Despite the rhetoric of the Trump administration, the goals of the U.S. and Mexican governments are more aligned than one might think. Now both countries have to get their acts together.
Every year, as part of his classes at Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Chris Sabatini has his students write a 500 to 800 word op-ed. He picks the best and publishes them on the website. We like to think this is a great way to reward students that excel, while us, the consumers of opinion, get direct insight into the issues that college and graduate students see as the current priorities in the countries they are from or work on.
Below are essays from Chris’ students and students of different contributors to this site. Enjoy.
The problem often exists far from the public eye, but the severe overcrowding of prisons in Brazil is another example of state weakness.
India’s entry for the Oscars, Visaaranai, didn’t win. But it helped direct attention to a real and all-too-often overlooked problem: police abuse and impunity.
Singapore remains a laggard when it comes to protections for LGBT rights. It’s time for change.
In 2007 Mayor Bloomberg’s effort to create a congestion fee failed. Luckily a new plan that addresses the flaws of the original proposal is now under consideration.
While they are not officially banned from working, customs and laws that prevent women from driving are keeping a majority of Saudi Arabia’s citizens out of the workforce, at great risk to the future of its economy.
Mexico sends its least-prepared instructors to the country’s rural indigenous communities, condemning their children to poor education and poverty.
India’s Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) has consistently failed to meet its objectives in reducing poverty. The reason: the unrealistic expectations and burdens placed on the under-trained community leaders.
The Nicaraguan government’s expulsion of U.S. citizens—linked loosely to the military—found fertile ground in the country’s popular opinion. Surveys by LAPOP demonstrate high levels of distrust in Nicaragua toward the U.S. military—especially among those who support Ortega.
There are a number of things pending in the full implementation of a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). One of them is the harmonization of degree programs, and it’s hurting the labor pool and the children of NAFTA.