2020 Year in Review Highlights


Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, our students, faculty and staff showed resilience and resolve as they continued their pursuit of solutions to pressing global challenges.


Below, we’ve rounded up some of the most significant news, events, and happenings of 2020 at the Keough School of Global Affairs.

Insights from the new Dignity & Development blog

Human dignity is expressed in our relationships with, and obligations to family, community, and, ultimately, to all of humanity.

Keough School News Stories

As students, we have had our flexibility and patience tested to the limits and as a result have become more adaptable, more creative, and gained a broad skill set.

Student Stories

We are proud of how we made things work for ourselves despite the obstacles and made this past summer a richer learning experience than we could ever imagine!

Faculty in the Media

When I received the call from President-elect Biden, I assured him that I will represent the voices of all veterans at every level, on every issue, every day. Those who have served this nation, their caregivers and survivors should expect nothing less.

Policy Conversations

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Beyond the Ballot: Taiwan’s Elections and Their Implications for US Policy

Analysis of the January 2020 Taiwanese elections and their implications for US-China relations.

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Friday, June 19, 2020

Refugees Trapped in a Global Pandemic: An Assault on Human Dignity

A conversation on COVID-19 and the ways it threatens the safety and wellbeing of refugees and displaced people.

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Thursday, October 1, 2020

South Sudan: Progress Toward Peace or Locked in Crisis?

An update on the 2013-2015 mediation process and implementation of the South Sudan peace agreement.

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Nuclear missile
Wednesday, October 21, 2020

New START: Catholic-Evangelical Dialogue on Nuclear Disarmament

A discussion with prominent Evangelical and Catholic leaders and scholars about the future of the last remaining nuclear weapons agreement between the United States and Russia.

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Monday, October 26, 2020

American Democracy at Risk: A Global Comparative Perspective

Insights from global elections experts on how Americans can safeguard their democracy in the 2020 election and in the years to come.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Politics and Gender: Maintaining Women’s Meaningful Participation in Afghanistan

A conversation about how the international community can protect investments made to institutionalize women’s rights in Afghanistan.

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British, Irish, and EU flags
Tuesday, December 8, 2020

After Brexit: The Future of Ireland’s Relationship with the US and UK

A discussion on how Brexit may impact Ireland’s relationship with the United States and the United Kingdom.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

A foreign policy conversation with US Senator Chris Murphy

A Q&A with Senator Chris Murphy on the top policy issues facing the 117th US Congress and the Biden administration.

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