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Students sit at desks in a classroom.

Who Speaks English?

The world is long overdue for the abandonment of the unstated but powerful hegemony that exists around the great imperial languages of centuries past.

A teacher interacts with students at a UNRWA school.
A teacher interacts with students at a UNRWA school.
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Why the World’s Top Economists Are Going to Jackson Hole

Plus: The United States is having a massive teacher shortage.

Tafsir Siyaposh visits a friend in Kabul to discuss what can be done about the current situation of women in Afghanistan on June 2.
Tafsir Siyaposh visits a friend in Kabul to discuss what can be done about the current situation of women in Afghanistan on June 2.

Meet the Woman Who Makes the Taliban Squirm

Tafsir Siyaposh has spent the past year pressing the Taliban on women’s rights by besting them at their own theological jousts on live television.

Closeup photo of Pap Ndiaye
Closeup photo of Pap Ndiaye

The Education of Pap Ndiaye

A quiet academic becomes a lightning rod in France’s culture wars.

Opening day at the University of Hong Kong old hall in 1969
Opening day at the University of Hong Kong old hall in 1969
The Pillar of Shame is displayed at the campus of the University of Hong Kong.
The Pillar of Shame is displayed at the campus of the University of Hong Kong.

In Hong Kong, a Once Liberal University Feels Beijing’s Weight

With protesters crushed and memorials removed, there’s no room for campus dissent.

Girls attend class in Afghanistan.
Girls attend class in Afghanistan.

Taliban Reversal on Girls’ Education Ignites World’s Anger

The sudden about-face could undercut the Taliban’s hopes for international recognition.

A crowd of protesters walk from the U.S. Capitol building to the White House.
A crowd of protesters walk from the U.S. Capitol building to the White House.

How the Real World Shows Up in the IR Classroom

A gender and generational divide influences how professors teach about history-making events.

Palestinians collect food aid at a U.N. distribution center.
Palestinians collect food aid at a U.N. distribution center.

Palestinian Schools Have a Problem—and Are Running Out of Time

The U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees has failed to fulfill demands for reform—and may soon face the consequences.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at the opening of the Confucius Institute in Stralsund, Germany, on Aug. 30, 2016.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at the opening of the Confucius Institute in Stralsund, Germany, on Aug. 30, 2016.

German Academic Freedom Is Now Decided in Beijing

German universities are bowing to China on censorship. That could finally change under the new government.

Students gather in an amphitheater at the Université Thomas Sankara near Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso on Oct. 15.
Students gather in an amphitheater at the Université Thomas Sankara near Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso on Oct. 15.

Africa’s Youth Unemployment Crisis Is a Global Problem

Governments and donors must stop focusing solely on skills development and entrepreneurship—or risk more youth migration, unrest, and terrorism.

Schoolgirls in Kabul
Schoolgirls in Kabul

School’s Out in the Taliban’s Afghanistan

The Taliban say modern education is of no use as the country heads toward economic meltdown and starvation.

Portraits of Islamic clerics hang in an Iranian library.
Portraits of Islamic clerics hang in an Iranian library.

Tehran’s Harvard Incubated Iran’s New Government

The school’s mission is to find the most talented Iranians willing to serve the state—and give them access to power.

Rodrigo Tuz Díaz, 11, a student at the Ignacio Ramírez Calzada primary school, works on his schoolwork at his home in the Indigenous community of Celtún, Yucatán state, Mexico, on May 3, as schools remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rodrigo Tuz Díaz, 11, a student at the Ignacio Ramírez Calzada primary school, works on his schoolwork at his home in the Indigenous community of Celtún, Yucatán state, Mexico, on May 3, as schools remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mexico’s School Closures Are Increasing Inequality

With schools shut for over a year, limited access to technology is exacerbating the education gap, leaving Indigenous communities behind.

Students look at booklets at their desks on the first day back to school at the National School of Tabarre in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince on Sept. 5, 2016.
Students look at booklets at their desks on the first day back to school at the National School of Tabarre in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince on Sept. 5, 2016.

Haiti’s Foreign Language Stranglehold

Around 90 percent of Haitians speak only Haitian Creole. So why is school mostly conducted in French?

Advocates for student debt cancellation in front of the White House
Advocates for student debt cancellation in front of the White House

You Shouldn’t Have to Pay for That IR Master’s

Institutions like the State Department need to scrap credentialism.

Students march in a racial justice protest
Students march in a racial justice protest

Did America’s Racial Awakening Reach IR Professors?

Nearly half of international relations scholars spent more time in class on race and racial justice—but with key demographic differences.

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