Interviews

Governing the Arctic: Finding Consensus in a Region of Increasing Interest

Editor’s Note: David Biette spoke with the Yale Journal of International Affairs in April 2015, several weeks before the United States assumed the chairmanship of the Arctic Council. The interview reflects the wide-ranging set of... more

Democracy on the Rise: Ambassador Johnnie Carson on the 2015 Nigerian Presidential Elections

Yale Journal of International Affairs: Thinking about the Nigerian election and what was happening over the last few months on the ground: on March 30, following the elections, which had first been delayed, incumbent Goodluck Jonathan conceded... more

Enabling Access to Markets: Bitcoin’s Vision of a Participatory Digital Economy

Yale Journal of International Affairs: In 2008, Satoshi Nakamoto published a white paper about a frictionless, electronic payment system. I was hoping you could discuss a little bit Satoshi’s vision in 2008, and how it has grown up today in 2015.... more

Thinking Over the Horizon: Michèle Flournoy on Prudential Foreign Policy in the World Today

Yale Journal of International Affairs: You are well known for publishing a piece in the lead-up to the 2008 election titled “The Inheritance and the Way Forward,” advising the next president of the United States on what he or she should tackle... more

LGBT Rights in International Politics

Yale Journal of International Affairs: In September, the UN Human Rights Council passed an important resolution to combat violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and the resolution was largely led by a coalition... more

Reconsidering “Reset”: Engaging with Russia during the Obama Administration

Yale Journal of International Affairs: Your time as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow coincided with the “reset” in U.S.-Russian relations. To start, I thought we could talk about what you would consider as the major... more

Renegotiating the Nature of Citizenship: Constitution Making in South Africa

Yale Journal of International Affairs: So for those who may not be as familiar with the historical formation of South African democracy, I wonder if you could describe the specific role that you played in creating what was then a new national... more

Cautious Optimism: A Realistic Approach to African Development

Yale Journal of International Affairs: You are here at Yale to deliver the Coca-Cola World Fund Lecture entitled “Afro-Optimism, Has the Pendulum Swung Too Far?” Could you describe for us what you mean by the pendulum swinging too far,... more

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