Democracy, Race, and Ukraine

Nigerian students in Ukraine wait at the platform at the Lviv railway station on Sunday. (Bernat Armangue/AP) The Russian violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty has brought the former Eastern Bloc country to the forefront of news cycles. Democratic countries standing up to the autocratic ruler of Vladimir Putin have also been a focus of the crisis. … Continue reading Democracy, Race, and Ukraine

An Unlikely Pair: The Link Between the Uyghur Genocide and 9/11

Two people wearing masks showing colors of the Uighur heartland's flag with a hand painted with the Chinese Communist Party's colors over it. Photo Credit: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson As the U.S., Canada, the Netherlands, and other countries condemn China’s violence, internment, sterilization, and so-called re-education against its Uyghur population for the crime that it is—genocide—China’s actions … Continue reading An Unlikely Pair: The Link Between the Uyghur Genocide and 9/11

Haitian Asylum Seekers Look for Refuge, U.S. Responds with Deportation

United States Border Patrol agents on horseback try to stop Haitian migrants from entering an encampment on the banks of the Río Grande near the Acuña Del Río International Bridge in Del Río, Texas on Sept. 19. Paul Ratje/AFP via Getty Images While the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations … Continue reading Haitian Asylum Seekers Look for Refuge, U.S. Responds with Deportation

Racism is Systemic in Artificial Intelligence Systems, Too

Artificial intelligence systems have the capability to exploit existing systemic inequalities due to the ease for bias to seep in. Photo Credit: Geralt/Pixabay When many people think of artificial intelligence (AI) systems, they think of robots or self-driving cars.  AI often elicits a sense of amazement, of wonder, of possibility for the future.  But just … Continue reading Racism is Systemic in Artificial Intelligence Systems, Too

Towards a Non-Nation State

Detail from a poster for the Codesa talks. Credit: Judy Seidman Neither Settler nor Native: The Making and Unmaking of Permanent Minoritiesby Mahmood MamdaniThe Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 401 pp., $29.95 In his probing essay “In Search of a Majority” the late James Baldwin seeks to understand why Black people are treated the … Continue reading Towards a Non-Nation State

As Unusual School Year Begins, Georgetown’s SSP Steps Up DEI Efforts

Photo Credit: Pixabay/Alexandra Koch It is 2020: a year when racial injustice is topping national headlines and forcing the national security community to confront its heritage of racial prejudice, exclusion, and marginalization. Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are three core principles guiding organizations and communities as they seek to increase representation of marginalized and underrepresented … Continue reading As Unusual School Year Begins, Georgetown’s SSP Steps Up DEI Efforts

“Where the real fight begins:” What Would it Take to Solve Washington’s Diversity Crisis?

President Trump Addresses a Briefing on the Coronavirus on January 29, 2020. Photo Credit:White House Official Flickr Account  The killings of Ahmad Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd by police over the past summer have ignited a worldwide wave of protests calling for racial justice and an end to police brutality. In a deeper sense, … Continue reading “Where the real fight begins:” What Would it Take to Solve Washington’s Diversity Crisis?

The Lethal Results of Police Militarization in 2020

State police officers dispersing a protest after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May. Photo Credit: New York Times/Victor J. Blue The progression of police militarization in the United States has heightened the antagonistic relationship between state and local law enforcement and many of the civilians they have sworn to protect. The National … Continue reading The Lethal Results of Police Militarization in 2020

Security Comes First: The Link Between Global Counterinsurgency and American Policing

Police secure an intersection during a third night of unrest in Richmond, Virginia. Photo Credit: Associated Press Badges Without Borders: How Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American Policingby Stuart SchraderUniversity of California Press, 393 pp., $29.95 Stuart Schrader, author of the intellectually and empirically towering Badges Without Borders: How Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American Policing, knows that his … Continue reading Security Comes First: The Link Between Global Counterinsurgency and American Policing

The Dangers of Militarizing Racist Facial Recognition Technology

A US soldier takes biometric information. Photo Credit: Defense Systems Information Analysis Center, Cpl. Alejandro Pena In recent months, US politicians and activists have called for a nationwide ban of facial recognition systems for local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.[i] The ban comes after years of activism from researchers detailing the tendency of facial … Continue reading The Dangers of Militarizing Racist Facial Recognition Technology