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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.

Course Brings Indigenous Students from Mexico to Study Global Risks at Stanford

Belen Sánchez Hernández is from Cherán, a town of 16,000 indigenous Purépecha located in central-western Mexico, and one of the few autonomous communities recognized by the government as a self-governing indigenous community. “We govern by ‘usos y costumbres’ or ‘custom and usage’ as the fight against organized crime has pushed my community to protect the rich natural resources that we depend on,” she explains, referring to her community’s decision to drive out municipal authorities complicit in the drug trade in 2011.  


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