U.S. Government Shutdown: Impact on Diplomacy and the ‘Strategic Pivot’

The current government shutdown, driven by Congress’ failure to come to an agreement on domestic issues that include whether or not to raise the debt ceiling and clashes over President Obama’s signature health care initiative, may have broader implications for diplomacy and global security...

Cracking the GRE: Analytical Writing

The Analytical Writing section of the GRE is designed to assess critical thinking and analytical writing skills, including the ability to express complex ideas clearly and effectively while sustaining a coherent and focused discussion. The test does not evaluate specific content knowledge...

Cracking the GRE: Quantitative Reasoning

For some people, the quantitative reasoning portion of the GRE can be a daunting, but necessary aspect of the graduate school process. It’s something that provokes long-buried images of high school calculus classes and geometric proofs. But it doesn’t have to stay an intimidating nightmare...

Cracking the GRE: Verbal Reasoning

Graduate school students need to be able to understand and analyze advanced-level prose. This includes knowing the definition of individual words and grasping the meaning of sentences, paragraphs, and larger bodies of text. The purpose of the Verbal Reasoning section of the GRE is to assess your comprehension...

Cracking the GRE: Preparation

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is an assessment test required by many graduate schools. Graduate admissions and fellowship panels use GRE results in combination with undergraduate transcripts, personal recommendations, and other criteria to determine who will be accepted into their programs...

Violence Returns to Iraq, Disrupting a Five-Year Peace

For the past five years Iraq enjoyed a period of relative peace, a sustained lull in violence suggesting that the country’s chaotic civil war had finally run its course. That hope, however, was shattered in the spring of 2013. A string of attacks by the al-Qaeda-linked ‘Islamic State of Iraq’ group have claimed almost...