At War With São Paulo’s Establishment, Black Paint in Hand

In São Paulo, a long history of socioeconomic rifts has spilled into the streets in the form of protest graffiti.  As members of the lower class take up black paint to express their anger against the towering inequalities so common to Brazil, the foreign art world has developed a keen interest in the budding practice.  Those...

The Population of Chinese Cities? Almost 700 Million.

  Over half of China's population is now urban, not rural: Demographers had seen this moment coming. The 2010 census showed the differential between town and country to be within a mere few tenths of a percentage point. And yet it is still a remarkable turnaround. In 1980 fewer than a fifth of Chinese lived in cities, a smaller urban...

“I love the city, but am ashamed of its condition”

  Kolkata, a former industrial powerhouse, is struggling to keep pace in India's modernizing economy. According to The Economist: [N]o one disputes that West Bengal has suffered deindustrialisation on a par with the likes of Detroit. According to the central bank, the state accounted for a quarter of India’s industrial capital stock...

When Paris Became . . . Paris

  Robert Zaretsky reflects on 160 years of urban renewal: This year marks the 160th anniversary of the event that transformed Paris into the city that frames so many of this year’s Oscar nominees. It was in 1852 that President Louis Napoleon Bonaparte, fired by the memories and myth of his uncle’s earlier...

A New Eco-City, 100 Miles from Beijing?

  The plans for a new 30-square-kilometer city in Tianjin: As China rapidly modernises, there is need to create a sustainable city model as increasing rural-urban migration places pressures and demands on overtaxed and crowded existing cities. Situated 45 kilometres from Tianjin City and 150 kilometres from the Chinese capital of...

Urban Renewal in Ecuador

Ecuador's largest city, Guayaquil, has been transformed by a dramatic redevelopment effort: In 1992, the city made a serious attempt to address its problems and reverse its negative momentum. A reorganized municipal government emphasized civic campaigns designed to increase residential connection with the city. A partnership of public and...

Saddam Hussein's Ba'th Party: Inside an Authoritarian Regime

  Saddam Hussein's Ba'th Party: Inside an Authoritarian Regime   A Lecture by Joseph Sassoon  Moderated by Timothy Mitchell  Time: 12:30-2PM  Location: Knox Hall, Room 208 ~ 606 West 122nd Street, New York, NY  The Ba`th came to power in Iraq in 1968 and remained there for thirty-five years until the 2003 US-led...

Apply to Join the 2012-13 Editorial Board

   Application to the 2012–13 Editorial Board of the  Journal of International Affairs    Thank you for your interest in joining the 2012–13 Editorial Board of the Journal of International Affairs. Since 1947, the Journal has been SIPA’s flagship academic publication, giving...

Thought Leadership Forum on Authoritarian States

  The Journal of International Affairs hosted a Thought Leadership Forum on Authoritarian States to mark the launch of the fall/winter 2011 issue, “Inside the Authoritarian State,” an in-depth examination of the mechanics of authoritarian regimes and the roles these states play on the world stage. The Forum is the Journal’s signature event; it...

Call for GPPN Essays

Global Public Policy Network (GPPN) Essay Contest  The Journal of International Affairs is seeking student submissions for its semiannual GPPN Essay Contest. The author of the winning article will receive a $500 prize along with publication alongside noted scholars in the sixty-fifth anniversary edition of the Journal, one of the oldest and...

Call for Cordier Essays

 The Andrew Wellington Cordier Essay Contest    The Journal of International Affairs is seeking student submissions for its semiannual Cordier Essay Contest. The author of the winning article will receive a $500 prize along with publication alongside noted scholars in the sixty-fifth anniversary edition of the Journal, one of the...

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