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Category: International Relations

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The Storming of the Bastille

Ten days after the Fourth of July, France will celebrate its own national holiday, called Bastille Day, or Fête nationale française. Why is the storming of the Bastille celebrated more than 230 years later? Let’s find out!

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Exploring Constitutional Change with Jef Ruchti

In many countries around the world, constitutional change is happening on a regular basis. We spoke with Jef Ruchti, who has provided his editorial expertise and constitutional knowledge while working on the World Constitutions Illustrated database.

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U.S. Treaty Database: A Record That Stands Out

The U.S. Treaties & Agreements Library, which has a rich history, features a vast collection of treaty agreements including texts of agreements not yet officially published by the United States Department of State.

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The Pentagon Leak

Classified documents from the Pentagon began circulating on the social media platform Discord in March. These documents discussed everything from the war in Ukraine, to protests in Israel, to Egypt’s plans to build thousands of rockets for Russia.

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The Brittney Griner Prisoner Swap

Brittney Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and prodigious WNBA player, was detained, arrested, and imprisoned in Russia after airport authorities found a gram of cannabis oil inside of her luggage.

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In or Out: The Complicated History Between NATO and Ukraine

On February 24th, Russia launched what Vladimir Putin called a “special military operation” in Ukraine, claiming to seek demilitarization and denazification. In this blog we take a look at the complicated history between NATO and Ukraine.

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The Movement to Free Niagara

Niagara Falls is considered one of the great natural wonders of the world. But by the early 20th century, it had almost ran dry. Learn about the conservation movement to Free Niagara in this blog post.

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Paving the Way: Colin Powell’s Career and Legacy

Colin Powell, former secretary of state and at one time the highest-ranking Black person in the nation, passed away on Monday, October 18 from complications of COVID-19 at age 84. Despite being fully vaccinated, Powell’s fight with multiple myeloma had significantly weakened his immune system.