7/14/2016, John Washington

Global Exit Right: Brexit Signals the Latest Travel Trend

Global Exit Right: Brexit Signals the Latest Travel Trend

In 2012, when I was ordered out of Mexico for over-extending a student visa, I took a quick trip to Guatemala, flashed my United States of America passport at a guard, paid a one-peso fee, and clacked through a turnstile. In the shadow of the bridge I had just walked over, inner tube rafts loaded… more

6/10/2016, Brookings Instition

Ottoman Empire Was a 'Mosaic of Pluralism'

Ottoman Empire Was a 'Mosaic of Pluralism'

The Brookings Doha Center hosted an event on May 23, 2016, which examined religious pluralism in the Middle East. Nicolas Pelham, a correspondent on Middle East Affairs for the Economist magazine, discussed his recent book, Holy Lands: Reviving Religious Pluralism in the Middle East. He was joined by Abdelwahab el-Affendi, head of the politics and… more

5/12/2016, Columbia Global Reports

LISTEN: On Global Citizenship and Medical Tourism

LISTEN: On Global Citizenship and Medical Tourism

Nicholas Lemann discusses the origins and mission of Columbia Global Reports on The Low Down podcast, which also features interviews with Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, author of The Cosmopolites: The Coming of the Global Citizen, and Sasha Issenberg, author of Outpatients: The Astonishing New World of Medical Tourism.

4/14/2016, Nicolas Pelham

Holy Lands: Is This a Way to Bring Hope to the Middle East?

Holy Lands: Is This a Way to Bring Hope to the Middle East?

With ISIS dug in, the Israel-Palestine peace process in worse shape than ever, and the advances of the Arab Spring largely rolled back in almost every country in the region, it is hard to have hope for the Middle East. But in Holy Lands: Reviving Pluralism in the Middle East, Nicolas Pelham, Middle East correspondent for The Economist, presents an original… more

9/14/2015, Bethany McLean

The Biggest Remaining Risk in Today's Financial System, Hiding in Plain Sight

The Biggest Remaining Risk in Today's Financial System, Hiding in Plain Sight

“If the housing market tanks, so does the stock market. No matter who you are, this is hugely impactful. And no one is talking about it. No one realizes it.” —Ryan Israel, partner at Pershing Square Capital Management. On a bitterly cold gray day in December 2014, there was a strangely large crowd at the… more

9/14/2015, Bethany McLean

I've Written Books about Enron and the Financial Crisis, but Fannie Mae Is the Scariest of Them All

I've Written Books about Enron and the Financial Crisis, but Fannie Mae Is the Scariest of Them All

What are the risks remaining to the global financial system in the wake of the crisis of 2008? I have thought a lot about this topic, but I’ve always believed that trying to forecast the cause of the next meltdown is an exercise in futility. One rule about financial crises that seems to hold true… more

8/24/2015, Columbia News Staff

Columbia Launches Publishing Imprint to Cover Global Issues

Columbia Launches Publishing Imprint to Cover Global Issues

Story and video by Columbia News Staff: Soon after announcing that he would step down as dean of Columbia Journalism School, Nicholas Lemann had a conversation with University President Lee C. Bollinger, who had appointed him to the job a decade earlier. "We're going to start a news organization to cover globalization," Bollinger said. And… more

8/24/2015, Clay Shirky

Why China's Economy is OK—but China's Government Is Not

Why China's Economy is OK—but China's Government Is Not

You can sum up what's happened to the Chinese stock market this summer in a few quick figures. If you'd invested in the Shanghai Composite a year ago—August of 2014—when the index was around 2,200 points, your investment would have increased in value by 45 percent through today. If you'd waited until Jan. 1, 2015… more