By Justin Tomczyk

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For 45 days Armenia and Azerbaijan fought over the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. A fragile ceasefire negotiated with Russian mediation on October 9th collapsed almost instantly. A second bilateral “humanitarian ceasefire” established on October 17th lasted only a handful of hours. Even mediation of a third ceasefire by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo failed to secure more than a few minutes of pause in the fighting. For the duration of the conflict, the cities of Stepanakert and Shushi in the Republic of Artsakh were targets of the Azerbaijani military…


By Elena Crespo and Kyle Smith

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On the eve of President Biden’s inauguration, his Secretary of State nominee, Antony Blinken, sat before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. His nomination hearing traversed the globe but wedged between questions on a resurgent Russia and a competing China, were many queries on the incoming administration’s policies towards Yemen. The Trump administration’s midnight decision to declare the Yemeni Houthi rebels a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) only worsens an already dire situation in a country where a grotesque civil war and severe humanitarian crisis continue unabated…


By Samantha Lee

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When Barack Obama first won the presidency in 2008, the world celebrated a truly historic achievement: the election of the first African American President of the United States. I remember watching it from my home back in Singapore, and marveling at the moment. By the fact of its sheer size and influence on the global economy, international politics and academia, the U.S. draws the attention and curiosity of people around the world. Even in Singapore, the average person takes a far greater interest in America’s history and politics…


By Daniel Gajardo

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On October 25th, Chileans overwhelmingly decided to rewrite their constitution. In spite of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the referendum was marked by a historic record-high voter turnout in absolute terms, with nearly 7.6 million Chileans going to the polls. The “Approve” option received 78% of the votes, favoring the start of a process to reconstruct the country’s Magna Carta. In a world where political polarization has become mainstream, the results signal a hopeful indication of unity in the Chilean people when it comes to demanding change and putting…


Failing to act now will only cost us more down the line.

By Angela Ortega Pastor

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On the morning of September 9, San Francisco residents woke to a burnt orange haze that blanketed the Bay Area overnight, blocking the sun and shrouding normally blue skies. Photographs depicted a scene of utter dystopia, and news reports described the phenomenon as “a scene from Mars.” Far from the Red Planet, Bay Area residents were in fact living on a distorted planet Earth.

California’s wildfires cast an eerie glow over the Bay Area on September 9, 2020. Photo: Ankita Banerjea.

Poor air quality and extreme heat continued to cast a pall over the Pacific Coast for days. Those lucky enough to be able…


Stanford International Policy Review (SIPR) is excited to announce the launch of SIPR Forum, the digital companion to our biannual academic print journal. SIPR Forum welcomes submissions by graduate students, researchers, academics, and professionals from all U.S. and global institutions of higher learning.

SIPR Forum seeks to elevate timely and thoughtful insights on international affairs and public policy, from both students and experts. The Forum is a space to share perspectives, exchange ideas, and connect to broad audiences within and beyond the Stanford community. Submissions will be accepted in a range of styles, including but not limited to short articles…

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