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We are proud to present the first issue of the new II Journal, and we hope you find it provocative and informative. The previous II publication, Journal of the International Institute, saw its last issue published in Spring of 2009.
The new II Journal blends elements of the previous II publication with the magazine produced by the Center for International and Comparative Studies (CICS), the final issue of which came out in Spring of 2011. The II Journal will be published twice a year, and will include features on cultural change, language, literature, communications technology, political and economic development, human rights, and global security. Content will be relevant across regions and accessible to a broad audience. This issue of the II Journal (Volume 1, Number 1) focuses on major shifts taking place around the world. The authors provide vital information and insight about these important changes.
In the lead article, former II director and current Vice Provost for International Affairs, Mark Tessler, analyzes public opinion in Arab countries on issues such as democracy and the role of Islam in government. The Arab spring has created new political landscapes across the Arab world, and this article sheds light on how ordinary citizens feel about the shape of governance in their countries.
In an interview with Professor Amal Hassan Fadlalla, Omolade Adunbi explores another major global shift on the African continent as its largest country, Sudan, split into two countries in July of this year. The interview examines questions of citizenship, historical factors for secession, and possible outcomes of the split.
With the end of “don’t ask don’t tell” policy in the U.S. military, and continuing legal battles over gay and lesbian rights, the next article is timely. It takes a close look at one country’s experience with the major social and political transformations taking place around the globe on sexual rights. Sueann Caulfield examines Brazil’s recent landmark decision to grant same-sex couples legal rights to form civil unions, and the long legal march to this sweeping legislation.
The next article about women’s role in the Arab spring, written by Nadine Naber, explores how women in Egypt helped catalyze the movement that led to the Egyptian revolution. She discusses their demands regarding poverty and corruption, and calls for gender and human rights to be framed in a global context.
Two student narratives follow. Brooke Bidwell and Rachael Hancock were sponsored by CICS to complete internships in Ecuador and Switzerland. They explain how these opportunities helped shape their academic and career plans.