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Are assigned readings from women professors different?

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imageGender plays a role in what you read for courses.COD Newsroom, CC BY

Do male and female instructors differ in the way they teach international relations (IR)? New evidence suggests that they do.

The value of gender diversity has beenemphasizedoverandover again. Even so, much work remains to be done. For example, only 24% of full-time political...

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As Syrian refugee crisis spreads to Europe, lessons from Turkey

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imageEast meets West: refugees cross from Turkey into Greece.Reuters

In the first week of September, the Syrian refugee crisis finally came to Western Europe.

Thousands of refugees who had been bottled up in Hungary started heading for the Austrian border, on trains, buses and finally on foot. Most are on their way to Germany, which has declared that all...

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Why only now – after 51 years – war is ending in Colombia

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imagePeace at last REUTERS/Cesar Carrion/Colombian Presidency/Handout via Reuters

Colombia’s civil war is finally winding down. Over the past 51 years, it has killed over 250,000 people and displaced over five million. It has caused havoc in the rural economy and the environment.

But now – after four years of difficult talks in Havana, Cuba...

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What happens to men who stay abstinent until marriage?

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imageSeattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his girlfriend Ciara arrive at a White House State Dinner in April.Yuri Gripas/Reuters

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his girlfriend, the singer Ciara, recently announced plans to remain sexually abstinent until marriage.

It was a vow that came as a surprise to many. After all, sexual...

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Denis Mukwege deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in Congo

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imageDenis MukwegeTorleif Svensson/Panzi Hospital, CC BY

Regardless of who wins the Nobel Peace Prize this year, Denis Mukwege deserves the award for his important work in Congo.

Mukwege is a Congolese physician who heals broken bodies and restores dignity to survivors of sexualized violence at Panzi Hospital.

According to hospital records, he has...

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Chemistry Nobel DNA research lays foundation for new ways to fight cancer

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imageYou'd be in bad shape if your cells couldn't fix DNA issues that arise.redondoself, CC BY

Our cells are up against a daily onslaught of damage to the DNA that encodes our genes. It takes constant effort to keep up with the DNA disrepair – and if our cells didn’t bother to try to fix it, we might not survive. The DNA damage repair...

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Japan may have tricky time passing TPP after making concessions on rice, beef

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imageJapan agreed to lower tariffs on beef as a part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.Reuters

Japan, by far the second-biggest economy in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) behind the US, played a key role in finalizing the trade pact in Atlanta over the weekend.

The accord represents Act II of the strengthening relationship between Japan and the US...

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Want a 'free lunch'? Invest in America's infrastructure

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imageMinneapolis learned the tragic consequences of crumbling infrastructure in 2007.Reuters

A recent report showed unexpectedly slow job growth over the summer, raising the odds of a stall in the already sluggish US economic recovery.

While this in itself is disappointing, the even greater disappointment is the failure to do anything about it,...

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A carbon tax in waiting: we're not adapting as fast as climate is changing

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imageObama made a trip to Alaska to steer the national conversation to the effects of climate change.Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Although football and fall are in the air, it’s worth the time to reflect back to President Obama’s two trips he took just before Labor Day to New Orleans and Alaska. The locations are thousands of miles apart and the...

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