Navigating New Depths of Democracy and Identity

We proudly present the first issue of Polemics of the 2013/ 2014 academic year. Last year, the magazine underwent a dramatic redesign, and we continue to raise the already demanding standards of writing. We have also re-established the French and German language section Relations│internationale(s)│Beziehungen, to embrace the Diplomatic Academy’s multilingual ethos. We are proud of our new team, thrilled that their incredible enthusiasm and dedication has produced the magazine that you now hold in your hands.

The summer of 2013 was unprecedented. Edward Snowden’s leaks unraveled surveillance networks while protesters made their voices heard from Gezi Park, and Russia’s diplomatic strategy helped eradicate chemical weapons in Syria.

With so much going on around us, we searched for a common thread: do we all have a bit of a Cold War hangover? These issues seem to be the tailings of the Cold War, and are still being defined even as we approach the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

We would like to express our gratitude toward Dardis McNamee of the Vienna Review for her insightful writing workshops and the unwavering support of DASI and the administration for supporting Polemics by facilitating the design, writing, and website workshops that have helped our team develop new skill sets to complement their studies at the DA.

It is our hope that Polemics can provide a medium for discussion, and we look forward to your feedback.

Sincerely,

Kaleb Warnock and Catherine Hooker

Editors-in-Chief

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