As another academic year ends at the Elliott School, so too does International Affairs Review’s 20th year in print. Over two decades, IAR has adhered to a tradition of publishing insightful and forward-looking academic research and analysis on international relations. With this volume, IAR hopes to honor the tradition established by a group of students and faculty 20 years ago in 1991. This spring’s articles cover a range of issues from the oft-discussed to the oft-forgotten, but each provides a unique perspective with broader implications for the field of international affairs.
After a year of protest and violent rebellion in the Middle East, Matthew Guttentag takes a deeper look at how intrastate conflict erupts through the lens of Libya in Greed, Grievance, and Gaddafi. Two years following the Haiti earthquake disaster, Hollyn Hammond examines programs to prevent violence against women in the context of crisis in Combating Gender-Based Violence in Haiti’s Displacement Camps.
Then, Ariel Jahner’s Saudi Arabia and Iran examines the dynamic relationship between two powers in the Middle East. While US presidential hopefuls talk about energy security, Alison Terry takes a larger perspective to examine the prospects for the continent in Policy and Practice in North American Energy Security.
Luke Herman traces the evolution of reform in the central committees of China and Vietnam providing a novel comparison in Diverging Reform in Elite Communist Political Institutions. Mickey Kupecz closes this edition with an examination of an ethnic separatist movement in Pakistan’s Baloch Insurgency.