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North Korean Propaganda: The Beauty Tactic

North Korea recent attempts to change its image in the world should be viewed with caution, according to SAIS student Jaeeun Lee. She identifies several recent examples of North Korea’s use of the “beauty tactic.” By placing beautiful women such as Ri Sol-ju and beauty cheerleader squads at the center stage of their recent diplomatic efforts, she argues that the country is employing a diplomatic façade meant to obscure the reality of the regime.

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Economics International Development South America

Too Many Remittances?

At a time where the international flow of remittances has received a great deal of criticisms by those on the political right, Jorge de Leon Miranda, a researcher at the International Monetary Fund, attempts to investigate the magnitude and effects of international remittances. In doing so, he discovered that remittances from the United States make up a great deal of the remittance inflow for at least fifteen countries and that the level of remittance inflow has an appreciable effect level of that country’s development.

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Asia Pacific Economics North America Policy & Politics

The 2012 Presidential Election and U.S.-China Relations

In her op-ed, Molly Silver examines the candidates’ rhectoric on China and its implications for U.S.-China relations.

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Asia Pacific Book Reviews Economics Governance & Law North America Policy & Politics

In A G-Zero World, It’s Every Nation For Itself

Devin Stewart reviews Ian Bremmer’s new book, “Every Nation For Itself: Winners and Losers in a G-Zero World.”

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Asia Pacific Europe North America Policy & Politics

Making Biography in Foreign Policy: Elections 2012

This year’s slew of elections and other leadership selection processes will see new heads of state in many capitals around the world. Leadership matters—as Ralph Waldo Emerson put it, “there is properly no history, only biography….” Presidential elections have already been held in Taiwan and Russia this year, as have parliamentary elections in Greece and […]