The New Nuclear Madman

Sixty years ago, Bert the cartoon turtle was a familiar figure to students in classrooms across the country. Bert reminded students about the importance of “duck and cover” in the event of a nuclear strike. His omnipresence was but one symbol of America’s nuclear obsession. From the mass construction of personal bomb shelters to dissemination … Read more

On the Politics of Disease: Interview with Dr. Muhamed Almaliky

Associate physician in the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Dr. Muhamed H. Almaliky is also director of the Iraqi American Institute, a non-profit organization based in Boston that conducts policy research regarding Iraq. In addition, as a member of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs Associates, he has chaired study groups on the politics of disease, … Read more

Why People Love Trump: A Case Study of Milo Yiannopoulos

Today’s college students can tolerate anything except the outgroup. Writers have argued that many students are coddled, disrespectfully smug, and even prejudiced against conservatives. The HPR’s own writers have weighed in on debates about oversensitivity and free speech on college campuses. However, discussions about tolerance, free speech, and engagement can often feel abstract and intangible. … Read more

Doomsday on Bloomsday

On June 16, literary elitists like myself pay homage to Leopold Bloom, the hero of James Joyce’s modernist epic Ulysses. Last year, Donald Trump inadvertently commemorated Bloomsday in the most fitting way possible. Declaring his presidential candidacy on June 16, 2015, the Donald infamously proclaimed that immigrants from Mexico were “bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. … Read more

After Autocracy: Challenges to Tunisian Democracy

“For its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011.” It is with this rationale in mind that the Norwegian Nobel Committee bestowed its 2015 Peace Prize upon the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, a coalition crucial to the drafting of the country’s democracy … Read more

Last Internationalist Standing: Hillary Clinton and the American Foreign Policy Tradition

In a packed warehouse in Brooklyn on Tuesday, June 7, Hillary Clinton addressed a cheering crowd as the first female presumptive nominee of an American national political party. Clinton’s victory is a historic milestone for the United States, and has rightly been hailed as such. However, Clinton’s position as a female nominee is not the … Read more

Trump Changes His Tone

Tuesday night saw Donald Trump’s best speech yet. In place of his standard off-the-cuff ramblings were prewritten remarks, allowing him to achieve great technical success. He did not employ the loud, rabble-rousing rhetoric of his arena-filling rallies but instead—perhaps for the first time—sounded “presidential.” Interestingly, his emotional appeal sought not to inspire fear and frustration … Read more

Interview: Michelle Rhee

An educator and advocate for education reform, Michelle Rhee served as Public Schools Chancellor in Washington D.C. from 2007 to 2010. Following this period, she founded a non-profit organization called StudentsFirst that works for education reform. In addition to her involvement in the sphere of public policy, Rhee has been very visible with her advocacy … Read more