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Has democracy failed in Turkey? One scholar, activist shares his story

Halil Yenigun is a visiting postdoctoral scholar at Stanford’s Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, who left Turkey in 2016 amidst a government crackdown on dissenting academics. In the below interview, Yenigun shares his story of advocating for democracy, human rights, and peace in Turkey, and calls for “global democratic solidarity” across borders to keep invasive governments in check.

New book examines the decline of U.S. hegemony in the Western Hemisphere

In Bush II, Obama, and the Decline of U.S. Hegemony in the Western Hemisphere Thomas O’Keefe, lecturer in international relations, applies competing definitions and conceptions of hegemony to various foreign policy initiatives and events during the George W. Bush & Obama administrations to test whether they manifest a decline in traditional U.S. dominance and leadership in the Western Hemisphere.

Stanford student conducts research on India’s 181 helpline for women

With co-sponsorship by the Center for South Asia and the WSD Handa Center for Human Rights & International Justice, Stanford student Japsimran Kaur, ’18, spent her summer working with a team of Stanford researchers in Gujarat, India.

Stanford Global Studies colleagues Sangeeta Mediratta, Associate Director, Center for South Asia, and Meredith Miller Vostrejs, Program Manager, WSD Handa Center for Human Rights & International Justice, sat down for a Q&A with Japsimran to reflect on her summer experience.

Research spotlight: Emma Puighermanal

As a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Functional Genomics in Montpellier, France, Emma Puighermanal works on how an important brain structure called the striatum controls behavior.

Dysfunction in the striatum is associated with multiple neurological and psychiatric disorders including Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease, schizophrenia, autism, and addiction, among others. To better understand this structure and how it is affected by disease, she used different tools to study the striatum at the level of genes, neurons, and neural circuits.

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