James Robinson on Venezuelan Institutions

Institute Director James Robinson talks with Contrafactual sobre Venezuela about Venezuela's institutions and the factors that gave rise to Chavismo and the country's situation today.

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Foreign Affairs


The Future of Democracy in South Asia: Why Citizens Must Stay Vigilant

On November 14, a fight broke out in the Sri Lankan Parliament. When the Speaker tried to call a vote, a group of MPs heckled him and rushed the podium. A rival faction tried to push the hecklers back. Men traded punches. One brandished a knife. A lawmaker cut himself trying to steal the Speaker’s microphone and ended up in the hospital.

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Inside Higher Ed


‘Why Didn’t I Get an A?’

Chris Blattman, Ramalee E. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies at the University of Chicago, has policy-like statements about his approach to Ph.D. advising and whether or not he’ll write you a letter of recommendation and more on his impeccably organized website. But he said Wednesday that he’d never received guidance from any department he’s taught in on handling regrade requests.

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Sunni Fighters Gather in Formation.

MAKHMOUR, IRAQ - NOVEMBER 19, 2015: Sunni fighters opposing the Islamic State gather in formation along the front line near the IS-controlled village of Haj Ali in the southern Mosul countryside.


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