,,
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Scandal Detracts from Serious International Business

Dominique Strauss-​​Kahn resigned last week as the head of the Inter­na­tional Mon­e­tary Fund (IMF) amid alle­ga­tions of sexual assault in New York City — leading to larger ques­tions of how this will affect French pol­i­tics and finan­cial mat­ters across Europe. Natalie Bor­mann, a vis­iting assis­tant pro­fessor of polit­ical sci­ence at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, assesses the impli­ca­tions…
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Larger Issues in Debt-​​Limit Debate

On Monday, Trea­sury Sec­re­tary Tim­othy Gei­thner told Con­gress the U.S. has reached its debt ceiling — the limit on how much money the gov­ern­ment can borrow. Not only has raising this limit been at times a con­tentious polit­ical issue, it also raises larger issues related to the U.S. economy’s long-​​term health, says Kamran Dad­khah, asso­ciate…
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Published On: May 18, 2011 | Tags: ,
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Analyzing the Impact of Co-Op

While on co-op, Northeastern economics major Georgiy Kupovykh earned significant real-world experience collecting and analyzing data for Brightcove, a company that produces an online video platform. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkBTli1GuDI – Courtesy of Northeastern News

Published On: May 14, 2011 | Tags: ,
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Using Hip-​​Hop to Promote Peace

From the Sug­arhill Gang to Sean “Diddy” Coombs, hip-​​hop has not only influ­enced fashion and cul­ture throughout the world, but may even have the power to ease decades of social con­flict, says recent North­eastern Uni­ver­sity alumna Karin Heim, AMD’11. In the paper, “Beats Not Bombs: Hip-​​Hop to Create Peace in the Israeli-​​Palestinian Con­flict,” Heim inves­ti­gates how…
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Published On: May 11, 2011 | Tags: ,,
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Embrace Risk, Take Responsibility, and Change the World

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity cel­e­brated its 109th com­mence­ment on Friday May 6th at TD Garden in Boston, with the pomp and cir­cum­stance enlivened by cheers and shout-​​outs, booming music, flying beach balls and emo­tional embraces. Throughout the event, speakers lauded the Class of 2011 for its col­lec­tive aca­d­emic achieve­ments and unique global expe­ri­ences, and chal­lenged seniors to…
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Published On: May 5, 2011 | Tags: ,,
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As Precious Metals Grow More Precious

The value of silver soared to an all-​​time high last Thursday, and plunged dra­mat­i­cally yes­terday, illus­trating the con­stant volatility of the precious-​​metals market, which includes lus­trous com­modi­ties like gold, silver and plat­inum. Here, Kamran Dad­khah, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of econo­met­rics and macro­eco­nomics at North­eastern, who has studied the value of silver and gold in the…
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Published On: May 3, 2011 | Tags: ,
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In Ghana, are New Resources a Blessing or Curse?

Kwamina Pan­ford, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of African Amer­ican Studies at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, wants to know whether the African nation of Ghana will fall victim to the Resource Curse. That is the phrase social sci­en­tists use when coun­tries plen­tiful in nat­ural resources mis­manage those resources, often resulting in unbri­dled con­flict and cor­rup­tion. Pan­ford has been awarded…
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Overseas, Reaction to Bin Laden’s Death Muted

On Sunday night, thou­sands of Amer­i­cans turned out in the streets of Boston, New York, Wash­ington, D.C. and other cities to cel­e­brate the death of Osama bin Laden, the mas­ter­mind behind the Sept. 11 ter­rorist attacks. But the joyous crowds and around-​​the-​​clock news cov­erage were largely con­fined to the United States, according to North­eastern stu­dents on…
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Published On: May 2, 2011 | Tags: ,,
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