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Democratic and Republican National Conventions Highlight Importance of Voting and Global Affairs

At a time when a pandemic is gripping the world, China is undermining democratic movements in Hong Kong and abroad, Russia is working to disrupt elections in Europe and the United States, global climate change looms as an existential threat, and immigration continues to be at the highest level since World War II, the global dimensions of the 2020 US election could not be clearer.

Voting is not a spectator sport and, as our namesake Rep. Lee Hamilton reminds us, “Whether we believe our country is rising or declining, our obligation is the same—to do our part.”

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November 3: #VoteTogether

Voting is one of the most important duties we have as American citizens. The Hamilton Lugar School strongly encourages its students, faculty, and staff to engage in the political process and make their voices heard by voting in the 2020 General Election—in Bloomington or via absentee ballot. Indiana voter registration closes on October 5. Please check US Vote Foundation to find state-specific deadlines.

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Afnan was born in Saudi Arabia after her parents fled the civil war in Somalia. When she was 7, they moved to Syria and spent a decade in Damascus before relocating to to Indianapolis, Indiana as refugees. She has always been passionate about working for and with refugees and displaced people and volunteered with the same organization that took care of her family. Afnan attended Indiana University and received her bachelor’s in International Studies with a concentration in Human Rights and International Law from the Hamilton Lugar School. While at HLS, she also taught Arabic for three years and served as co-host for IU’s Preemptive Love chapter. Afnan now works for Preemptive Love as a Gathering Growth Officer and hopes to , hoping to help change the ideas that lead to war globally.

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Ranging from Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, and Thomas Jefferson to Henry Kissinger, Ronald Reagan, and James Baker, America in the World tells the vibrant story of American diplomacy. Recounting the actors and events of US foreign policy, Zoellick identifies five traditions that have emerged from America’s encounters with the world. These traditions frame a closing review of post-Cold War presidencies, which Zoellick foresees serving as guideposts for the future.

America in the World A History of U.S. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy Foreign Policy

By Robert B. Zoellick

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Our top 6 foreign policy satires

  • The Great Dictator (1940) Starring Charlie Chaplin, The Great Dictator lampoons Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, and fascism more generally.
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) Based on Peter George’s 1958 novel Red Alert, this classic directed by Stanley Kubrick mocks the logic of nuclear strategy and the officials behind it.
  • M*A*S*H (1970) Before they became household names in the hit TV series, the irreverent characters staffing a medical unit in the Korean War were first introduced in M*A*S*H the movie, directed by Robert Altman.
  • Catch-22 (1970) An airman would have to be insane to fly more combat missions, and if he is insane, he would be unfit to fly. However, if an airman recognizes the danger of continuing to fly, he must be sane and so is fit to fly. This is the catch-22 of Mike Nichols’s 1970 anti-war film, based on Joseph Heller’s novel of the same name.
  • Wag the Dog (1997) Directed by Barry Levinson, this is the story of a spin doctor and a Hollywood producer who fake a war to cover up a presidential sex scandal. The Bill Clinton sex scandal broke just one month after the movie hit theaters.
  • In the Loop (2009) When a mid-level British minister accidentally remarks that a Middle East war is “unforeseeable,” he becomes a bumbling pawn for both doves and hawks of the British and US governments.

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